Primary Colors

Primary Colors

DVD - 1998
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Jack Stanton is a virtually unknown Southern governor on a quest for the White House with his strong, savvy and equally ambitious wife, Susan. Running against the odds, the Stantons need all the help they can get from their extremely colorful political team. Together, they take off on a hilarious, heart-wrenching and ultimately history-making roller coaster ride to the top.

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Nursebob
Apr 08, 2017

With surprise cameos from the likes of Larry King, Geraldo Rivera, Charlie Rose, and Rob Reiner, Mike Nichols' droll comedy could have been a scathing satire on Washington politicos and the art of spinning the truth. He instead opts for the myth of “honesty on the campaign trail” halfway through and turns it all into a shamelessly gushing paean to apple pie patriotism bursting with Old Glory and cascades of red, white, and blue balloons. At least Larry Hagman is convincing as Stanton’s humble adversary with a tarnished past and Kathy Bates steals every scene in her Oscar-nominated role as a psychologically unbalanced investigator whose own 70’s idealism is sorely tested after she’s hired by Stanton to protect his image. Good for a few laughs and a whole lot of soul-crushing irony when you consider what’s haunting the Oval Office in 2017.

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books4readingsake
Nov 07, 2016

This sometimes analytical, sometimes farcical film paints a lurid portrait of the state of electoral politics in general and candidates in particular. I laughed. I cried. I winced as the naive characters of Henry Burton (Julius Lester) and Libby Holden (Kathy Bates) became justifiably disillusioned with the political process. The characters in this ensemble cast were so realistic, the acting so superb, that I sometimes forgot that I was "in" a movie.

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charmingsonata
Jan 28, 2016

Pretty good acting, everyone should watch before the 2016 election.

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talktimereader
Oct 18, 2014

Emma Thompson is very good, John Travolta overacting, in this US Clinton take off.

Some of the humour misses the mark and some of the terror is poorly presented.

Not as good as some of the caste names would suggest, but interesting in an entertainment sense.

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bstudent
Jun 26, 2012

drama w/some comedy - interesting characters, lives and schedule. A good movie which holds your interest.

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Mar 01, 2011

John Travolta
Emma Thompson
Kathy Bates
Larry hagman
Billy Bob Thrnton
Maura Tierney

This is the story about the quest for US presidency by an obscure southern governor, actively supported by his strong, savvy, and equally ambitious wife.

Nicely done.

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