DVD | John F. Kennedy 1917 - 1963

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  • A Film by Four-Time Academy Award® Winner CHARLES GUGGENHEIM
  • The 35th President of the United States 
  • He touched the hearts and minds of the free world 

At the age of forty-three, John F. Kennedy was the youngest man and first Catholic to be elected President of the United States. His life ended at the age of forty-six. Born into a fierce family loyalty with an unrelenting competitive spirit, his quick mind, eloquence, and tireless commitment to public service captivated and inspired the nation and the world.

The film was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Library Corporation for the 1979 dedication of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. John F. Kennedy 1917- 1963 captures the spirit of JFK’s life and leadership, from his gift of humanizing government through humor and eloquence, to his courage facing challenges at home and abroad: the threat of nuclear war during 3 the Cuban missile crisis, the moral struggle of the civil rights movement, the race to the moon, the Cold War with the Soviet Union, and his historic speech at the Berlin Wall.

With the help of the Kennedy family and historians, this biography illuminates JFK’s childhood along with his heroism in World War II, service as Congressman and Senator, and his determination to win the presidency. For the first time, this film uses the talents of numerous filmmakers and photographers whose exclusive access to JFK allowed the nation to live closely with a President who was determined not to accept the future, but to make it.

John F. Kennedy 1917-1963 is an invaluable and intimate portrait of one of America’s greatest leaders—whose devotion to the interests of his country made all citizens proud to be American.