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Thumbnail for Primary Colors (1998) Primary Colors (1998)

Basics Critics:70Viewers:59Rusty:77
Category: Comedy, DramaSub-Category: biographical film, drama film, comedy filmNarrative location: Washington, D.C.Runtime: 138 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: New York City, New OrleansDirector: Mike NicholsScreenwriter: Elaine May, Joe KleinBased on: Primary ColorsMusic: Ry CooderCinematography: Michael BallhausStars: John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Adrian Lester, Maura Tierney, Larry Hagman, Diane Ladd, Paul GuilfoyleProducer: Mike NicholsStudio: Universal StudiosAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Kathy Bates)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Elaine May)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

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 is tapped to oversee the presidential campaign of Governor Jack Stanton. 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, and an outspoken adviser, Richard Jemmons.

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