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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.
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Cast

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Governor Jack Stanton
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Susan Stanton
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Richard Jemmons
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Libby Holden
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Henry Burton
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Daisy Green
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Gov. Fred Picker
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Mamma Stanton
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Howard Ferguson
Rebecca Walker ...
March
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Lucille Kaufman
Tommy Hollis ...
William McCullison (Fat Willie)
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Izzy Rosenblatt
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Arlen Sporken
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Uncle Charlie
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Miss Walsh
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Norman Asher
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Dewayne Smith
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Mitch (as Jamie Denton)
Leontine Guilliard ...
Ruby
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Tawana Carter (as Monique L. Ridge)
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Brad Lieberman
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Randy Culligan
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Geraldo Rivera
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Charlie Rose
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Larry King
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Sailorman Shoreson
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Lawrence Harris
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Martha Harris
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Elegant Woman
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Charlie Martin
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Lorenzo Delgado
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Eddie Reyes
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Loretta
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Jimmy Ozio
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Jack Mandela Washington (as Stan Davis)
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Sam
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Anthony Ramirez
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Peter Goldsmith
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Jennifer Rogers
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Terry Hicks
Susan Kussman ...
Ella Louise
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Amalee
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Bart Nilson
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Cashmere McLeod
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Dr. Beauregard
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Danny Scanlon
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Bill Maher
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Chubby Woman
Michael Haley ...
Shipyard Announcer (as R.M. Haley)
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Pundit
Daryce Richman ...
Linda Feldstein (as Darice Richman)
Rosalie Peck ...
Retiree
Susan Forristal ...
Bugger Bugger Woman
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CNN Voiceover (voice)
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Bagpiper
Clark Heathcliff Brolly ...
Pundit no.1 (voice) (as Clark Heathcliffe Brolly)
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Man #1 in Airport Bar
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Emily Lopez
Tom Griffith ...
News Anchor (as Tom Griffin)
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Airport Traveler
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Richard Livingston
Carlos A. Montes ...
Policeman
Dorie Neal ...
Muffin / Campaign (voice)
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Protester
Pete Tittl ...
Funeral mourner
Lesa Whittington ...
News Anchor (scenesDeleted)
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Pundit #3 (as Anthony Winters)
Jordan Ancel ...
Muffin (uncredited)
Dara J. Bragg ...
Crowd member (uncredited)
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Campaign Staff (uncredited)
Marian Caparrós ...
News Anchor (uncredited)
Sophia Choi ...
News Anchor (uncredited)
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Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Barbara Conway ...
Campaign Staff (uncredited)
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Voter (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
Phil Faroudja ...
Background Extra (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
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Featured (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
Polli Magaro ...
Woman in Street (uncredited)
Jean Martirez ...
News Anchor (uncredited)
Paul McMichael ...
Audience Member (uncredited)
Greg McWhorter ...
Street Person (uncredited)
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News Anchor (uncredited)
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Christopher C. Murphy ...
Newsroom Crew (uncredited)
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Union Manager (uncredited)
Msaada Nia ...
Governor Picker Supporter (uncredited)
Gary Pike ...
Partygoer (uncredited)
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Editor (uncredited)
Rocco ...
Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
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News Videographer (uncredited)
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Union Official (uncredited)
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Woman in Airport Bar (uncredited)
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INAUGURAL BALL GUEST (uncredited)
Steve Teamkin ...
Blue Hard Hat (uncredited)
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Woman in Red (uncredited)
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Muffin (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mike Nichols

Written by

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Joe Klein ... (novel) (as Anonymous)
 
Elaine May ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Michael Haley ... associate producer
Michele Imperato ... co-producer
Jonathan D. Krane ... executive producer
Neil A. Machlis ... executive producer (as Neil Machlis)
Mike Nichols ... producer

Music by

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Ry Cooder

Cinematography by

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Michael Ballhaus ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Arthur Schmidt

Editorial Department

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Gary Burritt ... negative cutter: Kona Cutting
Kris Cole ... associate editor
Angelo Corrao ... additional editor
Amnon David ... editor: avid
Mo Henry ... negative cutter
Dennis McNeill ... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Jeremiah O'Driscoll ... first assistant editor
Warren Paeff ... apprentice editor
Stephen M. Rickert Jr. ... assistant editor
Jeffrey M. Rose ... post-production coordinator
Richard J. Rossi ... assistant editor (as Richard Rossi)
Jim Sevin ... editor: video
Herbert Dwight Raymond IV ... assistant editor: re-shoot (uncredited)

