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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Mamma Stanton
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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  »

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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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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates; and four Oscar nominees: John Travolta, Diane Ladd, James Earl Jones and Rob Reiner. See more »

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On the morning after Henry's first trip to New Hampshire (which was made spontaneously, without any change of clothes or luggage), his shirt nonetheless changes repeatedly between shots. See more »

Quotes

Richard Jemmons: The media giveth, and go fuck yourself.
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Featured in The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) See more »

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HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN
Written by Milton Ager, Jack Yellen
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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.

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