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 with people, and all anybody wants is for him to take a stupid photo. He will never understand that.
Bill Dixon: I want you to think about the opportunity that we have right now, and the cost to this great country if we squander it.
News Anchor: Gary Hart is the man to beat in ’88.
Gary Hart: I came here today to talk to you about America’s future. Ideas have power. Ideas are what this election is all about.
Gary Hart: If we uphold ourselves to those higher standards, then the voters cannot do otherwise.
AJ Parker: [to Hart] Senator, can I ask you a question? Do you feel like you have a traditional marriage?
Pete Murphy: 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.
Pete Murphy: Senator, did you have sex with that woman?
Gary Hart: You can’t be serious. There’s no need for that.
Tom Fiedler: Don’t you think you owe it to us to be forthcoming?
Gary Hart: Owe you?
Tom Fiedler: You’re running for president!
Gary Hart: I’m aware of that, Tom, it’s in the papers.
Tom Fiedler: You have a responsibility!
Gary Hart: I know full well what my responsibilities are! Do you know yours?!
Lee Hart: [to Hart] The one thing I ever asked was that you don’t embarrass me.
Bill Dixon: [to Hart] You can’t hide from this. There is no privacy. 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.
Ben Bradlee: It does. It does now.
Irene Kelly: He is a man with power, and that takes certain responsibility.
Bill Dixon: There are stories being written right now.
Gary Hart: There is no story.
Bill Dixon: We need to say something.
Gary Hart: It’s nobody’s business, none of it is.
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!
Bill Dixon: Okay, but we’re not talking about that. We’re talking about how you get through today without pissing away everything we’ve all worked for on this campaign! If you lose this we can kiss the White House goodbye.
Lee Hart: Go on, Gary, say it.
Gary Hart: There’s going to be a story tomorrow about me.
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