Casting By

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Juel Bestrop
Ellen Lewis
Greg McKay
Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

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Bo Welch

Art Direction by

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Tom Duffield

Set Decoration by

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Cheryl Carasik

Costume Design by

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Gary Jones ... co-costume designer
Ann Roth

Makeup Department

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Rose Procopio Barondess ... makeup artist
Michelle Bühler ... makeup artist: Mr. Travolta (as Michelle Buhler)
Lynne K. Eagan ... key makeup artist (as Lynne Eagan)
Mindy Hall ... makeup artist
J. Roy Helland ... hair designer / makeup designer
Susan V. Kalinowski ... hair stylist: Mr. Travolta (as Sue Kalinowski)
Jasen Joseph Sica ... key hair stylist (as Jasen Sica)
Anthony Wilson ... hair stylist
Vera Yurtchuk ... makeup department head
Teresa M. Austin ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Stacy Kelly ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Shaun Smith ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Michele Imperato ... unit production manager
Paul A. Levin ... post-production supervisor
Denise Pinckley ... second unit manager: New York (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jan Sebastian Ballhaus ... first assistant director: second unit
Hilbert Hakim ... second assistant director: reshoots
Michael Haley ... first assistant director
Liz Radley ... second unit director
Brent Stanton ... dga trainee
Daniel M. Stillman ... second assistant director (as Dan Stillman)
Mark Tobey ... second assistant director
Roger M. Bobb ... dga trainee (uncredited)
Ann C. Salzer ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Tim Ackers ... stand-by painter
Steven Lee Baer ... drapery foreman (as Steven Baer)
Carlo Basail ... greensman
Jack Blanchard ... set dresser
Christopher Casey ... set dresser
Tony Chavez ... propmaker
Michael Diersing ... construction coordinator
Bryan Duff ... props
Chris Fix ... propmaker gangboss
Beauchamp Fontaine ... buyer (as Fontaine Beauchamp Hebb)
Randy Gunter ... assistant property master
Sean Haworth ... set designer
Michael Hendrick ... laborer
Tegan Jones ... art department coordinator
John Kelso ... metal foreman
David Manhan ... lead man
Dave Margolin ... painter
Brent Regan ... construction foreman
Bruce Richter ... carpenter
Bob Skemp ... greensman
Michael Thurman ... set dresser
Mark Wade ... property master
Hap Weaver ... stand-by greensman
Clyde Zimmerman ... paint supervisor
Craig Zimmerman ... set dresser
François Audouy ... illustrator (uncredited)
Randall S. Coe ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Ryan Handt ... construction propmaker (uncredited)
Scott E. Handt ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Michael A. Johnson ... leadman: New Orleans (uncredited)
Frank McEldowney ... greensperson (uncredited)
Roxanne Reaver ... construction accountant (uncredited)
Mark D. Rodriguez ... staging supervisor (uncredited)
Patrick M. Sullivan Jr. ... set designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Michael Barry ... re-recording mixer
Ron Bochar ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
David Boulton ... adr recordist
Kam Chan ... foley editor
Benjamin Cheah ... foley editor (as Ben Cheah)
Ted Clark ... sound re-recordist
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist (as Marko Costanza)
Kay Denmark ... adr boom operator
Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer
Kenna Doeringer ... assistant adr editor
Chris Fielder ... assistant sound editor
Lewis Goldstein ... sound effects editor
Gregg Harris ... boom operator
Harry Higgins ... sound re-recordist
Frank Kern ... foley editor
Todd Milner ... assistant sound editor
Christopher Newman ... production sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Mike Poppleton ... apprentice sound editor (as Michael Poppleton)
Bruce Pross ... foley supervisor
Will Ralston ... foley editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Nicholas Renbeck ... dialogue editor (as Nicholas Rebeck)
Wyatt Sprague ... assistant sound editor
Marc-Jon Sullivan ... boom operator
Magdaline Volaitis ... dialogue editor
Deborah Wallach ... adr editor
Bob Bass ... adr mixer: Florida (uncredited)
Tim J. Carroll ... consultant: Dolby Digital (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Alan E. Lorimer ... special effects coordinator (as Alan Lorimer)
James Lorimer ... special effects
Byron K. Lovelace ... special effects crew (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Ivy Agregan ... digital effects coordinator
Carol Ashley ... composite supervisor
Randall Bahnsen ... data technician
James Blevins ... data operations manager
Kristen D. Chidel ... visual effects production manager (as Kristen Niederholzer)
Kevin Clark ... visual effects editor (as Kevin C. Clark)
Carole Cowley ... visual effects associate producer
Erin M. Cullen ... roto artist
Joe Dubs ... digital paint supervisor
