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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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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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Rated R for strong language and sexual references | See all certifications »
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20 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£238,918 (UK) (30 October 1998)

Gross:

£497,545 (UK) (6 November 1998)
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In the book Primary Colors, Paul Newman is mentioned as speaking at one of the democratic rallies because Paul Newman was a democrat. However, Paul Newman does not appear anywhere in the movie. See more »

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When Libby and Henry are driving back from the Florida meeting, the reflections on their windows are in slow motion. See more »

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[Watching the final scene of "Shane" on television]
Henry Burton: Come back, Shane! Run for president!
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Great Movie
2 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

This was a truly great commentary on politics in the modern world. John Travolta pulls off one of the best Bill Clinton impressions I've been priveleged enough to witness. Emma Thompson is witty, and real, a true testament to her skill and brilliance in her craft. But my favorite performances were delivered by the supporting characters in the film. To begin, the oft ignored Maura Tierney. She's charming, versatile, talented, and downright adorable. Daisy is horribly underwritten for an actress of her talent, but nevertheless a great and appealing character. Billy Bob Thornton's Richard Jemmons is hilarious and brilliant. He represents the truest example of the hardened believer. Finally came the eloquent and insane Libby Holden given breath in this mortal coil by the infallible Kathy Bates. I couldn't even begin to describe the beauty of this character's idealism. I would love to see more of it in our government. Good movie. Lots of fun, and lots of heart.


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