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Lyndon B. Johnson aligns himself with John F. Kennedy, rises to the Presidency, and deals with the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.

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Joey Hartstone (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Lyndon B. Johnson
Michael Stahl-David ... Bobby Kennedy
Richard Jenkins ... Senator Richard Russell
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Lady Bird Johnson
Jeffrey Donovan ... John F. Kennedy
Bill Pullman ... Senator Ralph Yarborough
John Burke ... John Connally
C. Thomas Howell ... Walter Jenkins
John Ellison Conlee ... George Reedy
Michael Mosley ... Kenny O'Donnell
Tim Ransom ... Larry O'Brien
Brent Bailey ... Ted Sorensen
Brian Stepanek ... Agent Rufus Youngblood
Darrel Guilbeau ... Jack Valenti
Oliver Edwin ... Bill Moyers
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Storyline

LBJ centers on the political upheaval that Vice President Johnson faced when he was thrust into the presidency at the hands of an assassin's bullet in November 1963. With political battles on both sides of the aisle, Johnson struggles to heal a nation and secure his presidency by passing Kennedy's historic Civil Rights Act.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The President: Lyndon B. Johnson See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,470,979

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,510,151
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Woody Harrelson's late father Charles Harrelson was a Texas hitman who had famously claimed to have killed President Kennedy (he was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a Texas judge), but later admitted that he made up the story. See more »

Goofs

LBJ (Woody Harrelson) is shown carrying a carton of Edy's Ice Cream into the bedroom with packaging that was sold in 2016. The packaging has evolved over the years and would not have been the same in the Sixties. See more »

Quotes

John F. Kennedy: Lyndon, you have more experience and more talent, more wisdom. Unfortunately, this is politics, and none of that matters.
Lyndon B. Johnson: The better man won.
John F. Kennedy: I'm not better. Better-looking, maybe.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Yeah, if I had some of those Kennedy genes...
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Tulip Fever (2017) See more »

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Sons of Thane
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It's All In the Ears
9 November 2017 | by fletcherc21See all my reviews

The first thing you will notice about Woody Harrelson's portrayal of the 36th president are his comically large ears. While President Johnson did have large ears, they were not the distracting dumbo- esque prosthetics shown in the film. This perfectly encapsulates LBJ as a film, focusing on a few surface features and events without ever diving into who Lyndon Baines Johnson really was.

It is certainly odd for a biopic of a president to end a few weeks into his presidency and leaving his greatest accomplishments to be told on the ending title cards. The focus instead was on his vice presidency under Kennedy where he actively undermined the Civil Rights Act that would later be the crowning accomplishment of his presidency.

It is clear that its release was pushed back to distance itself from "All the Way" the other LBJ biopic made by HBO last year. While Woody Harrelson gives a good performance through his prosthetics, it lacks the depth of Bryan Cranston's performance, though the fault is mostly on the script for failing to give him the opportunity. Jennifer Jason Leigh is solid as Lady Bird and Richard Jenkins is good as Senator Dick Russell of Georgia. However Michael Stahl-David was underwhelming as Bobby Kennedy, making him a petty and spiteful character.

All in all, LBJ is an acceptable biopic that doesn't try to do too much, but would be much better if it was farther removed from the superior "All the Way."


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