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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.


Rob Reiner


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


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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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A la sombra de Kennedy See more »


Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second time Jeffery Donovan played a Kennedy in a movie. The first time was in J. Edgar (2011), when he portrayed Robert F. Kennedy. He portrayed John F. Kennedy, Robert's older brother, in this movie. This also makes him the second actor to play both brothers. The first being Martin Sheen. See more »


Lady Bird Johnson is presented with a large bunch of yellow roses (the Texas state flower) on landing at Love Field. But as she is shaking hands with the crowd at the airport, the roses are dark red. Immediately after, when she and LBJ are seated in the car taking them away from the airfield, the roses are yellow again. See more »


John Connally: [about LBJ] He's afraid.
Walter Jenkins: Of what?
John Connally: Hell, every politician's afraid people won't vote for him.
Lady Bird Johnson: He's afraid people won't love him.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Tulip Fever (2017) See more »


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Written by John Knowles
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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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