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 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Hugh Jackman, J.K Simmons and Alfred Molina have been in movies based on Marvel comics. Jackman as Wolverine (X-Men...2001), Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson (Spider-Man...2002), Molina as Dr Octavius (Spider-Man 2...2004) 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

Georgetown Moderator: You and your younger democratic colleagues have been called the "Atari Democrats".
Gary Hart: I've heard. I didn't coin that.
Georgetown Moderator: Have you ever played Atari?
Gary Hart: Uh, yes, I've tried Asteroids a few times with my son. Uhhh, I mostly drifted around getting pelted with rocks.
[laughs with audience]
Gary Hart: Felt like my first term in the Senate.
[laughs more with audience]
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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

Foreplay/Long Time
Written by Tom Scholz (as Tim Scholz)
Performed by Boston
Published by Pure Songs
Administered by Next Decade Entertainment, Inc.
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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An underwhelming convoluted unsatisfying dragged out film
1 February 2019 | by Top_Dawg_CriticSee all my reviews

Good performances from the leads, but the screenplay was an underwhelming convoluted mess of many quick irrelevant scenes that dragged on into pointless plot issues. Although paced quite well, at the end of the 113 min length, I found myself asking "why" and saying "so what" and "who cares". I was left unsatisfied with this film. It's a 6/10 from me, and I'd recommend a 'pass' on watching this, unless you really need to know about Senator Gary Hart's 1988 presidential run - of which you can simply Google and read up on.


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Country:

Canada | 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

Gross USA:

$2,000,105

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,242,235
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1.85 : 1
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