Starring Ralph Waite, Bruce Campbell, Barry Corbin, Victor Slezak, Caprice Bendetti, Vince Grant
Film review by Scott Mowry | April 2008
More than likely, this little film, "Timequest," completely slipped by your notice at the video rental store when it was on the shelves in 2002. It is your classic Hollywood B-Movie fare, with very few known actors attached to it, so it was relatively easy to miss. But surprisingly, this is quite an interesting movie, I must tell you.
The basic premise is an intriguing one: what if Jack and Bobby Kennedy were warned about their deaths before the events actually took place? And rather, having both survived, how much different would the American political landscape have been?
These are some very interesting questions to consider and this film provides some compelling answers. Director and screenwriter, Robert Dyke, has obviously put a lot of thought into how history might have unfolded as a result.
"Timequest's" main character, just simply known as "the Time Traveler," is played by Ralph Waite, probably the most familiar face in this entire movie. Some of you might remember Waite as the father on the popular show, "The Walton's," which was a big television hit in the Seventies on CBS. But don't look for any other recognizable stars here, as all the other characters are played by such B-movie veterans like, Bruce Campbell, and Barry Corbin, (from yet another CBS show, "Northern Exposure"), among others.
Waite's character is an inventor in the year 1963 who creates a time machine that allows him to transport himself back to a point precisely hours before JFK's murder was to have taken place in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963.
He quite literally pops in, unannounced, precisely into Jack and Jacqueline's hotel suite and proceeds to inform them of the terrible events that are about to unfold for them on that very day. He even manages to get in a lecture to both Jack, and Bobby, about their rumored indiscretions with movie starlet, Marilyn Monroe, and how history will frown upon them further down the road. Far fetched and cheesy, I know, but still entertaining enough to consider.
The film also speculates on the aftermath of JFK's survival, in a montage of events that could have followed. It is important to note, however, that indeed, if JFK had been somehow able to survive and serve out not one, but two terms, our world would have been so profoundly and remarkably different, on so many levels, it would be mind boggling to even consider. Because JFK's murder not only altered the history of the US, but even more profoundly, the entire world, as well
Had he not been killed in 1963, JFK probably would have had to endure some even more unimaginable pressures from a dark side that has become so entrenched in the US government, since the end of the Civil War and remains there to this day. And it is believed by some historians that JFK came to realize, much to his horror, how deep and dangerous that dark influence really went, during his first two years in office.
Sources have speculated that Kennedy had bravely planned to eliminate a number of corrupt institutions and policies within the government including; the Federal Reserve, the CIA, the Vietnam War and the procedure of providing nuclear weapons to the state of Israel, among other noble stances he took on.
JFK knew, as much as any President since, that America was controlled by secret forces outside of its borders and they had a stranglehold upon the American people. Indeed, he gave a speech in 1962 in which he warned of the influence of secret societies upon our government.
"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings," Kennedy cautioned.
The film really only touches on a few obvious changes that would have taken place had JFK, and RFK, both lived and I will leave you to discover those for yourself. But let's just say that J. Edgar Hoover, for one, doesn't get the government pension he was counting on.
All in all, "Timequest" is a great way to spend an evening if you looking for a thought provoking and, dare I say, inspirational film to watch.
I admit that I have often longed for a more lasting JFK administration than what we ended up with and I have often pondered how different our country might have been to this day.
Eventually, however, I am certain that history will be rewritten to reveal that the true, honorable deeds of Jack and Robert Kennedy, were much more heroic and courageous than most Americans have realized. Their brutal assassinations are testament to that ideal.
But until that day comes, we can only fantasize with a movie like "Timequest."
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