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Primary Colors

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Original title
Primary Colors
Running time
143 min.
United States United States
Elaine May (Novel: Joe Klein)
Ry Cooder
Michael Ballhaus
Distributed by Universal Pictures, Mutual Film Company. Icarus
Drama | Satire. Politics
Synopsis / Plot
Henry, the idealistic grandson of a civil rights leader, joins the campaign of presidential hopeful Jack Stanton, the progressive and libidenous governor of a southern state. Also on the team are Richard, a redneck campaign strategist, and Libby, a gay, gun-toting trouble shooter. Stanton's roller coaster, scandal-ridden, campaign opens Henry's eyes to the harsh realities that are all a part of being a politician seeking office in late 20th century America.
1998: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actress (Kathy Bates)
1998: 2 Nominations for Golden Globe: Best Actor Comedy (Travolta), Supporting Actress
1998: BAFTA Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay. Nominated for Best Sup. Actress (Bates)
1998: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Supp. Actress (Bates)
1998: 2 Critics' Choice Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Thornton) & Supp. Actress (Bates)
1998: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
1998: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Kathy Bates)
1998: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Bates). 2 Nominations
1998: Cannes Film Festival: Official Selection (Out of Competition)
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