Mon, Oct 4, 2004 120 mins
Documentarian David Grubin, who has profiled FDR and LBJ (among others) for "The American Experience," takes the measure of "RFK." A shy, if driven man, Robert Kennedy "wasn't built for the spotlight, he was built for the wings," says journalist Jack Newfield, and while John Kennedy was alive (covered in the first hour), that's where Bobby stayed---making certain that JFK remained in the spotlight. After Nov. 22, 1963, however, "we saw him grow," says civil-rights veteran John Lewis. Kennedy's famously tense relationship with LBJ was ruptured beyond repair by Vietnam, and he made the plight of the dispossessed his moral and political passion. Says Newfield: "He saw somebody hurting and he hurt."