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Director: Mike Nichols     Starring: Emma Thompson John Travolta
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40099945
UPC: 025192028328
UPC 14: 00025192028328
Rating: Game Rating Code
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He was born to run.
Jack stanton, a virtually unknown southern governor on a hilarious, heart-wrenching roller coaster ride to the presidency. It's a savagely funny satire that ultimately leads to the white house, with plenty of shocking surprises along the way.
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"Funny and vibrant.  Time Magazine
"So funny it hurts!  Rolling Stone

Editor's Note
In Mike Nichols's PRIMARY COLORS, America's topsy-turvy political process is viewed through the eyes of Henry Burton (Adrian Lester), an idealistic young man who is seduced into managing the presidential campaign of slick southern governor Jack Stanton (John Travolta). The mesmerized Burton immediately sets up campaign headquarters and meets his new political family: Susan Stanton (Emma Thompson), Jack's wife and partner; Richard Jemmons (Billy Bob Thornton), the sly, improbable political strategist who proudly describes himself as a redneck; Libby Holden (Kathy Bates), the fanatically loyal, overtly lesbian campaign troubleshooter who always has a big mouth and occasionally carries a big gun to match; and Daisy (Maura Tierney), the young, smart, and looking-for-love campaign media adviser. The film is based on the controversial best-selling novel by Anonymous (Joe Klein). Travolta's dead-on, thinly disguised Clinton impersonation alone is well worth seeing.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1) Surround Sound

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/2/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20283
Video UPC UPC: 00025192028328
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Adrian Lester
Video Cast Info Billy Bob Thornton
Video Cast Info Kathy Bates
Video Cast Info Larry Hagman
Video Cast Info Maura Tierney
Video Cast Info Emma Thompson
Video Cast Info John Travolta
Video Cast Info Ann Roth - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Mike Nichols - Director
Video Cast Info Michael Ballhaus - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Arthur Schmidt - Editor
Video Cast Info Jonathan D. Krane - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Neil Machlis - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Ry Cooder - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Mike Nichols - Producer
Video Cast Info Elaine May - Screenplay


Oscar (1999)
   Video Award Name Kathy Bates, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress
   Video Award Name Elaine May, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

Golden Globe (1999)
   Video Award Name John Travolta, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
   Video Award Name Kathy Bates, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Screen Actors Guild Award (1999)
Video Award Name Kathy Bates, Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...This provocative film touches a nerve. It's so funny it hurts..." 04/16/1998 p.87-8

Entertainment Weekly
"...Travolta is a wonderful Clinton/Stanton....[Bates is] a fierce, funny force of nature..." 09/04/1998 pp.86-7

New York Times
"...An array of vivid caricatures whose real-life role models aren't easy acts to follow..." 03/20/1998 p.E1

Los Angeles Times
"...For Tennessee-born Kathy Bates, this gleeful, high-energy part is a lifesaver, her best performance since winning an Oscar in MISERY and good enough to practically steal the entire picture..." 03/20/1998 p.C1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...It's a superb film -- funny, insightful and very wise about the realities of political life....The movie is endlessly inventive and involving..." 03/20/1998 p.41

Total Film
"...PRIMARY COLORS rewards where other political dramas merely bore..." 10/01/1999 p.104

Box Office Magazine 7 of 10
When Primary Colors sticks to [Joe] Klein's book, it sings... The acting, too is superb, from Emma Thompson's button-down version of Hilary to Billy Bob Thornton's deadpan riff on Clinton's Cajun troubleshooter James Carville. Kathy Bates also rises to the occasion as the bombastic, lunatic Stanton spin doctor Libby Holden. And Travolta as the petulant, irresponsible but genuinely caring and charming Jack Stanton isn't just in top form; he's the best p.r. Bill Clinton could ever hope for. - Shlomo Schwartzberg

Time Magazine 8 of 10
... Nichols and his once and current partner, screenwriter Elaine May... make a funny, knowing, ultimately judicious film... If you mix the primary colors red, yellow and blue, the result is black. But this is no black comedy. It is a wistful story, about honor (Nichols says) and (we say) about the joy and pain of an idealist's love. - Richard Corliss

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Travolta,John
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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