THE FRONT RUNNER
Oscar® nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Reitman in the new thrilling drama THE FRONT RUNNER. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race – events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage. Director and co-writer Jason Reitman (PFF22’s LABOR DAY, PFF SpringFest’s TULLY) brings together an astounding ensemble to capture the pivotal moment in American history when the institutions of politics and journalism were forced to consider whether a politician’s extra-marital affairs were worth bringing into the national conversation. Setting the stage with an exhilarating opening, Reitman navigates the film through the countless cogs of the political machine; from interns to aides, reporters to voters, all revolving around the flawed man at the heart of it all. The ever-likeable Jackman shines as the conflicted Hart, whose blind determination may not be enough to save his reputation and career.
CAST: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina
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