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..
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 »
The film begins in 1984 then the screen displays "4 years later" but it actually picks up in early 1987. See more »
You and your younger democratic colleagues have been called the "Atari Democrats".
I've heard. I didn't coin that.
Have you ever played Atari?
Uh, yes, I've tried Asteroids a few times with my son. Uhhh, I mostly drifted around getting pelted with rocks.
[laughs with audience]
Felt like my first term in the Senate.
[laughs more with audience]
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The film opens with the 1984 Columbia Pictures logo. See more »
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 See more »
An underwhelming convoluted unsatisfying dragged out film
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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