Primary Colors

Directed By: Mike Nichols Starring: Emma Thompson John Travolta

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by Tom on 6/23/2012

this is a very well acted and equally surprisingly funniest and smartest movie. John Travolta has done a superb job with his character and personally I would think its his best job yet. Mike Nichols and Elaine, equally have done their best jobs on their side.

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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.


Studio Universal
SKU 40099945
UPC 025192028328
UPC 14 00025192028328
Format DVD
Release Date 3/4/2003
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Based On A Novel
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Mike Nichols
Emma Thompson
John Travolta
Cast & Crew
Adrian Lester - Actor
Billy Bob Thornton - Actor
Kathy Bates - Actor
Larry Hagman - Actor
Maura Tierney - Actor
Emma Thompson - Actor
John Travolta - Actor
Ann Roth - Costume Designer
Mike Nichols - Director
Michael Ballhaus - Director of Photography
Arthur Schmidt - Editor
Jonathan D. Krane - Executive Producer
Neil Machlis - Executive Producer
Ry Cooder - Musical Score
Mike Nichols - Producer
Elaine May - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
Catalog ID 20283
UPC 00025192028328
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 104 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1999) Kathy Bates, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress,Elaine May, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Golden Globe (1999) John Travolta, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Kathy Bates, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award (1999) Kathy Bates, Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
ReviewSource Box Office Magazine
Review 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.
Reviewer Shlomo Schwartzberg
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Time Magazine
Review ... 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.
Reviewer Richard Corliss
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1) Surround Sound
Product Attributes
Actor Travolta,John
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Time Magazine Funny and vibrant.
Rolling Stone So funny it hurts!

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