Starring: Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kim Allen, Michael Stahl-David, Jeffrey Donovan, Doug McKeon, Michael Mosley
Story: Political bio-drama directed by Rob Reiner where the story centers on powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) who after losing the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan), agrees to be Kennedy’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president.
That all changes on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird (Jennifer Jason Leigh) by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency. With political battles on both sides of the aisle, Johnson works to heal a nation and contend with longtime adversary Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Michael Stahl-David) and one-time mentor Georgia Senator Richard Russell (Richard Jenkins) as he seeks to pass Kennedy’s historic Civil Rights Act.
Best Quotes from Trailer:
Johnson’s Employee: The delegates are meeting with Kennedy right now.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Jack or Bob?
Johnson’s Employee: Teddy.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Christ, this place is infested.
John F. Kennedy: Do you mind if I ask you a question, Lyndon?
[referring to Johnson]
Kenny O’Donnell: You’re out of your damn mind, Jack! All the liberals hate him.
John F. Kennedy: We need Southerners.
Walter Jenkins: There’s no power in a vice presidency.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Power is where power goes.
Lyndon B. Johnson: [to Robert] I’m guessing you Kennedy’s don’t do a lot of deer hunting.
John F. Kennedy: I need to show a strong record on Civil Rights from the start, and they might listen to a Southerner who’s on our side.
Robert F. Kennedy: What makes you think he’s on our side?
Senator Russell: [to Johnson] One those Kennedy’s must really hate you. Those Harvard boys are not going to tell us how to run the state how to run the state of Georgia.
Walter Jenkins: You’re going to lose the support of the people who’ve always had your back.
Lyndon B. Johnson: [to Russell] This train is leaving the station, you can hop on it with me and try to slow the damn thing down.
[as he’s sat on the toilet]
Lyndon B. Johnson: If I’m going to make a run in ’68, I’m going to need people to like me. Shut the door.
[Reedy shuts the toilet door]
George Reedy: How could anybody not like him?
Robert F. Kennedy: [to Kennedy] We’ve got Martin Luther King writing letters from a jail cell. It’s an embarrassment around the world!
Lyndon B. Johnson: You submit this bill now it will never become law!
Robert F. Kennedy: What are we waiting for?
Senator Russell: A new leader has emerged. America has a Southern president.
Robert F. Kennedy: You don’t waste any time, do you, Lyndon?
Lyndon B. Johnson: Excuse me?
[referring to his presidency]
Lyndon B. Johnson: I’d rather not have it than have it this way.
Lady Bird Johnson: [to Johnson] Kennedy, he’s a man of great ideas. Now the country needs a man who can deliver.
Lyndon B. Johnson: There will be no compromise. This is about making President Kennedy’s vision a reality.
Senator Russell: This will define your presidency.
Lyndon B. Johnson: I can only hope.
LBJ is set to open in the US 11/03/2017.