LBJ

LBJ

By Rob Reiner

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2017-11-03
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 37min
  • Director: Rob Reiner
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99

Description

After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan), he agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. That all changes on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird (Jennifer Jason Leigh) by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency. As the nation mourns, Johnson must contend with longtime adversary Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Michael Stahl-David) and one-time mentor Georgia Senator Richard Russell (Richard Jenkins) as he seeks to honor JFK’s legacy by championing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Reviews

  • A tragedy

    1
    By Cowboy72
    The actors don’t visually or narratively resemble the characters. The story line isn’t even close to the real life figures in public. The best part of the entire film...the credits were accurate at the end.
  • See this film

    4
    By McBorough
    If I knew nothing about LBJ this film would have won all five stars. As a student of the Senate and Politics in general, it's missing quite a bit from what I would have wanted to see in a biopic of perhaps the single most effective politician ever to walk Pennsylvania Avenue. Woody's performance is stellar. Though I have a great appreciation for his talents, I expected less than I got from him in this role. He dissappeared completely, leaving only LBJ in all his shabby glory. I wish they had written the story to include more of LBJ's unparalleled virtuosity as THE lion of the post-war Senate. It would have been so much more rewarding to see more of his complexity, including the years tainted by the Vietnam war, as well as more work with his foils over the years in addition to just Bobby. Alas. As is, this is a great film and only us politico nerds will be left wanting more.
  • Pretty good

    3
    By jgwgainey
    LBJ was a good movie for the most part. Reiner tried to change the way people view history as most liberals do. Johnson was not the nice person portrayed by Woody. Especially when RFK got knocked to the ground while shooting. LBJ said something totally different to him. So before believing the way Johnson was portrayed in this movie, check your history on the 36th President. As I said it was a pretty good movie though. Well acted and interesting. Totally untrue though.
  • Reality Check?

    1
    By Drew!bos!
    LBJ referred to the Civil Rights Act as the Ni**a Bill. Cheers to the genius commenter who said this is what a real president looks like. Whoever made that comment is either ill informed or extremely racist.
  • Uneven Movie With Some Good Parts

    3
    By SK1003
    When the movie began I realized that it was directed by Rob Reiner and my anticipation sank. I got what I expected. The beginning part of the movie is engaging. If from what I read from history books is correct, the movie shows Lyndon Johnson for what he was - a crass, smart politician with incredible skills of persuasion. However, the second half of the movie sinks into a preachy retelling of the civil right act where events unfold with pontificating statements tinged with warm sunlight. The details get lost and it feels like the kind of historical melodrama you've seen before. Woody Harrelson and Jennifer Jason Leigh do fantastic jobs as Lyndon and Ladybird Johnson.
  • Amazing film!

    5
    By Joseph Mans
    Incredible performances and perfect mix of drama, emotion and humor. Woody is so good!
  • This film needs to be seen.

    5
    By Grateful User+
    Please see this film to understand what a real American president looks like.

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