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Primary Colors
Primary Colors
Actors: John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Kathy Bates, Larry Hagman, Billy Bob Thornton
Director: Mike Nichols
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     1998     2hr 23min

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 pref...  more »

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Actors: John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Kathy Bates, Larry Hagman, Billy Bob Thornton
Director: Mike Nichols
Creators: Jonathan D. Krane, Michael Haley, Michele Imperato, Neil A. Machlis, Elaine May, Joe Klein
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Mike Nichols, Drama
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/09/1998
Original Release Date: 03/20/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 03/20/1998
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 2hr 23min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 10/10/2022...
John Travolta played his part well in this and it was pretty entertaining to watch!
Michael M. (bugsyboy) from LEAWOOD, KS
Reviewed on 6/20/2008...
John Trovolta IS Bill Clinton in this movie about campaigns and what it takes to succeed in politics.

Movie Reviews

A Lasting Surprise
Mr Jazz De Cou | Le Vésinet, France | 03/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Jazz De Cou
Le Vésinet, France

When "Primary Colors" first came out I initially had no intention of seeing it, despite my
interest in the subject because I had classified John Travolta as a non-actor. But a friend
who had seen the film and was disturbed by it, asked if I thought the film reflected reali-
ties. The question disturbed me because I could not imagine why he asked it. So I went
to the film, expecting a turkey. I thought the casting director must have been a very close
friend of the actors chosen.

Well, not too many seconds after the film began, my pulse began to flutter. This was just not
a film like any others I had ever seen. The film made real for me all sorts of facts that had simply
been abstractions when I encountered them in textbooks or was exposed to them in
the media. I was watching reality like a voyeur looking through a keyhole. I felt some embarrassment,
but I continued watching. I was hypnotized.

Now, how then did I react to John Travolta? Well, I was aghast with astonishment! What an extraordinary
performance! I honestly cannot imagine how anyone could have played the part better.

I haven't made a list lately of my all-time favorite films lately, but when I do "Primary Colors"
will among those at the very near the top.

Jazz De Cou"