Primary Colors

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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.

  1. Elaine May


  2. Mike Nichols


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  1. John Travolta

    John Travolta

    Jack Stanton

  2. Emma Thompson

    Emma Thompson

    Susan Stanton

  3. Billy Bob Thornton

    Billy Bob Thornton

    Richard Jemmons

  4. Kathy Bates

    Kathy Bates

    Libby Holden

  5. Adrian Lester

    Adrian Lester

    Henry Burton

  6. Maura Tierney

    Maura Tierney

    Daisy Green

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 23m

Budget $65,000,000.00

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Release Information

  • March 20, 1998
    R, Theatrical



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