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Primary Colors (1998)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 20 March 1998 (USA)
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A man joins the political campaign of a smooth-operator candidate for president of the USA.

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(novel) (as Anonymous), (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Mamma Stanton
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Rebecca Walker ...
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Lucille Kaufman
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William McCullison (Fat Willie)
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Izzy Rosenblatt
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Arlen Sporken
J.C. Quinn ...
Uncle Charlie
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Jack Stanton is running for president. The election is seen through the eyes of young Henry Burton. Along the way Stanton must deal with a sex scandal. Written by Anonymous

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What went down on the way to the top. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong language and sexual references | See all certifications »

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20 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Mit aller Macht  »

Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,045,395 (USA) (20 March 1998)

Gross:

$38,966,057 (USA) (19 June 1998)
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Trivia

Then-President Bill Clinton enjoyed the film so much that he even invited John Travolta to a party, on one condition, he must come as Governor Jack Stanton. Travolta declined. See more »

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During Thanksgiving at Jack's home, his mother asks everyone to sing "You Are My Sunshine" "in honor of all the southern governors" but her mouth says something completely different. See more »

Quotes

Gov. Jack Stanton: [handing Picker the scandalous information concerning his dealings with Reyes] This is the only copy left. I want you to have it because it might help you to know what someone else may find. I shouldn't have looked for it. I'm really sorry.
Gov. Fred Picker: Fuckin' cocaine. You know, I was really so successful at everything I did. Business, politics, hell, I could handle anything... except cocaine. Only I didn't know that because of cocaine. That's what really fucked up my marriage. It wasn't anything else. And....
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Features Larry King Live (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of The Republic
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Arranged by Eric Rogers
Performed by The Band of the Grenadier Guards (as Band Of The Grenadier Guards)
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Limited/London Records
by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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A political movie for people who don't like political movies
15 July 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie and the book upon which it was based caused a major stir when first released because President Bill Clinton felt the movie was based too much on his own life, even though the author denied that Clinton served as the model for the book's lead character.

It's kind of hard to believe the author, since John Travolta's character has a haircut and a Southern accent identical to Clinton's. Also, the scandals Travolta suffers in the film, such as adulterous affairs and having children out of wedlock, also plagued Clinton during his presidency.

Whoever you believe, Primary Colors is a very enjoyable film, even if you don't like political movies. The entire cast is great, especially Larry Hagman as an aging Florida senator who fills in for one of Travolta's opponents after he has a heart attack. It's a good step away from his J.R. Ewing character, even if his accent sounds the same.

Primary Colors is rated R for profanity and sexual references, but I think a PG-13 would have been more appropriate.

Krispy Kreme dougnuts, anyone?


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