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Trivia for Chappaquiddick

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  • In the years following the Dyke bridge/Ted Kennedy tragety, and to this day, the Dyke bridge is affectionately referred to as "The Kennedy Car Wash" by Edgartown locals.
  • The extras to play the captain and the deckhand on the ferry sequence are actually captains and deckhands on the boat in real life dressed up to match their 60's counterparts
  • Jason Clarke, who plays Ted Kennedy is this film, was born on July 17th, 1969, just one day before the Chappaquiddick incident on July 18th, 1969.
  • Part of the film was filmed in Rockport, Massachusetts.
  • How Ted Kennedy got out of the car has never been explained. Neither he nor all the investigators (and investigations) offered an explanation.
  • Though not mentioned in the movie, there were three other men at the cottage with Ted Kennedy, Joseph Gargan, and Paul F. Markham. They were Charles Tretter, Raymond La Rosa, and John Crimmins.
  • When Ted is being chastised by his lawyers for his actions, they refer to his actions as "John Wayne stuff." Bruce Dern, who plays Joseph Kennedy, Sr. in this film, had previously appeared with Wayne in the film The Cowboys, killing his character. It was one of Wayne's few on-screen deaths.
  • From the phone booth, Ted asks to make a collect call to his father. However, he never identifies himself as Ted Kennedy; just Ted; and never tells the operator whom he is calling.

Spoilers

  • Chappaquiddick is the name of the island in Massachusetts where the accident occurred that killed Mary Jo Kopechne.
  • Joseph Kennedy Sr. (Bruce Dern) has only three lines. Twice off screen he says "Alibi," while in person he only says "You'll never be great."
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