Opening Night
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Orpheum TheaterWed, Oct 12, 2016 7:00 PM Event Date Passed  
Film Info
Release Year:2015
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Rob Reiner
Produced By:Rob Reiner
Matthew George
Liz Glotzer
Trevor White
Tim White
Screenwriter:Joey Hartstone
Cinematography:Barry Markowitz
Editing By:Bob Joyce
After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan), he agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. That all changes on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird (Jennifer Jason Leigh) by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency. As the nation mourns, Johnson must contend with longtime adversary Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Michael Stahl-David) and one-time mentor Georgia Senator Richard Russell (Richard Jenkins) as he seeks to honor JFK’s legacy by championing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Rob Reiner is an actor, director, and activist originally from the Bronx. He studied at UCLA Film School and acted in All in the Family before directing such films as This Is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally..., Misery, and A Few Good Men.