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The Front Runner (2018)

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In 1987, U.S. Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.

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Jason Reitman
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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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Storyline

Gary Hart, a U.S. senator from Colorado, is the widely accepted front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. After losing the 1984 nomination to vice-president Walter Mondale, Hart decides to run for President of the United States. At one point during his campaign, against the will of his manager Bill Dixon, Hart challenges the press and public to "follow him around" while he's not campaigning on weekends. This proves to be a mistake when in 1987, photos of him and journalist Donna Rice are published by Miami Herald Reporters. In a desperate attempt to clear his name, Hart tries to fix his reputation at a news event concerning the affair but to no avail. Because of the consequences of his actions, Hart is disgraced, berated by Dixon, and forced to drop out of the campaign while his wife Oletha remains to be close with him. Donna also announces that she has personally denied sleeping with the now former senator..

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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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Trivia

Hugh Jackman was invited by the real Gary Hart to stay at his home while the two of them got acquainted. Since Hart's wife was recovering from hip surgery and the two of them were sleeping downstairs, Jackman was actually allowed to stay in the master bedroom and sleep in Hart's own bed. See more »

Goofs

The airplane landing at Washington National showed a United DC-10 which needs a longer runway to land than those available at National. The exterior shot of the taxi pickup area was not at National. 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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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the 1984 Columbia Pictures logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Front Runner: The Unmaking of a Candidate (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

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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faaar too noisy
18 February 2019 | by todoficinaSee all my reviews

I have no idea what the 'sound departments' of the film industry today think is more important..............the words that carry the film or the added sound track that conveys mood? in this movie the sounds drowned out the words.

i like Jackman and all other actors also gave a good performance. i like political intrigue but i nearly switched it off because a drumbeat drowned out everything for the FIRST 24 MINUTES!!

it is definitely overlong, nearly 2 hours, but honest in the way it portrayed the press........it is one of those films i will not watch again.


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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

Gross USA:

$2,000,105

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,242,235
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1.85 : 1
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