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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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(novel) (as Anonymous), (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Governor Jack Stanton
... Susan Stanton
... Richard Jemmons
... Libby Holden
... Henry Burton
... Daisy Green
... Gov. Fred Picker
... Mamma Stanton
... Howard Ferguson
Rebecca Walker ... March
... Lucille Kaufman
Tommy Hollis ... William McCullison (Fat Willie)
... Izzy Rosenblatt
... Arlen Sporken
... Uncle Charlie
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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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What went down on the way to the top. 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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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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John Travolta gained 30 pounds to play Jack Stanton. See more »

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When Norman Asher suggests going on talk shows, his lips say, "Oprah," but the soundtrack says, "Montel." 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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Featured in Strictly Background (2007) 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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Insightful, entertaining political drama
7 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Now that the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton circus has played itself out, I finally saw Elaine May's excellent, under-appreciated rendering of the tale of a thinly disguised American politician and his campaign to become President of the United States. The performances in "Primary Colors" are remarkable. John Travolta does an astonishing impersonation of Clinton without being a Saturday Night Live caricature. Emma Thompson is perfect as his long-suffering wife, always waiting for the other shoe to drop revealing his indiscretions. Kathy Bates deserved her Academy Award nomination as his public relations trouble-shooter. Her not quite over-the-top performance is the heart of this opus. Last, but not least, Adrian Lester is the idealist young African American in charge of his campaign. This impassioned portrayal bodes well to a successful future in films. Mike Nichols has directed Miss May's script with intelligence and humor. See it now, after all the gossiping has died down, for an insightful, entertaining glimpse into the world of politics.


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