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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 & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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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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He was born to run. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Mit aller Macht  »

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Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,045,395, 22 March 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,966,057, 21 June 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,055,057
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Larry Hagman's appearance at the political rally was kept a secret from the extras in the crowd. The reaction when he walks on stage is genuine. However, Hagman was recovering from a broken rib at the time and was in great discomfort so was unable to really enjoy the moment. See more »

Goofs

When Gov. Stanton is on "Geraldo" Richard Jemmons compares Henry to Libby "who actually goes crazy when her candidate turns out not to be the rock her church was built on", but his mouth does not sync with "the rock". See more »

Quotes

Richard Jemmons: I'm blacker than you are. I got some slave in me, I can feel it.
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Referenced in The Contender: The Making of a Political Thriller (2001) See more »

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WIDE SKY
Written by Ry Cooder, Jon Hassell, Ronu Majumdar
Performed by Jon Hassell
Courtesy of Water Lily Accoustics, Inc.
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A political movie for people who don't like political movies
15 July 2003 | by 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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