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LBJ

Bryan Cranston disappeared into the role of Lyndon Johnson for the excellent HBO drama All the Way; Woody Harrelson, encased in prosthetic makeup for this big-screen biopic of the 36th president, still looks like he's about to belly up to the bar on Cheers. He gives a resourceful performance nonetheless, matched in some scenes by Richard Jenkins as Senator Richard Russell of Georgia, the president's segregationist mentor. Screenwriter Joey Hartstone has narrowly framed the story from President Kennedy's assassination in November 1963 to Johnson's State of the Union speech the following January, which allows plenty of psychodrama between the new president and U.S. attorney general Bobby Kennedy, played by Michael Stahl-David, but adds little to the cinematic understanding of Johnson's presidency already supplied by All the Way (which celebrated his civil rights victories) and an earlier HBO movie, Path to War (which charted his disastrous Vietnam policy). Rob Reiner directed.

Credits

Director:

  • Rob Reiner

Cast:

  • Woody Harrelson
  • Richard Jenkins
  • Jennifer Leigh
  • Bill Pullman
  • Kim Allen
  • Michael Stahl-David
  • C. Howell
  • Jeffrey Donovan
  • Doug McKeon
  • Michael Mosley
  • Joe Chrest
  • Rich Sommer
  • Brian Stepanek
  • Thomas Murphy
  • Brent Bailey
  • Gary Grubbs

Producers:

  • Elizabeth Bell
  • Chris Conover
  • Julie May
  • Allan Mandelbaum
  • Danny Roth
  • Martin Shafer
  • Michael Tadross Jr.
  • Damiano Tucci
  • Matthew George
  • Liz Glotzer
  • Rob Reiner
  • Tim White
  • Trevor White
  • Michael Williams

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