Bob Fernley ... digital scanning supervisor / split recording supervisor
Mike Frevert ... digital artist
Gil Gagnon ... executive producer: Cinesite
Tim Gibbons ... digital artist
Mark Girard ... engineering manager (as Mark A. Girard)
Karen Klein ... rotoscope supervisor (as Karen D. Klein)
Brad Kuehn ... visual effects supervisor
Anthony Lanni ... digital artist
Vincent Lavares ... tape operator: Cinesite Hollywood
Dan Levitan ... digital artist
Mark Tait Lewis ... digital artist (as Mark Lewis)
Bob Lyss ... lead compositor
Anthony Mabin ... lead compositor
Tom May ... visual effects production assistant
Valerie McMahon ... compositor (as Valerie V. McMahon)
George Oliver ... digital artist (as George Edwin Oliver Jr.)
Lisa L. Pollaro ... compositor
Liz Radley ... video & computer graphics supervisor
Tony Sgueglia ... data operations supervisor
Ruth Vasquez ... data technician
Chris Wood ... digital artist
Ken Dackermann ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Charles Darby ... digital matte supervisor (uncredited)
Cristin Pescosolido ... match move supervisor (uncredited)
Jay Riddle ... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Keifus Mathews ... stunt double
Mark Riccardi ... stunt coordinator
Chad Rose ... precision driver
Kenny Searle ... utility stunts
Victoria Vanderkloot ... stunt double
Tom Bahr ... utility stunts (uncredited)
Austin B. Church ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Antar Abderrahman Jr. ... lighting technician
Amy H. Abrams ... key film loader
Jason Adams ... digital imaging technician
Alfred Ainsworth ... video playback operator (as Alfie Ainsworth)
Ismael Araujo Jr. ... grip
Craig Asato ... first assistant camera
Floyd Burks ... digital imaging technician (as Floyd A. Burks)
Larry Cottrill ... electrician
J. Patrick Daily ... key grip (as Patrick Daily)
François Duhamel ... still photographer (as Francois Duhamel)
Matt Floyd ... rigging grip
Anthony Gaudioz ... camera operator: "b" camera (as Tony Gaudioz)
Daniel C. Gold ... camera operator: "a" camera (as Dan Gold)
Peter Hutchison ... camera operator
Steve Irwin ... computer/video engineer
Scott Johnson ... camera technician: Wescam camera
Craig Kohlhoff ... second assistant camera (as Craig Kolhoff)
Dwight Joseph Lavers ... dolly grip (as Dwight Lavers)
Michael McGuire ... rigging grip
Charlie McIntyre ... rigging gaffer (as Charles H. McIntyre III)
Mark Emery Moore ... steadicam operator (as Mark E. Moore)
Matthew Nelson ... second assistant camera
David Norris ... camera operator: Wescam camera
Ben Pekkanen ... grip (as John B. Pekkanen)
Ronald J. Pure Jr. ... electrician
Bradford Ralston ... video assist operator (as Brad Ralston)
Eric L. Roberts ... video playback operator (as Eric Roberts)
Eric Sagot ... rigging electrician
John 'Fest' Sandau ... assistant chief lighting technician (as John Fester Sandau)
Todd Schlopy ... first assistant camera: steadicam
Randy Shanofsky ... first assistant camera "c" camera
Cricket Sloat ... dimmer board operator
Monte Swann ... video engineer
James R. Tynes ... chief lighting technician (as Jim Tynes)
Johnny Walker ... first assistant camera
Tom West ... second company grip
Eric Whitehead ... grip
Phil Abraham ... camera operator: "b" camera, New York (uncredited)
George M. Chappell ... rigging foreman (uncredited)
Jenifer Galvez ... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Lamarr Gray ... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Kelem ... aerial camera operator (uncredited)
Gregory Lundsgaard ... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Colin Mayo ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Kevin McNeil ... grip (uncredited)
Charles 'Chaz' Norcross ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Michele Bancroft ... extras casting associate
Amy Jo Berman ... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Patricia DiCerto ... casting associate: New York (as Patricia Kerrigan)
Vivian Hasbrouk ... casting associate: New York (as Vivian Lynn Hasbrouk)
Sondra James ... adr casting / voice casting
Barbara Klein ... additional extras casting
John Laccetti ... additional extras casting
Jennifer Madeloff ... extras casting associate
Marshall Peck ... extras casting
José María Álvarez ... extras casting assistant (as Jose-Maria Alvarez)
Joe Grisaffi ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Rocco Salata ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Cheryl Beasley Blackwell ... costume supervisor
Sabrina Calley ... wardrobe
James P. Cullen ... costumer: Mr. Travolta (as Jim Cullen)
Bruce Ericksen ... costume supervisor
Steffani Lincecum ... costume cutter and fitter
Michelle Matland ... assistant costume designer
Tim Wegman ... set costumer
Donna Chance ... costumer (uncredited)
Tim Wilson ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Becky Brake ... assistant location manager
Robbie Goldstein ... location manager
David E. Kaufman ... assistant location manager (as David Kaufman)
Christopher Lee ... assistant location manager
David Ross McCarty ... assistant location manager (as David McCarty)
Carlos Moore ... location manager
Stephen Price ... assistant location manager
