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The Front Runner (2018)

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American Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Jackman ... Gary Hart
Vera Farmiga ... Lee Hart
J.K. Simmons ... Bill Dixon
Mark O'Brien ... Billy Shore
Molly Ephraim ... Irene Kelly
Chris Coy ... Kevin Sweeney
Alex Karpovsky ... Mike Stratton
Josh Brener ... Doug Wilson
Tommy Dewey ... John Emerson
Kaitlyn Dever ... Andrea Hart
Oliver Cooper ... Joe Trippi
Jenna Kanell ... Ginny Terzano
RJ Brown ... Bill Martin
Alfred Molina ... Ben Bradlee
Mamoudou Athie ... AJ Parker
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American Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Front Runner See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,543, 11 November 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,804,427, 6 December 2018
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sarah Paxton who plays Donna Rice was born in 1988, the year the events depicted occurred. See more »

Goofs

The film begins in 1984 then the screen displays "4 years later" but it actually picks up in early 1987. See more »

Quotes

Lee Hart: [on the phone] Go on, Gary, say it.
Gary Hart: There's going to be a story tomorrow about me.
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Head Over Heels
Written by Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith
Performed by Tears for Fears
Published by BMG Platinum Songs obo BMG VM Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The rise and fall of a powerful man, blended with politics and media.
22 November 2018 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

Remember growing up the scandal of one U.S. Senator Gary Hart and how his affair and love making drama with a hot and sexy Donna Rice would ruin and end his presidential ambitions. As for the late 1980's this kind of stuff was major news in the media and political world as then the society was just starting to carve up tabloid like gossip. And with this work called "The Front Runner'" it's a showcase of how scandal and media would destroy a man's political life. The film blends well with how media and politics rub with one another as it's front page sensation. Also the movie is well supported with themes of trust, ethics, accountability, guilt, and morality.

After 1984 when U.S. senator Gary Hart(Hugh Jackman) had a second place finish in the democratic primary he returns four years later for the 1988 run as the top favored donkey to win the nomination. As he's a different kind a Colorado western guy who talks technology, jobs, and peace all while appealing to the youth vote. At the time Hart feels comfortable with the press, though soon he sees just what a media sideshow it has become as questions and past statements are personal and revealing.

When the press and media does detective like spy work on Hart from airports to townhouses and campaign stops it's clear that life and privacy is a no win for Gary. Overall very very good film that takes you back to the times of the late 80's just to see how powerful that the press and media can be when it reveals secrets of moral and ethic choices as it's clear it changes the game for the powerful as Gary Hart would discover and the nation would see privacy and actions are no longer a private right and when revealed moral and emotional guilt changes things forever as in 1988 this scandal was just the start for a scandal hungry media to play wolf on politics, and powerful candidates who wanted more.


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