The Front Runner
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Length: 113 mins
Director: Jason Reitman
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons
It’s 1988 and Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) is the likeable and inspirational Democratic nominee, winning hearts and minds on the campaign trail. But he’s unwilling to open up about his family life, and the press unearth explosive details that begin to derail his marriage and his political aspirations.
The true story of a dream as it crumbles, The Front Runner shows new sides to Hugh Jackman, in a role that takes his showmanship in complex directions. J.K. Simmons and Vera Farmiga, as his campaign manager and wife respectively, must deal with the personal fall out from this tabloid story that changed the course of American politics.
“Starring as disgraced US senator Gary Hart, the Oscar nominee delivers a thoughtful performance in a film about morality in both politics and the newsroom” ★★★★ – The Guardian
“Hugh Jackman does a fine job of conveying the intellect, wit and great hair of Gary Hart, a presidential candidate scuppered by scandal” ★★★★ – The Times
“The Front Runner is littered with brilliant turns from actors both seasoned and up and coming, but unfortunately the film can’t quite match their efforts.” ★★★ – Den of Geek