"All the Way" (TV movie) on HBO is directed by Jay Roach ("Game Change" and "Recount") and written by Robert Schenkkan (Pulitzer Prize winner for "The Kentucky Cycle"; two-time Emmy nominee and Writers Guild Award winner for "The Pacific"), who has adapted his Tony Award-winning play of the same name.

The movie takes a riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson's tumultuous first year in office as he takes the oath in the wake of President Kennedy's assassination, navigates the escalation of the Vietnam War and balances opposing interests to launch his landmark civil rights bill and win election to his first full presidential term.

Bryan Cranston (three-time Emmy winner for "Breaking Bad") will reprise his Tony Award-winning role as President Lyndon B. Johnson. Joining him are Anthony Mackie (portraying Martin Luther King), Melissa Leo (Lady Bird Johnson), Bradley Whitford (Hubert Humphrey), Stephen Root (J. Edgar Hoover), Marque Richardson (Bob Moses), Aisha Hinds (Fanny Lou Hamer), Todd Weeks (Walter Jenkins), Mo McRae (Stokely Carmichael), Spencer Garrett (Walter Reuther) and Frank Langella (Sen. Richard Russell).

In addition to the Tony Award, Schenkkan's play "All the Way" received Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Drama Desk, National Theater Critics and Edward M. Kennedy awards. Bryan Cranston's Broadway debut in "All the Way" brought him Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theater World Awards, as well as a Tony.

Raised in Texas, writer Robert Schenkkan's interest in LBJ goes much deeper than a playwright's search for theatrical fodder. His father knew Johnson when he was a senator and sought his support in creating the first public television and radio station in the Southwest. There are stories of visiting LBJ's ranch, where, on one occasion, the family station wagon was pushed out of a muddy ditch by the man himself. As a young boy, Schenkkan volunteered at Johnson campaign headquarters with his mother and watched his family celebrate Johnson's 1964 win over Barry Goldwater.

That year marked a critical moment in U.S. history. Segregation was being rocked by a strong counter-movement of social justice. Change was no longer just a possibility, but a necessity. A large cast of players, who would do battle and set the stage for this social shift, surrounded Johnson, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Bob Moses, Stokely Carmichael, Sen. Hubert Humphrey, Gov. George Wallace, Sen. Richard Russell, J. Edgar Hoover, Sen. Everett Dirksen and Ralph Abernathy, among others. