Primary Colors (1998)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
John Travolta Gov. Jack Stanton
Emma Thompson Susan Stanton
Kathy Bates Libby Holden
Larry Hagman Gov. Fred Picker
Billy Bob Thornton Richard Jemmons
Adrian Lester Henry Burton
Maura Tierney Daisy
Diane Ladd Mamma Stanton
Paul Guilfoyle Howard Ferguson
Rebecca Walker March
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama
Director Mike Nichols
Producer Mike Nichols; Michael Haley; Michele Imperato
Writer Joe Klein; Elaine May
Studio Universal; Universal Studios
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 2 hr 23 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Based on the novel by Anonymous (a.k.a. political reporter Joe Klein) and released when the Monica Lewinsky scandal was in full swing, Primary Colors may have been a case of too much, too soon for many moviegoers, who preferred the real-life Clinton crisis over the movie's thinly disguised "Clintonesque" comedy. The general public felt that the film was exploiting the president's indiscretions, and as a result one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 1998 was a box-office disappointment. But when considered apart from the Clinton scandals and judged on its own considerable merits, this superb comedy-drama provides an illuminating, insightful, and frequently hilarious look at the harsh realities of presidential politics. John Travolta stars as Jack Stanton, a presidential hopeful whose campaign is challenged by dual dilemmas: how to squelch a scandal involving the candidate's alleged sex with an underage girl, and how to handle information that could potentially ruin Stanton's opponent (superbly played by Larry Hagman). Stanton's wife (Emma Thompson) stands by her man despite awareness of his infidelities, but his loyal campaign planners (played by Billy Bob Thornton, Maura Tierney, and promising newcomer Adrian Lester) experience a crisis of conscience. So does one of the Stantons' oldest friends (Kathy Bates, in an Oscar-nominated role), whose sense of betrayal and lost idealism proves too much to bear. Masterfully adapted by director Mike Nichols and his former-comedy-partner-turned-screenwriter, Elaine May, Primary Colors plays like a sophisticated comedy with loads of memorable scenes and dialogue, but it sneaks up on you with devastating dramatic impact. Anchored by Travolta's superb performance (which is reminiscent of Clinton without being a cheap impersonation), the movie presents a story of great moral complexity and leaves viewers to contemplate their own reactions to the volatile and ethically complicated game of modern politics. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Index 856
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 11/12/03
Purchase Price $9.00
Store Warehouse
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 007
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, dual layer
UPC 025192028328
Chapters 40
Release Date 2003
Subtitles Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen