The Front Runner

The Front Runner

DVD - 2019
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This is the true story of Gary Hart, the former Colorado senator who quickly rose to the top of the pack as the number one contender for the 1987 Democratic presidential primary. Due to his charisma and drive, Hart connects well with the younger constituents, and both himself and his aides see this a clear and present path to victory. But allegations soon emerge of an extramarital affair, and Hart is forced to deal with the impact that these new allegations have not just on his campaign but on every aspect of his reputation and his personal life.


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May 18, 2019

This was so contrite that I could not watch the movie after 20 minutes. Perhaps you'd like it more than I do, but I couldn't stand it at all, despite the good performances.

May 14, 2019

An elegantly done movie about power and opportunity for Mr. Hart and the press. I remember this 'scandal' and felt sorry for Mrs. Hart.

May 11, 2019

*** I am a fan of political movies and did enjoy this. It brought back memories of this era

May 11, 2019

Just not exactly what I had hoped for. I agree with another reviewer who felt the first half hour or so was confusing. Mr. Hart may be brilliant ( or may have been brilliant) in many ways, but like a lot of powerful men, he had no common sense and thought he could do anything he wanted and it would be okay with everybody.

Apr 22, 2019

Agree with graybear1's comments except that Hart was the one who repeatedly committed infidelity during his POTUS candidacy run and mishandled the Q&A on adultery/immorality with the press. The film came across more about the changing role of journalism than the candidate, i.e. the departure in focusing on a candidate's issues/policies to private affairs (sexual scandals in this case). Expected more with the A-list actors, perhaps we all knew how the story ended.

*** Based on the 2014 book "All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid" by Matt Bai.

*** An interesting 1987 article on Hart and Donna Rice:

Apr 13, 2019

I would have liked to rate this movie higher, as the subject is very important. But the delivery could have, and should have, been much better. Can't blame it on the cast (which was very good). Perhaps the editing... The first 30 minutes were distracted and annoying wasted screen time. When it finally settled down to the story, it just didn't spend enough time on what Gary Hart's message was (brilliant and prophetic). It finally got to its point about how salacious/irresponsible journalism can distract from what is significantly more important.
How ironic that 28 years later, a candidate COMPLETELY lacking in morals or competency actually becomes President, shaming us on the World stage and making our political system a mockery of democracy. Politicians trying to convince us that "capitalism" EQUALS "democracy". (They are most decidedly NOT the same thing, and not mutually exclusive either!)
We should have heeded Hart's warnings; paid more attention to what was truly important. Question is: Have we learned our lesson?
Had the movie been more clear on that message I may have given it 5 stars rather than 3.

Apr 09, 2019

I'm old enough to remember this event. But, I really didn't know what happened. Apparently Gary Hart is a brilliant man, well liked, still married to the same woman. He just didn't have a clue how times had changed. I enjoy the film.

Mar 24, 2019

The story of Gary Hart's 'fall from grace' in 1988 is so emblematic of the pathetic side of American political culture that it deserved retelling in this very good, fast-paced film that captures the bizarre combination of puritanism and salaciousness that sets US 'public morality' apart. Hugh Jackman's Hart is best when he angrily tells the baying 'journalists' that 'it's none of your goddamn business.' A good ensemble cast seconds Jackman, while Vera Farmiga is excellent as his wife Lee. And let's not forget the great script, which delivers one zinger after another. It's a wonderful entertainment combined with a much-needed attack on an American press and public that has forgotten the civilized, look-the-other-way attitude that graced political journalism in the days of FDR, JFK and LBJ. Don't miss it.

Mar 12, 2019

The front runner can sometimes be overtaken by the plenitudes of life.

Mar 03, 2019

This film about the campaign win that should have been and why Hart bailed out after the world discovered the affair with a young naive Donna Rice, smitten on a boat ride that would bring down an entire campaign! Firstly, Hugh Jackman rocked that Hart hair- don't disaster throughout this whole film. Sorry, I just had to go there. He also rocked this role. I completely forgot who I was watching! And wow! Was Hart am egotistical asshole or just as naive as Rice in thinking he do both? Donna and be President. But it also begs the question "Does it matter?" Or even better "Should it?" I mean com'mon people we know EVERYBODY SCREWS! Is it or should it concern us whom with? I mean unless they're screwing children or spies what does it have to do with running the White House? If anything it's kind of an hommage to Presidential Candidate's. Don't you think? How many besides Obama Did Not step out both before, during and after a winning campaign. It didn't stop them from doing their duties. Except perhaps Trump, who I am certain has Not been laid since entering office.


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