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R| 2 hr. 23 min.

Plot Summary
In this adaptation of the best-selling roman à clef about Bill Clinton's 1992 run for the White House, the young and gifted Henry Burton (Adrian Lester) is tapped to oversee the presidential campaign of Governor Jack Stanton (John Travolta). Burton is pulled into the politician's colorful world and looks on as Stanton -- who has a wandering eye that could be his downfall -- contends with his ambitious wife, Susan, (Emma Thompson) and an outspoken adviser, Richard Jemmons (Billy Bob Thornton).

Cast: John Travolta , Emma Thompson , Billy Bob Thornton , Kathy Bates , Adrian Lester , Maura Tierney , Larry Hagman , Diane Ladd

Director: Mike Nichols

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Primary Colors (1998)

Release Date: March 13th, 1998|2 hr. 23 min.

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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    An intelligent movie that portrays the mighty without reverence. show more

  • 100
    USA Today

    Perhaps Nichols and May's greatest accomplishment is capturing perfectly on film the mysterious, complex, compromised relationship the public has with today's political leaders. show more

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    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's a superb film -- funny, insightful and very wise about the realities of political life. show more

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