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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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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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Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£497,545 (UK) (6 November 1998)
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The lead was originally offered to Tom Hanks, who turned it down because of his friendship with then-President 'Bill Clinton'. See more »

Goofs

When Susan tells Henry "none of us have run a presidential campaign before" she puts her left hand on his shoulder; in the next shot it's on his upper arm instead. (The discontinuity is interesting in light of the first lines of the film, which discuss the significance of where exactly Jack Stanton would place his hand on the arm of a person he was greeting.) See more »

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Jack Stanton: We can do incredible things. We can change this country. I'm gonna win this thing. Look me in the eye, Henry, and tell me that you don't want to be a part of it.
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Battle Hymn of The Republic
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
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by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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Much better than I was expecting

I thought "Primary Colors" (1998:***) was pretty good. It appears to be a lot easier on "Jack Stanton," the Clinton surrogate played by John Travolta, than the book reportedly was. The movie presents "Stanton" as flawed but essentially decent (at least as decent as any politician running for high office can be). Travolta's imitation of Clinton is OK for a "Saturday Night Live" sketch, but it sometimes gets in the way of his performance over the 2-1/2 hour length of the film. However, he's often effective, and Emma Thompson is first-rate as "Susan Stanton", by turns pragmatically worldly-wise and fiercely supportive. Actually, the focal point of the film is not that of the Stantons but the young, black grandson of a highly regarded civil rights leader, who gets sucked into Stanton's roller-coaster campaign and has his idealism sorely tested. He's well-played by an actor named Adrian Lester. There are also great turns by Kathy Bates, Larry Hagman and Billy Bob Thornton, among many others.

For me, the only big drawback of the picture was the melodramatic suicide of a key player in the drama (I won't say who). I thought it was something this particular character would never do. Otherwise, "Colors" is absorbing and funny and moving nearly all the way. Good moment: The Stantons do a "60 Minutes"-like reaffirmation of their marriage, but as soon as the cameras are turned off, she yanks her hand out of his in a flash.


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