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Primary Colors (1998)

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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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$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 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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During the Mill speech you can see 2 TelePrompTers hidden in the crowd that John Travolta's character uses to give his dialog. In the reverse shot (back of his head) the TelePrompTers are removed from the shot. See more »

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[on the fealty of political bosses]
Richard Jemmons: That's what these guys do. They love you and then stop lovin' you.
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Primary Flaws: A Modern Tragedy
20 September 1998 | by (TN) – See all my reviews

As (I think it was) Yogi Berra said, "It's deja vu all over again!" On this, the weekend after the release of the Starr report, the movie rings so true. Travolta was great in por- traying the manic pathology of Stanton/Clinton.

And of course, Kathy Bates was superb as Libby, who in the end was unable to reconcile her loyalty to Stanton with her loyalty to the truth. If Stanton was flawed by his weakness of the flesh, Libby was flawed by her strength - by her inability to give up the best part of herself to the moral malaise that so pervaded the Stanton candidacy.

How ironic that the film ends with the inauguration ball, with Stanton and wife whirling in triumph across the ballroom floor, without a hint of what was to come... I have seen this film labeled a comedy. I cannot see it as anything other than a tragedy, in the Greek sense - a man who with the best of in- tentions, but whose flaws finally undo him.


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