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Primary Colors
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John Travolta John Travolta
Governor Jack Stanton
Emma Thompson Emma Thompson
Susan Stanton
Billy Bob Thornton Billy Bob Thornton
Richard Jemmons
Kathy Bates Kathy Bates
Libby Holden
Adrian Lester Adrian Lester
Henry Burton
Maura Tierney Maura Tierney
Daisy Green
Larry Hagman Larry Hagman
Gov. Fred Picker
Diane Ladd Diane Ladd
Mamma Stanton


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Elaine May Elaine May
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A great underrated movie

5 years, 5 months ago at Aug 20 8:19
To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should definitely check it out again when I have the opportunity. I have noticed that it didn't get much love when it was released but I think it's a shame as I really liked it a lot. If I'm not mistaken, I think it was made just before the Monicagate (maybe I'm wrong!) so it was actually extremely sharp. Anyway, I think it is a ... read more

Primary Colors

2 years, 6 months ago at Jul 22 20:26
Perhaps the thing keeping Primary Colors from achieving true greatness is pretty simple: it’s practically a fossilized record of the Clinton era in microcosm. It also had the unfortunate bit of luck to be released in 1998, shortly after the Monica Lewinsky scandal became a national soap opera, late-night punch line and eternal footnote to Clinton’s presidency. But it’s not all bad, Primary C... read more
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Jack Stanton is running for president. The election is seen through the eyes of young Henry Burton. Along the way Stanton must deal with a sex scandal.
Release date: 20 March 1998
UPC: 025192028328
Tags: Drama (8), Comedy (8), Scandal (6), Politics (6), 1998 (5), Propaganda (5), Honor (5), Governor (5), Candidate (5), Media (4), Suicide (4), Political (4), Cover Up (4), Based On Novel (4), Blackmail (4), 1990s (4), Philanderer (3), Political Campaign (3), Real Life Parallel (3), Rise To Power (3)
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Primary Colors

“Perhaps the thing keeping Primary Colors from achieving true greatness is pretty simple: it’s practically a fossilized record of the Clinton era in microcosm. It also had the unfortunate bit of luck to be released in 1998, shortly after the Monica Lewinsky scandal became a national soap opera, late-night punch line and eternal footnote to Clinton’s presidency. But it’s not all bad, Primary Colors is smart, cynical and twisted enough to actually examine the lesser-of-two-evils dichotomy that presides in American politics.

No film reaching for such lofty ambitions of tone or character could ever walk away as a perfectly realized piece of work, and Primary Colors is often messy, reaching into absurdist’s territory in many instances, yet still somehow striking a fairly believ” read more

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“To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should definitely check it out again when I have the opportunity. I have noticed that it didn't get much love when it was released but I think it's a shame as I really liked it a lot. If I'm not mistaken, I think it was made just before the Monicagate (maybe I'm wrong!) so it was actually extremely sharp. Anyway, I think it is a very interesting movie about politics (a topic I find riveting) and the cast was very good as well. Indeed, John Travolta gave here one of his best performances and he managed to create a a multifaceted character who was obviously charismatic and likeable but also a terrible womanizer and therefore a little bit a loser. And yet, the guy was not a total idiot so it was quite a complex character. To” read more

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