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Primary Colors (20-Mar-1998)

Director: Mike Nichols

Writer: Elaine May

From novel: Primary Colors by Joe Klein

Music by: Ry Cooder

Producer: Mike Nichols

Keywords: Drama, Comedy, POTUS, Election, Roman Clef

A Bill Clinton-style southern governor pairs with a wily James Carville-style political operative, aiming for the highest elected office. Over-the-top political satire based on Joe Klein's novel, which he originally released anonymously. Script is witty and clever, the performances good but not stellar. Received Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Adaptation.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Caroline Aaron
7-Aug-1952   Character actress, 1980s to present
Bonnie Bartlett
20-Jun-1929   Ellen Craig on St. Elsewhere
Kathy Bates
28-Jun-1948   Misery
Gia Carides
7-Jun-1964   My Big Fat Greek Wedding
James Denton
20-Jan-1963   Mike Delfino on Desperate Housewives
Stacy Edwards
4-Mar-1965   In the Company of Men
Ned Eisenberg
13-Jan-1957   Roger Kressler on Law & Order: SVU
Paul Guilfoyle
28-Apr-1949   Capt. Jim Brass on CSI
Larry Hagman
21-Sep-1931 23-Nov-2012 J.R. Ewing on Dallas
Allison Janney
19-Nov-1959   C. J. Cregg on The West Wing
Ben Jones
30-Aug-1941   Cooter from Dukes of Hazzard
James Earl Jones
17-Jan-1931   Voice of Darth Vader and CNN
Larry King
Talk Show Host
19-Nov-1933   Larry King Live
Robert Klein
8-Feb-1942   Unable to stop his leg
Diane Ladd
29-Nov-1942   Chinatown
Bianca Lawson
20-Mar-1979   Saved by the Bell: The New Class
Adrian Lester
14-Aug-1968   Mickey Stone on Hustle
Bill Maher
Talk Show Host
20-Jan-1956   Politically Incorrect
J. C. Quinn
30-Nov-1940 10-Feb-2004 The Abyss
Rob Reiner
6-Mar-1947   Meathead
Geraldo Rivera
4-Jul-1943   Fox News commentator
Charlie Rose
Talk Show Host
5-Jan-1942   Charlie Rose Show
Tony Shalhoub
9-Oct-1953   Monk
Emma Thompson
15-Apr-1959   Howard's End
Billy Bob Thornton
4-Aug-1955   Sling Blade
Maura Tierney
3-Feb-1965   Abby from ER
John Travolta
18-Feb-1954   Saturday Night Fever
Mykelti Williamson
4-Mar-1960   Bubba in Forrest Gump


John Travolta   ...   Gov. Jack Stanton
Emma Thompson   ...   Susan Stanton
Billy Bob Thornton   ...   Richard Jemmons
Adrian Lester   ...   Henry Burton
Maura Tierney   ...   Daisy
Larry Hagman   ...   Gov. Fred Picker
Paul Guilfoyle   ...   Howard Ferguson
Diane Ladd   ...   Mamma Stanton
Rob Reiner   ...   Izzy Rosenblatt
Kathy Bates   ...   Libby Holden
Robert Klein   ...   Norman Asher
Caroline Aaron   ...   Lucille Kaufman
Mykelti Williamson   ...   Dewayne Smith
Tony Shalhoub   ...   Eddie Reyes
Rebecca Walker   ...   March
Tommy Hollis   ...   Fat Willie
Brian Markinson   ...   Randy Culligan
Ben Jones   ...   Arlen Sporken
J. C. Quinn   ...   Uncle Charlie
Ned Eisenberg   ...   Brad Lieberman
Allison Janney   ...   Miss Walsh
O'Neal Compton   ...   Sailorman Shoreson
Chelcie Ross   ...   Charlie Martin
Bonnie Bartlett   ...   Martha Harris
James Denton   ...   Mitch
Leontine Guilliard   ...   Ruby
Monique L. Ridge   ...   Tawana Carter
Geraldo Rivera   ...   Himself
Charlie Rose   ...   Himself
Larry King   ...   Himself
Kevin Cooney   ...   Lawrence Harris
Cynthia O'Neal   ...   Elegant Woman
John Vargas   ...   Lorenzo Delgado
Bianca Lawson   ...   Loretta
Robert Cicchini   ...   Jimmy Ozio
Stan Davis   ...   Jack Mandela Washington
Harrison Young   ...   Sam
Rolando Molina   ...   Anthony Ramirez
Ross Benjamin   ...   Peter Goldsmith
Stacy Edwards   ...   Jennifer Rogers
Kristoffer Ryan Winters   ...   Terry Hicks
Susan Kussman   ...   Ella Louise
Vickilyn Reynolds   ...   Amalee
Robert Symonds   ...   Bart Nilson
Gia Carides   ...   Cashmere McLeod
Robert Easton   ...   Dr. Beauregard
Scott Burkholder   ...   Danny Scanlon
Bill Maher   ...   Himself
Lu Elrod   ...   Chubby Woman
R. M. Haley   ...   Shipyard Announcer
Henry Woronicz   ...   Pundit
Darice Richman   ...   Linda Feldstein
Rosalie Peck   ...   Retiree
Susan Forristal   ...   Bugger Bugger Woman
James Earl Jones   ...   CNN Voiceover (voice)


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