Sam Tedesco ... location manager
Daniel Vellucci ... airport location manager
Douglas Dresser ... assistant location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Nancy Allen ... assistant music editor
Bunny Andrews ... music editor
Julian Bratolyubov ... music preparation (as Julian Bratolubov)
Joachim Cooder ... composer: additional music
Steve Goldstein ... music coordinator (as Steven Goldstein)
Christopher Guardino ... arranger: marching band
Sean M. Hickey ... music preparation
Norman Ludwin ... musician (bass)
Leslie Morris ... music contractor
John Moses ... musician
Thomas Pasatieri ... conductor (as Tom Pasatieri) / orchestrator (as Tom Pasatieri)
Suzana Peric ... music editor
Nic Ratner ... music editor
Allen Sides ... scoring mixer
Larry Campbell ... musician (uncredited)
Rick Fleishman ... music coordinator (uncredited)
Christopher Guardino ... additional music arranger (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Michael W. Broomer ... driver
Robert aaron Brown ... driver: insert car
Mitch Friedman ... driver
Robert K. Johnson ... transportation captain (as Robert Johnson)
Payton J. Kirkpatrick ... driver: Mr. Nichols (as Peyton Kirkpatrick)
Kenny Searle ... transportation coordinator
William Hogue ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Diana Aldrich ... political consultant
John Alfred ... assistant accountant
Mary Bailey ... script supervisor
Craig Bankey ... unit publicist
Richard Bellos ... stand-in (as Richard Bellows)
Lori Berhon ... adr loop group / miscellaneous crew: adr voices
Lars Bjornlund ... executive assistant: Mr. Nichols
Tony Brazas ... assistant: Mr. Travolta
Marla Brodsky ... assistant: Mr. Machlis
Angie Cervantes ... production assistant
Lyn Clinton ... production assistant
Lisa Cofini ... post-production accountant
Jacqueline Cohen ... subtitles: French dubbed version
Michael Connor ... assistant: Ms. Thompson
Joe Dalu ... security: Mr. Travolta
George Davis ... production secretary: pre-production
Eddie De Verna ... stand-in (as Eddie Deverna)
Joyce Deep ... political consultant
Nancy Eddo ... computer consultant
Mary Frances Eglin ... production assistant
Georgia Evangelatos ... craft service
Peter Evangelatos ... craft service
Mary Claude Foster ... news consultant
Kelvin Garvanne ... stand-in: Mr. Lester
Hannah Green ... production assistant
Jeffrey Greenhut ... production assistant
Kurt Greufe ... assistant accountant
Barbara Gutman ... production accountant
Lisa Haley ... production assistant
Michael Hamilton ... security: Mr. Travolta
Andrea Hand ... stand-in
Cindy Hochman ... production coordinator (as Cindy Price)
Teresa Jaime Drapkin ... payroll clerk (as Teresa Jaime)
Mara Kerum ... caterer
Tony Kerum ... caterer
Meti Kusari ... craft service
Brandon Lambdin ... production assistant
Linda Larmon ... first aid
Jane Levy ... assistant: Mr. Nichols
Mark R. Lindsay ... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Cricky Long ... assistant: Mr. Nichols
James P. Lucero Jr. ... assistant: Mr. Williamson (as James Lucero)
Kelly Malone ... stand-in: Ms. Thompson
Bertram McCann ... marine coordinator
Joe McCrackin ... assistant: Mr. Thornton (as Joe McCracken)
Robert J. Morton ... assistant: Mr. Travolta (as Rob Morton)
Ruth Mussy ... stand-in
Chris Palzis ... production assistant
Catherine Pittman ... animal coordinator
John Pontrelli ... production assistant
Fletcher Farrow Previn ... production assistant (as Fletcher Previn)
Matt Ramundo ... production assistant
Brian Relyea ... production assistant
Mark Riccardi ... stand-in: Mr. Travolta
Deborah Ricketts ... video clips researcher
Diana Roesch ... assistant: Ms. May
Kenneth Roth ... key production assistant (as Ken Roth)
Patrick Ryco ... assistant: Mr. Travolta
Dave Schneider ... production assistant
Steve Aaron Schultz ... production secretary (as Steve Schultz)
Brian Shows ... technical director
Betsy Sokolow ... unit publicist
Susan Such ... executive assistant: Mr. Travolta
Jean-Pierre Vincent ... press attache: France
David Watkinson ... video computer graphics
Linda L. Wehbi ... assistant: Ms. Bates (as Linda Wehbi)
Harry Winters ... assistant production coordinator (as Harry Winters III)
Michael DeSantis ... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Charlie French ... set medic: New Orleans (uncredited)
Destri Martino ... production assistant: re-shoots (uncredited)
José Muñoz ... production assistant (uncredited)
Judd Nissen ... assistant production coordinator: re-shoots (uncredited)
Amanda Roberts ... production assistant (uncredited)
Nina Saxon ... title designer (uncredited)
Bill Timoney ... adr voice group (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines They're Not Exactly A Well Organized Well Oliled Machine But That's Their Secret See more »
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Also Known As
  • Mit aller Macht (Germany)
  • Perfect Couple (Japan, English title)
  • Segredos do Poder (Brazil)
  • Първични цветове (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Couleurs primaires (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 143 min
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Box Office

