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Primary Colors

1998 American drama film

Primary Colors

Released 20 March 1998 (25 years, 3 months ago)

Director Mike Nichols
Duration 138 minutes
Genre biographical film, drama film and comedy film
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Composer Ry Cooder
Production company Universal Studios
Country of origin United States of America
Screenwriter Elaine May and Joe Klein
Producer Mike Nichols

About Primary Colors

Primary Colors is a political drama film released in 1998, directed by Mike Nichols and based on the novel of the same name by Joe Klein. The film stars John Travolta as Jack Stanton, a charismatic Southern governor running for president, and Emma Thompson as his wife, Susan. The film follows the Stantons' campaign as they navigate scandals, personal demons, and the cutthroat world of politics.

Travolta's performance as Stanton is a standout, with Rolling Stone's Peter Travers calling it "a tour de force of charm, cunning, and vulnerability." Thompson also shines as Susan, a woman struggling to reconcile her own ambitions with her loyalty to her husband. The supporting cast, including Billy Bob Thornton as a political strategist and Kathy Bates as a no-nonsense campaign aide, is equally impressive.

The film's portrayal of the inner workings of a political campaign is both fascinating and unsettling, with Rolling Stone's David Ansen noting that "Primary Colors is a movie that will make you laugh, cringe, and feel a little dirty." The film's themes of power, corruption, and idealism are as relevant today as they were in 1998, making Primary Colors a must-watch for anyone interested in politics.

Overall, Primary Colors is a gripping and thought-provoking film that showcases some of the best performances of its era. It's a must-watch for fans of political dramas and anyone interested in the darker side of American politics.


Travers, Peter. "Primary Colors." Rolling Stone, 26 March 1998.

Ansen, David. "Primary Colors." Newsweek, 16 March 1998.

Cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


94 years, 6 days


44 years, 2 months, 26 days

Born first

20 June 1929

Died first

23 November 2012

Born last

20 March 1979

Died last

23 January 2021

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