Primary Colors

Primary Colors (1998)

What went down on the way to the top.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1998-03-20
  • User Rating: 6.2/10 from 158 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 23min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Mutual Film Company
  • Production Country: France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Director:
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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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  • John Travolta

    as Jack Stanton
  • Emma Thompson

    as Susan Stanton
  • Billy Bob Thornton

    as Richard Jemmons
  • Kathy Bates

    as Libby Holden
  • Adrian Lester

    as Henry Burton
  • Maura Tierney

    as Daisy Green
  • Larry Hagman

    as Gov. Fred Picker
  • Diane Ladd

    as Mama Stanton
  • Rob Reiner

    as Izzy Rosenblatt
  • Allison Janney

    as Miss Walsh
  • Mykelti Williamson

    as Dewayne Smith
  • Stacy Edwards

    as Jennifer Rogers
  • Paul Guilfoyle

    as Howard Ferguson
  • Robert Klein

    as Norman Asher
  • Tony Shalhoub

    as Eddie Reyes
  • Caroline Aaron

    as Lucille Kaufman
  • Chelcie Ross

    as Charlie Martin
Directing Mike Nichols Director
Writing Elaine May Screenplay
Production Mike Nichols Producer
Production Neil A. Machlis Producer
Sound Ry Cooder Original Music Composer
Camera Michael Ballhaus Director of Photography
Production Jonathan D. Krane Producer
Editing Arthur Schmidt Editor