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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
Larry Hagman Larry Hagman
Gov. Fred Picker
Diane Ladd Diane Ladd
Mamma Stanton


Written by
Elaine May Elaine May
(screenplay)


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A great underrated movie

11 years, 2 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

8 years, 3 months ago at Jul 22 20:26
Perhaps the thing keeping Primary Colors from achieving true greatness is pretty simple: itโ€™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 Clintonโ€™s presidency. But itโ€™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
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" Directed by: Mike Nichols Produced by: Neil A. Machlis, Jonathan D. Krane, and Mike Nichols Written by: Elaine May Based on the novel: "Primary Colors: A Political Story" by: Joe Kline Cinematography: Michael Ballhaus Edited by: Arthur Schmidt Music by: Ry Cooder Distributed by: Universal Pictures"


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