Bobby is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Emilio Estevez. The screenplay is a fictionalized account of the hours leading up to the June 5, 1968 shooting of United States Senator from New York and former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in the kitchen of The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles following his win in the California Democratic Party primary for the 1968 Presidential Election.
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The film recreates the ambiance of the era and invokes the hopes inspired by Kennedy through the use of actual newsreel footage of the senator intercut with dramatic sequences involving mostly fictional characters. It uses an ensemble plot device similar to that employed in the 1932 film Grand Hotel, and later used by Robert Altman in Nashville.
The characters include John Casey (Hopkins), a retired hotel doorman who spends his days playing chess with his friend Nelson (Belafonte) in the lobby; Diane (Lohan), who is marrying her friend William (Wood) with the hope his marital status will have him deployed to a military base in Germany rather than the battlefields of Vietnam when his tour of duty begins; Virginia Fallon (Moore), an alcoholic singer whose career is on the downswing, her put-upon husband/manager Tim (Estevez), and her agent Phil (Krumholtz); Miriam Ebbers (Stone), a beautician who works in the hotel salon, and her husband Paul (Macy), the hotel manager, who is having an affair with switchboard operator Angela (Graham); food and beverage manager Daryl Timmons (Slater), whose racist attitude gets him fired; African American sous chef Edward Robinson (Fishburne) and Mexican American busboys José and Miguel (Rodriguez and Vargas); hotel coffee shop waitress Susan (Winstead); Jimmy and Cooper (Geraghty and LaBeouf), campaign volunteers who are sidetracked by an acid trip they take with the help of drug dealer Fisher (Kutcher); married socialites and campaign donors Samantha and Jack (Hunt and Sheen); campaign manager Wade and staffer Dwayne (Jackson and Cannon), who is in a love interest with Angela's colleague, Patricia (Bryant); and Czechoslovak reporter Lenka
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