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


Rob Reiner


Joey Hartstone (screenplay)
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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


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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Two cast members from the AMC series 'Mad Men' played in LBJ. Rich Sommers and Bryan Batt. See more »


At approximately 41:24 into the movie, you can visibly see that Agent Youngblood's pants have split down the rear. See more »


Lyndon B. Johnson: You know, this could be your lucky day. You might be able to vote your conscience on the Farm Bill.
Senator Ralph Yarborough: I like to think that is the only way that I ever vote.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Spoken like a true one-term senator.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Tulip Fever (2017) See more »


Sons of Thane
Written by John Knowles
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Woody Harrelson is excellent
31 May 2018 | by promasallcSee all my reviews

I was truly mesmerized watching this. They expertly compacted the LBJ presidency and LBJ as an iconic American into a film length piece. Not enough superlatives to describe Woody Harrelson as LBJ, definitely my favorite portrayal. Some of the other casting wasn't as great. Bill Pullman as Yarborough was squirmish and uncomfortable. Jackie Kennedy was completely forgettable. Bryan Batt and Rich Sommer had such short spots, and would have liked to have seen more of them.

The overall theme of the film was LBJ as the workhorse vs. Kennedy as the visionary. LBJ realizing his purpose was to enact Kennedy's social agenda, which he massaged expertly during his short administration. LBJs ability to persuade and massage support for legislation is genius, and Woody Harrelson nailed the portrayal.

If you have watched other LBJ films or documentaries, or read the biography by Doris Kearn Goodwin, add this to the top of your list. Very thought proving film.

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Release Date:

3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,110,565, 5 November 2017

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