Timequest (film)

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Directed by Robert Dyke
Produced by Gary Bloom
Charles F. Cirgenski
Ron Cook
James A. Courtney
Mary Petryshyn
Tom Van Scyoc
Written by Robert Dyke
Starring Victor Slezak
Caprice Benedetti
Vince Grant
Bruce Campbell
Barry Corbin
Music by Dan Kolton
Cinematography Lon Stratton
Edited by Joseph Kleinman
Distributed by Ardustry
Creative Light Worldwide
Release dates
April 13, 2002 (2002-04-13)
Running time
95 minutes
Language English

Timequest is a 2002 science-fiction film directed by Robert Dyke. It stars Victor Slezak as John F. Kennedy, Caprice Benedetti as Jacqueline Kennedy, Vince Grant, and popular b-movie actor Bruce Campbell. After premiering on April 13, 2002, the film had a limited theatrical release in the United States, followed shortly by distribution on VHS and DVD to the United States, Canada, and Australia.


Timequest explores the science fiction theme of altering the present day by traveling back in time and tampering with past events. In this particular film, on the morning of November 22, 1963, a elderly man (Ralph Waite) who wears spacesuit-type clothing materializes in the hotel suite occupied by Jackie Kennedy (Caprice Benedetti). The Time Traveler shows Jackie future television footage of the assassination and funeral of John F. Kennedy (Victor Slezak). Shortly thereafter, the Time Traveler speaks to the president and to the cynical Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Vince Grant), giving them details of their respective assassinations (as it takes the Time Traveler quite a bit to convince Robert Kennedy that he is who he says he is as Kennedy attempts to debunk the Time Traveler's story) and of the public revelations of JFK's sex scandals, convincing the president to remain faithful to his wife. The Time Traveler, knowing Bobby's ways, won't state his name or his birthplace, but does mention that he was born on this day. The Time Traveler asks Jackie to dance with him; she does (the Time Traveler is obsessed with Jackie Kennedy).

The Time Traveler and the three Kennedys drink a toast in the hotel suite just before 12:30 pm, which is the time that history is definitely changed (JFK is shot-JFK is not shot). At 12:30 the Time Traveler turns into nothingness, and the lead-crystal glass that he was holding drops to the floor and shatters. Bobby finds a piece of glass with the Time Traveler's fingerprint on it. Lee Harvey Oswald (Jeffery Steiger) is captured, and Jack Ruby is killed before he can shoot Oswald. Clint Hill and Bobby Kennedy head to the grassy knoll and Hill takes out two gunman (indicating the film producers' belief in the conspiracy theories about the assassination). Oswald is taken to Washington, D.C. and interrogated by the Warren Commission; as a result, the CIA is disbanded. When J. Edgar Hoover threatens to blackmail the President by revealing audio tapes of Kennedy having sex with Marilyn Monroe, Robert Kennedy counters by threatening to release photos of Hoover's alleged homosexuality. When Hoover caves in and agrees to hand over the tapes, Robert Kennedy also demands Hoover hand in his letter of resignation.

Similar to a future situation, John and Jackie Kennedy appear on television. John reveals his infidelities and asks for forgiveness from both his wife and the nation. Jackie stands with her husband and asks the country to do the same.

Bobby Kennedy is also determined to uncover the Time Traveler's identity in order to prevent him from eventually inventing time travel, but a pregnant Jackie exacts an iron promise from Bobby that the Time Traveler would never be harmed. As it turns out, the Time Traveler is Raymond Mead (Joseph Murphy) (who is, like his alternate self, obsessed with Jackie Kennedy). At sixteen he commits a burglary, is arrested and put on a prison bus; his fingerprinting enables President Bobby Kennedy to know the Time Traveler's name. President Bobby has the teenager pulled off the bus, he talks to the kid, and he gives Mead a full pardon.

Years later, when Mead has become an artist, an elderly Jackie buys many of his paintings. In 2001, after JFK dies of old age (and Jackie is already dead), youngest son James Robert Kennedy (Rick Gianasi) explains to Mead why the Kennedy family has been so generous to him.


Actor/Actress Character Name History Death
Victor Slezak John F. Kennedy The 35th President of the United States. Died in 2001
Caprice Benedetti Jacqueline Kennedy The wife of John F. Kennedy. Died in 1994
Vince Grant Robert F. Kennedy The Attorney General and 37th President of the United States. Still alive
Bruce Campbell William Roberts
Barry Corbin Lyndon Johnson The 35th Vice President.
Larry Drake J. Edgar Hoover The Director of the FBI.
Ralph Waite The Time Traveler Born November 22, 1963
Joseph Murphy Raymond Mead Born November 22, 1963; became the Time Traveler.
Rick Gianasi James Robert Kennedy Born August 22, 1964; fourth child of John and Jackie Kennedy.
David Haig Agent Clint Hill Secret Service agent that kills the would-be JFK assassins.
Debra Port Janice Kennedy Wife of James Robert Kennedy
Reuben Yabuku Martin Luther King, Jr. The 37th Vice President under President Robert Kennedy
Amanda Bernacchi Cheryl Stein
Dawn Lafferty Magic Bullit
Shelly Marks Norma Jeane Died in 1962
Richard Jewell Agent Richards
Jeffery Steiger Lee Harvey Oswald The would-be assassin of John F. Kennedy. Still alive
Marty Bufalini Walter Cronkite Died in 2009

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