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All the Way (2016)

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Lyndon B. Johnson becomes the President of the United States in the chaotic aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination and spends his first year in office fighting to pass the Civil Rights Act.


Jay Roach


Robert Schenkkan (screenplay), Robert Schenkkan (play)
3,319 ( 281)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Lyndon B. Johnson
Anthony Mackie ... Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Melissa Leo ... Lady Bird Johnson
Frank Langella ... Senator Richard Russell
Bradley Whitford ... Senator Hubert Humphrey
Stephen Root ... J. Edgar Hoover
Todd Weeks ... Walter Jenkins
Ray Wise ... Senator Everett Dirksen
Ken Jenkins ... Rep. 'Judge' Smith
Dohn Norwood ... Ralph Abernathy
Mo McRae ... Stokely Carmichael
Marque Richardson ... Bob Moses
Aisha Hinds ... Fannie Lou Hamer
Joe Morton ... Roy Wilkins
Eric Pumphrey ... David Dennis


November 22, 1963. President John F. Kennedy has just been assassinated and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson is now President. One of his first acts as President is to reaffirm the US government's intention to pass the Civil Rights Act. This Act was drafted while JFK was in office and gives people of all races the same rights, including voting rights, access to education and access to public facilities. However, he faces strong opposition to the bill, especially from within his own party. He will have to use all his political will and cunning to get it through. Written by grantss

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Politics is war.


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One of two Bryan Cranston films in the same year that have connections to LBJ, the other one being Cranston's part as the title character in Wakefield (2016) who is shown reading a book about President Johnson. See more »


In the first scene of the film, LBJ is seen asking Mrs. Johnson if she called Rose Kennedy.

In fact both Mrs. Johnson and LBJ called and spoke to Rose Kennedy during that flight. The recording of this conversation is available publicly. See more »


Lady Bird Johnson: Would you like some more gravy?
Sen. Richard Russell: Oh, Lady Bird, it was delicious, but I just couldn't possibly, no. Thank you.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Hey, what about me? Aren't you going to offer me any more gravy?
Lady Bird Johnson: Oh, honey, I'd like to, but I can't.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Bird's got me on a diet. Got Zephyr there in kitchen weighing my plates for every meal. Ridiculous!
Sen. Richard Russell: [Snarling] Your wife doesn't want you to get too big for your britches. An entirely understandable concern.
Lady Bird Johnson: [as Johnson smiles smugly, Lady Bird leaves the room] I think I'll see how Zephyr ...
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Performace led by Hollis Watkins
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A career-defining performance from Bryan Cranston.
13 July 2016 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Looking every inch the physical personification of the character he's playing Bryan Cranston gives a magnificent, career-defining performance as LBJ in Jay Roach's superb television movie "All the Way" which deals with Johnson's first year in office and the problems he encountered when dealing with civil rights as well as his own campaign for re-election. In the role of Martin Luther King, Anthony Mackie is a tad too cool, (Mackie's blandness as an actor is certainly in evidence), but Melissa Leo is a highly credible Ladybird, Frank Langella a superb Richard Russell and Stephen Root a perfect J. Edgar Hoover. The brilliant script is by Robert Schenkkan from his own play.

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21 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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