In Bobby: Making an American Epic, writer / director Emilio Estevez discusses the problems he had developed in his script. Suffering from writer’s block, he checked into a motel on Pismo Beach, where he hoped, without interruption, could move on with his writing. Speaking to the woman working at the front desk, she discovered that she was at the Ambassador hotel during the night that Kennedy was shot and then married two young men to help them avoid the tie. Estevez used his experience to shape Diana’s character, and the rest of the story came into play.
The only other character based on a real person is the man from the Jose case, representing Juan Romero, the young man who was photographed with the Kennedy body shelter immediately after shooting. The character Joseph notes up to the Dodgers game in which Don Drysdale must record six consecutive goals, but he has to do a double turn, forcing him to miss the game. Drysdale has actually reached his sixth blanchette June 4, 1968 and was received by Kennedy during the victory speech he delivered just before being shot.
The film’s score was composed by Mark Isham, with “Never Gonna Break My Faith,” written by Bryan Adams and played by Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and the Harlem Children’s Choir, played during closing credits. In addition, a newly recorded version of “Louie Louie” was interpreted by Demi Moore character for the film.
The songs heard throughout the film are made up of a 1960s musical compilation, including Smokey Robinson’s “The Tracks of My Tears”, “Made Me Love Her” by Stevie Wonder, “Not That Peculiar” Marvin Gaye, a “Anji” covered by Jason Huxley, “Come and see me” by the Supremes, “There is a kind of silence” by Herman’s hermits, “Black is Black” The Braves “In Witch Time” and “Hurdy Gurdy Man” Donovan, “Wives and Lovers” Jack Jones “Magic Moments” by Perry Como, “Pata Pata” by Miriam Makeba and “Initials” Hair Music.
The soundtrack features Bobby The Supremes, Shorty Long, Hugh Masekela, The Moody Blues and The Braves.