Film: The man who would never be president

The Front Runner, Jason Reitman’s new film about the scandal that engulfed American presidential candidate Gary Hart in the late 1980s, seems almost cute and quaint in comparison to the hellscape we currently inhabit

13th January, 2019
Hugh Jackman in The Front Runner

Hart (Hugh Jackman), a senator from the blue-collar, rural state of Colorado, was the great Democratic hope for 1988; a handsome straight-shooter in blue jeans and flannel shirts whose connection with ordinary voters was as telegenic as his haircut. He had sensible, practical policies on taxation, education and foreign affairs, a common sense approach that extended to his marriage. Hart and his wife Lee (Vera Farmiga) had an understanding of sorts: he could indulge in...

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