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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

Credited cast:
Molly Ephraim ... Irene Kelly
Hugh Jackman ... Gary Hart
Vera Farmiga ... Lee Hart
Kaitlyn Dever ... Andrea Hart
Courtney Ford ... Lynn Armandt
J.K. Simmons ... Bill Dixon
Jenna Kanell ... Ginny Terzano
Sara Paxton ... Donna Rice
Ari Graynor ... Ann Devroy
Alfred Molina ... Ben Bradlee
Bill Burr ... Murphy
Chris Coy ... Kevin Sweeney
Kevin Pollak ... Bob Martindale
Toby Huss ... Billy Broadhurst
Mike Judge ... Jim Savage
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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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Gary Hart was going to be President. Instead he changed American Politics forever. See more »

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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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1.85 : 1
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The film premiered at TIFF (Toronto international Film Festival) in Canada in September 2018. See more »

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Unfortunately not a front runner
14 October 2018 | by KarenAMSee all my reviews

The movie tells a story of a disgraced presidential candidate Gary Hart, who was the front runner in 1988 but dropped out due to sexual misconduct. Sounds familiar? Yes. But let's move on. The main moral of the story is whether private aberration should effect political professionalism. Will one perform efficiently as a political figure if they misbehave in private life? Hugh Jackman as Gary Hart, is well enough, but didn't have much screen time for a main character to let us pick his head and get to know him as a politician, as a husband and father. Supporting cast, including astonishing Vera Farmiga and J.J. Simmons, did better work with equal screen time but less lines. The film never quite clarifies its own attitude toward Hart, as well as doesn't let us enough background to make solid conclusions ourselves. The Front Runner is definitely not a front runner this season


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