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Lyndon B. Johnson aligns himself with John F. Kennedy, rises to the Presidency, and deals with the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.

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Rob Reiner

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Joey Hartstone (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Lyndon B. Johnson
Michael Stahl-David ... Bobby Kennedy
Richard Jenkins ... Senator Richard Russell
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Lady Bird Johnson
Jeffrey Donovan ... John F. Kennedy
Bill Pullman ... Senator Ralph Yarborough
John Burke ... John Connally
C. Thomas Howell ... Walter Jenkins
John Ellison Conlee ... George Reedy
Michael Mosley ... Kenny O'Donnell
Tim Ransom ... Larry O'Brien
Brent Bailey ... Ted Sorensen
Brian Stepanek ... Agent Rufus Youngblood
Darrel Guilbeau ... Jack Valenti
Oliver Edwin ... Bill Moyers
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LBJ centers on the political upheaval that Vice President Johnson faced when he was thrust into the presidency at the hands of an assassin's bullet in November 1963. With political battles on both sides of the aisle, Johnson struggles to heal a nation and secure his presidency by passing Kennedy's historic Civil Rights Act.

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Trivia

Screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 8-18, 2016. See more »

Goofs

Historical quotes throughout the movie are edited to be more sensitive than the actual quotes were. See more »

Quotes

John F. Kennedy: I'm perfectly fine.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Guessing you Kennedys don't do a lot of deer hunting.
John F. Kennedy: Well, when Kennedys fire weapons, it's usually at Nazis.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Lot of Nazis in Hyannis Port?
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Tulip Fever (2017) See more »

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Sons of Thane
Written by John Knowles
Courtesy of APM Music
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Half a story
3 November 2017 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

A film like this is viewed through the lense of our experience. In the 60s I was politically active, adored Bobby Kennedy and despised LBJ. So naturally I think the film was too kind to LBJ and too unkind to Bobby. But let's put that aside and look at the film itself.

The acting by Woody Harrelson and Jennifer Jason Leigh is excellent. You think you're watching the real thing. They are the only two actors who do such great job, and the others do OK.

There is a real sense that this is a docudrama rather than a film.

My main criticism is that the film makers stopped in mid film. The story of LBJ didn't end with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It continued through the devastation of the Vietnam War. The true story is how Johnson squandered the legacy of JFK with his foreign policy, and all that is left out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,110,565, 5 November 2017

Gross USA:

$2,470,979

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,510,151
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1.85 : 1
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