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Henry Burton (Adrian Lester) is an idealistic young black man, the grandson of a Civil Rights leader, who is looking for something or someone to believe in.

He joins the presidential campaign of Jack Stanton (John Travolta),   the progressive governor of a small southern state where Henry's ancestors were slaves, and meets his new political family: Richard (Billy Bob Thornton) the brilliant, improbable political strategist who proudly describes himself as a "Redneck," Libby (Kathy Bates) the fanatically loyal, overtly gay, campaign trouble shooter who occasionally carries a gun, Daisy (Maura Tierney) the campaign media advisor, young and smart and looking for love. Jack and Susan Stanton (Emma Thompson) are impossible to resist, burning with the ambition to be a part of history.

During the long, roller coaster campaign riddled with sexual scandal, Henry becomes progressively more involved with his new world, alternating between love and disillusion and discovering that both are a part of growing up American.

Universal Pictures and Mutual Film Co. present Primary Colors, a comedy-drama directed by Mike Nichols starring John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, Adrian Lester, Maura Tierney and Kathy Bates. The screenplay is by Elaine May adapted from the best-selling book by Anonymous.

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