R | | Biography, Drama
Lyndon Baines Johnson aligns himself with Jack Kennedy, rises to the presidency, and deals with the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2014 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
Senator Richard Russell:
Those Harvard boys not gonna tell us how to run the state of Georgia.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Of course not. But the Kennedys did get elected by appealing to the colored man. Now, if we play this right, we're gonna have those nigras voting Democrat the next 200 years.
When LBJ walks into the Oval Office for the first time after JFK's materials have been removed and replaced with his own, Johnson puts his hand on a bronze bust of JFK. That version of the bust was sculpted by Leo Cherne in 1964--after the time period depicted in this movie. A bust of JFK was presented to the White House in March 1962. It was somewhat larger, it included both Kennedy's head and his shoulders, it was gold in color, and it bore a gold-colored medallion on a sculpted wooden base.
$2,470,979 (USA) (21 December 2017)