Gary Hart’s movie — The Front Runner — will debut today in theaters. It is the first movie to open on Election Day and is moving up a day from its original release date of Wednesday to capitalize on the energy, momentum and passion surrounding Election Day in the current political climate, according to a press release
Hart, a former Presedential candidate, is a 1954 graduate of Ottawa High School.
The release said the movie will expand on Nov. 16 and again on Nov. 21 in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Front Runner recently made its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival where it received rave reviews and awards season buzz.
Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman stars as Senator Gary Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice (Sara Paxton). Vera Farmiga stars as Lee Hart, J.K. Simmons as Bill Dixon and Alfred Molina as Ben Bradlee.
The Front Runner is written by former political journalist Matt Bai & Jay Carson & Jason Reitman, based on the book “All the Truth is Out” by Bai, and produced by Reitman and Helen Estabrook of Right of Way Films and Aaron L. Gilbert of BRON Studios.