Primary Colors

Primary Colors (1998)

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  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1998-03-20
  • User Rating: 6.3/10 from 282 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 23min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Universal Pictures
  • Production Country: France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Director: Mike Nichols
star 6.3/10
From 282 Ratings


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.

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  • John Travolta

    as Jack Stanton
  • Emma Thompson

    as Susan Stanton
  • Billy Bob Thornton

    as Richard Jemmons
  • Kathy Bates

    as Libby Holden
  • Adrian Lester

    as Henry Burton
  • Maura Tierney

    as Daisy Green
  • Larry Hagman

    as Gov. Fred Picker
  • Diane Ladd

    as Mamma Stanton
  • Paul Guilfoyle

    as Howard Ferguson
  • Rebecca Walker

    as March
  • Caroline Aaron

    as Lucille Kaufman
  • Tommy Hollis

    as Fat Willie
  • Rob Reiner

    as Izzy Rosenblatt
  • Ben Jones

    as Arlen Sporken
  • J.C. Quinn

    as Uncle Charlie
  • Allison Janney

    as Miss Walsh
  • Robert Klein

    as Norman Asher
  • Mykelti Williamson

    as Dewayne Smith
  • James Denton

    as Mitch
  • Leontine Guilliard

    as Ruby
  • Monique Ridge-Williams

    as Tawana Carter
  • Ned Eisenberg

    as Brad Lieberman
  • Brian Markinson

    as Randy Culligan
  • Geraldo Rivera

    as Himself
  • Charlie Rose

    as Himself
  • Larry King

    as Himself
  • O'Neal Compton

    as Sailorman Shoreson
  • Kevin Cooney

    as Lawrence Harris
  • Bonnie Bartlett

    as Martha Harris
  • Cynthia O'Neal

    as Elegant Woman
  • Chelcie Ross

    as Charlie Martin
  • John Vargas

    as Lorenzo Delgado
  • Tony Shalhoub

    as Eddie Reyes
  • Bianca Lawson

    as Loretta
  • Robert Cicchini

    as Jimmy Ozio
  • William Stanford Davis

    as Jack Mandela Washington
  • Harrison Young

    as Sam
  • Rolando Molina

    as Anthony Ramirez
  • Ross Benjamin

    as Peter Goldsmith
  • Stacy Edwards

    as Jennifer Rogers
  • Kristoffer Ryan Winters

    as Terry Hicks
  • Susan Kussman

    as Ella Louise
  • Vickilyn Reynolds

    as Amalee
  • Robert Symonds

    as Bart Nilson
  • Gia Carides

    as Cashmere McLeod
  • Robert Easton

    as Dr. Beauregard
  • Scott Burkholder

    as Danny Scanlon
  • Bill Maher

    as Himself
  • Lu Elrod

    as Chubby Woman
  • Michael Haley

    as Shipyard Announcer
  • Henry Woronicz

    as Pundit
  • Daryce Richman

    as Linda Feldstein
  • Rosalie Peck

    as Retiree
  • Susan Forristal

    as Bugger Bugger Woman
  • James Earl Jones

    as CNN Voiceover (voice)
Editing Arthur Schmidt Editor
Production Juliet Taylor Casting
Production Ellen Lewis Casting
Camera Michael Ballhaus Director of Photography
Art Cheryl Carasik Set Decoration
Art Bo Welch Production Design
Directing Mike Nichols Director
Production Mike Nichols Producer
Costume & Make-Up Ann Roth Costume Design
Sound Ry Cooder Original Music Composer
Art Tom Duffield Art Direction
Production Neil A. Machlis Executive Producer
Production Juel Bestrop Casting
Production Jonathan D. Krane Executive Producer
Production Michael Haley Associate Producer
Directing Michael Haley First Assistant Director
Production Michele Imperato Co-Producer
Writing Elaine May Screenplay
Costume & Make-Up Gary Jones Costume Design
Writing Joe Klein Author
Production Greg McKay Casting
Crew Betsy Sokolow-Sherman Unit Publicist