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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matcat44
Jun 21, 2019

There was too much about the machinations of getting the candidate elected for me. Yes, we’ll acted, but the lead up to the scandal got boring.

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bibliotek74
Jun 13, 2019

This was well acted and interesting, but just another film in the arsenal of thinly veiled "resistance" films we've seen since the 2016 election. It is dual minded, given that we've seen chauvinistic behavior from political leaders on both sides of the aisle over the past decades.

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greatflicks
Jun 12, 2019

A fine movie, well acted and some interesting concepts were brought up and discussed. Nice that Hart and his wife stayed together and Donna went on a did very well in life. At my age I like going back and being reminded of past scandles. I remember Johney Carson making jokes about what was going on during Hart's campain. My thoughts at that time were what a dumb ass, why would he put himself is such bad light if his aim is to become President of the United States.

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yesbyedith
Jun 09, 2019

I remember the 1980's. Well done for performances and script.

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ooppii
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.

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cmarie20
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.

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slaroche
May 11, 2019

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

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BlueHippo
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.

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jimg2000
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.

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*** 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:
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/1987/09/gary-hart-failed-presidential-campaign

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graybear1
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.

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