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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The President: Lyndon B. Johnson See more »


Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Former President Lyndon B. Johnson is one of four people who have served as President and Vice President, as well as in both houses of Congress. See more »


During the Los Angeles Democratic Convention the slogan 'All the way with LBJ' is displayed. This slogan was used first in the 1964 campaign. See more »


Lyndon B. Johnson: [to Connally and Jenkins] If either of you get a better job offer, I suggest you take it. My future is behind me.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Tulip Fever (2017) See more »


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It's All In the Ears
9 November 2017 | by fletcherc21See all my reviews

The first thing you will notice about Woody Harrelson's portrayal of the 36th president are his comically large ears. While President Johnson did have large ears, they were not the distracting dumbo- esque prosthetics shown in the film. This perfectly encapsulates LBJ as a film, focusing on a few surface features and events without ever diving into who Lyndon Baines Johnson really was.

It is certainly odd for a biopic of a president to end a few weeks into his presidency and leaving his greatest accomplishments to be told on the ending title cards. The focus instead was on his vice presidency under Kennedy where he actively undermined the Civil Rights Act that would later be the crowning accomplishment of his presidency.

It is clear that its release was pushed back to distance itself from "All the Way" the other LBJ biopic made by HBO last year. While Woody Harrelson gives a good performance through his prosthetics, it lacks the depth of Bryan Cranston's performance, though the fault is mostly on the script for failing to give him the opportunity. Jennifer Jason Leigh is solid as Lady Bird and Richard Jenkins is good as Senator Dick Russell of Georgia. However Michael Stahl-David was underwhelming as Bobby Kennedy, making him a petty and spiteful character.

All in all, LBJ is an acceptable biopic that doesn't try to do too much, but would be much better if it was farther removed from the superior "All the Way."

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