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LBJ is a 2016 American political drama film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Joey Hartstone, whose script was on the 2014 Black List. The film stars Woody Harrelson as the titular President, along with Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Kim Allen, Michael Stahl-David, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey Donovan, Doug McKeon, C. Thomas Howell, and Michael Mosley.

Principal photography on the film began in New Orleans on September 21, 2015, and it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2016. It was released by Electric Entertainment and Vertical Entertainment on November 3, 2017.


The story centers around 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 works to heal a nation and secure his presidency by passing Kennedy's historic Civil Rights Act. His early years are also chronicled.


  • Woody Harrelson as President Lyndon B. Johnson[4]
  • Richard Jenkins as Senator Richard Russell[5]
  • Bill Pullman as Senator Ralph Yarborough[6]
  • Kim Allen as Jacqueline Kennedy[7]
  • Michael Stahl-David as Robert F. Kennedy[8]
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lady Bird Johnson[9]
  • C. Thomas Howell as Walter Jenkins [10]
  • Jeffrey Donovan as John F. Kennedy[11]
  • Doug McKeon as Senator (later Vice President) Hubert Humphrey[12]
  • Michael Mosley as Kenneth O'Donnell[13]
  • Oliver Edwin as Bill Moyers[14]
  • Brent Bailey as Ted Sorensen[15]
  • John Burke as John Connally[15]
  • Brian Stepanek as Rufus Youngblood[15]
  • Rich Sommer as Pierre Salinger[15]
  • Tim Ransom as Larry O'Brien[15]
  • Judd Lormand as Robert McNamara[15]
  • Darrel Guilbeau as Jack Valenti[14]
  • Zack Carter as Agent Jerry Kivett[14]


A political-historical drama LBJ, written by Joey Hartstone, appeared on the winners of 2014 un-produced Black List screenplays.[16] On June 16, 2015, Woody Harrelson signed on to play the lead role of 36th President Lyndon B. Johnson while Rob Reiner also signed on to direct the film.[4] The film was produced by Acacia Entertainment, Savvy Media Holdings, Castle Rock Entertainment, and Star Thrower Entertainment, and financed by Acacia, Savvy Media.[4] Producers on the film are Matthew George, Reiner, Liz Glotzer, Tim and Trevor White.[4]


Principal photography on the film began in New Orleans on September 21, 2015.[17] It also shot in Baton Rouge, Dallas, and Washington. Principal photography wrapped in December 2015.[4][15][18]


The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2016.[19][20] Shortly after, Electric Entertainment and Vertical Entertainment acquired distribution rights to the film.[21][22] It was released on November 3, 2017.[23] It debuted to $1.1 million, finishing 14th at the box office.[24]

Critical response

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 54% based on 71 reviews, with an average rating of 5.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "LBJ loses sight of its complicated subject, ignoring the more intriguing aspects of his personality and career in favor of a frustratingly ordinary biopic treatment."[25] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score 54 out of 100, based 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[26]

David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film a C, and said "Harrelson, who has a gift for squeezing charm out of even his most monstrous characters, leans hard into the contradictory notion that Johnson is a power-hungry humanist. The result is a performance that is both wildly ridiculous and appreciably grounded ... Harrelson’s turn seizes on his unique charisma in order to disentangle LBJ from the policies that have defined his legacy."[27]

TVOvermind critic Nat Berman gave the film a positive review and praised Reiner's cast selection.[28]





  1. Jackie cost $9 million[2] and The A.V. Club cites it at a quarter of this film's budget (9×4=36).[3]


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  2. Thompson, Anne (September 12, 2016). "How TIFF 2016 Rocked The Oscar Race: Why ‘Moonlight’ Glows, ‘Birth’ Struggles, and More Revelations".. IndieWire. Retrieved on September 12, 2016.
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  5. "Richard Jenkins Joins Woody Harrelson's Lyndon Johnson Movie 'LBJ'", Variety (July 22, 2015). Retrieved on August 23, 2015. 
  6. "Bill Pullman Elected To Join Rob Reiner’s 'LBJ'", Deadline.com (July 27, 2015). Retrieved on August 23, 2015. 
  7. "'LBJ' Finds Its Jackie In Relative Newcomer Kim Allen", Deadline.com (August 19, 2015). Retrieved on August 23, 2015. 
  8. "Michael Stahl-David Cast as Bobby Kennedy in Rob Reiner’s 'LBJ'", variety.com (September 9, 2015). Retrieved on September 21, 2015. 
  9. "Jennifer Jason Leigh To Portray Lady Bird Johnson in Rob Reiner’s 'LBJ'", Deadline.com (September 14, 2015). Retrieved on September 21, 2015. 
  10. "Pop culture: C. Thomas Howell recalls 'Outsiders' mania during Tulsa filming". tulsaworld.com. Tulsa World (October 19, 2015).
  11. "Jeffrey Donovan Portraying JFK in Rob Reiner’s 'LBJ'", variety.com (September 15, 2015). Retrieved on September 21, 2015. 
  12. "Pooch Hall Knows ‘A Dog’s Purpose’, Doug McKeon Joins LBJ", Deadline.com (September 18, 2015). Retrieved on September 21, 2015. 
  13. "‘Sirens’ Star Michael Mosley Joins Rob Reiner’s 'LBJ'", variety.com (September 17, 2015). Retrieved on September 21, 2015. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "LBJ: Full cast & credits". imdb.com. Retrieved on 22 January 2016.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 "Allison Tolman, Michaela Watkins Join Will Ferrel-Amy Poehler Comedy; LBJ Packs Cast As Production Starts", Deadline.com (September 21, 2015). Retrieved on September 22, 2015. 
  16. "'Catherine the Great' Leads The Blacklist 2014: Full List — Update", Deadline.com (December 15, 2014). Retrieved on June 22, 2015. 
  17. "Rob Reiner's 'LBJ' begins shooting in New Orleans, with Woody Harrelson starring", nola.com (September 22, 2015). Retrieved on September 23, 2015. 
  18. "Woody Harrelson’s 'LBJ' Funeral Scene Casting Call in New Orleans", projectcasting.com (September 15, 2015). Retrieved on September 21, 2015. 
  19. "Toronto To Open With ‘The Magnificent Seven’; ‘La La Land’, ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Among Galas & Presentations". (July 26, 2016). Retrieved on July 26, 2016.
  20. Owen Gleiberman (2016-05-11). "'LBJ' Review From Toronto: Woody Harrelson in Rob Reiner’s Biopic".. Variety. Retrieved on 2016-09-16.
  21. "Electric Entertainment, Global Pictures Media team on Rob Reiner's 'LBJ'"..
  22. "LBJ". Vertical Entertainment. Retrieved on November 4, 2017.
  23. Brooks, Brian (November 2, 2017). "Rob Reiner’s ‘LBJ’ On Ticket; ‘Last Flag Flying’, ‘Lady Bird’ Bow – Specialty B.O. Preview". Deadline.com. Retrieved on November 4, 2017.
  24. Anthony D'Alessandro. "'Thor: Ragnarok’ Flexes His Box Office Muscles To $120M-$122M Opening – Early Sunday AM Update".. Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  25. "LBJ (2017)".. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on November 4, 2017.
  26. "LBJ reviews".. Metacritic. Retrieved on November 3, 2017.
  27. David Ehrlich (September 16, 2016). "Woody Harrelson’s Hammy Performance Almost Makes ‘LBJ’ Worth Endorsing — TIFF Review".. IndieWire. Retrieved on August 18, 2017.
  28. "Rob Reiner Directed Film "LBJ" Has an Awfully Impressive Cast". (18 September 2017).

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