Budget $65,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP238,918, 01 Nov 1998
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $52,055,057

Did You Know?

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Trivia Then-President Bill Clinton enjoyed the film so much that he even invited John Travolta to a party, on one condition, he must come as Governor Jack Stanton. Travolta declined. See more »
Goofs On the morning after Henry's first trip to New Hampshire (which was made spontaneously, without any change of clothes or luggage), his shirt nonetheless changes repeatedly between shots. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Blues Brothers 2000/Illtown/The Replacement Killers (1998). See more »
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Quotes Gov. Jack Stanton: [handing Picker the scandalous information concerning his dealings with Reyes] This is the only copy left. I want you to have it because it might help you to know what someone else may find. I shouldn't have looked for it. I'm really sorry.
Gov. Fred Picker: Fuckin' cocaine. You know, I was really so successful at everything I did. Business, politics, hell, I could handle anything... except cocaine. Only I didn't know that because of cocaine. That's what really fucked up my marriage. It wasn't anything else. And...
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Gov. Fred Picker: I did go to bed with 'Renzo once or twice. Hell, it was just a coke thing. I could do anything, so I did that too.
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Gov. Fred Picker: I'm seeing a really nice woman now... I suppose I have to tell her.
[voice breaking]
Gov. Fred Picker: Hell of a price to pay, isn't it?
Gov. Jack Stanton: Well, maybe no one will find out.
Gov. Fred Picker: Well, you did... in a day. I should never have said yes to Mrs. Harris. But I liked what Harris was doing, and I thought I'd give it a week, and it just took off. Once I did that blood thing, God...
Gov. Jack Stanton: [interrupting] ... but that was great politics.
Gov. Fred Picker: Yeah... amazing, wasn't it? Jack, I'd like to thank you for coming here, the honorable way you have. I was wrong to stay in. I just hope that maybe when I quit, they won't hit it as hard. And my boys, I really don't want them to know about 'Renzo. The problem is, the bottom line is, I'm going to be a national joke... and I'm going to have to explain it all to my boys... either way. Because no matter what I do, the press is still going to find out the rest of it, aren't they?
Gov. Jack Stanton: If they think it will sell one newspaper, yes.
Gov. Fred Picker: [breaking down] Oh, my God.
Gov. Jack Stanton: [putting his hand on Picker's shoulder] If there's anything I can do... anything... that can make it a little better...
[stands and leaves as Picker weeps]
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