Primary Colors


(out of 5)

Based on the tell-all book by “Anonymous” (actually Joe Klein), Elaine May’s excellent script fictionalizes the Clintons’ primary race towards the Oval Office. Presidential candidate Jack Stanton () is a womanizing manipulator who is still capable of being a great leader and worthy of admiration no matter what his personal faults, while is compelling as the woman everyone feels runs the whole show because is just the only one on the team with a conscience; while Jack eases his way through everything with characteristic aplomb, Thompson’s Susan Stanton is constantly keeping her eye on the ball, taking Jack’s sins upon herself and eventually suffering for them. is brilliant as the new political aide brought on to the campaign, through whom we view the whole story, and  is sheer delight as the dirty-mouthed moral dust-buster with a more sensitive heart than at first it seems. Mike Nichols’ direction is perfect, and the film should be regarded in the future as an undeniable classic.

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France/United Kingdom/Germany/USA/Japan, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by 

Academy Awards 1998

Golden Globe Awards 1998

Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 1998.  

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