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Primary Colors (1998)

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

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Mamma Stanton
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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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How Much Spin Does It Take To Win? 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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$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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Final film of Tommy Hollis. See more »

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When watching the New Hampshire returns, one TV station says that Governor Stanton is still out campaigning on the street until the polls close while the other simultaneously says 15 percent of the vote has already been counted. Votes aren't counted until after the polls close. See more »

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Libby Holden: From now on you can call me the "Dust Buster." I'm stronger than dirt.
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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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