Starring: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J. K. Simmons, Alfred Molina, Sara Paxton, Kaitlyn Dever, Molly Ephraim, Courtney Ford, Ari Graynor, Kevin Pollak, Bill Burr
Dark comedy bio-drama directed and co-written by Jason Reitman. The story follows the rise and fall of charismatic politician, Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman), who was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was derailed by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice (Sara Paxton). Hart was then forced to drop out of the race, events that left a lasting impact on American politics.
[doing a promo ad for his presidential campaign]
Cameraman: So start with the, uh, shoulder in a little.
Gary Hart: My name is Gary Hart and I’m running for President.
Bill Dixon: I want you to think about the opportunity that we have right here, right now.
Bill Dixon: I’ve never known a guy more talented at untangling politics so that anyone can understand. It is a gift, and he wants to share that, and all anybody wants is for him to take a stupid photo. He will never understand that.
News Anchor: Gary Hart is the man to beat in ’88.
Gary Hart: If we uphold ourselves to those higher standards, then the voters cannot do otherwise.
George McGovern: Senator, I want to ask you some questions about the woman in your townhouse.
Tom Fiedler: Can you tell us how you know her?
Gary Hart: You can’t be serious. No one is staying in my home. There’s no need for that.
Tom Fiedler: But I am serious, sir.
Lee Hart: [to Hart] The one thing I asked was that you don’t embarrass me.
Bill Dixon: [to Hart] You can’t hide from this. The cameras go everywhere.
Tom Fiedler: It’s up to us to hold these guys accountable.
A.J. Parker: Just because some other paper use gossip as front page news, that doesn’t mean we have to.
Newspaper Editor: It does. It does now.
Irene Kelly: He is a man with power, and that takes certain responsibility.
Bill Dixon: We need to say something.
Gary Hart: It’s nobody’s business, none of it is.
Bill Dixon: Okay, but we’re not talking about that. We’re talking about how you get through today!
Gary Hart: This campaign is about the future. Not rumors, not sleaze, and I care about the sanctity of this process, whether you do or do not!
Lee Hart: Go on, Gary, say it.
Gary Hart: There’s going to be a story tomorrow about me.
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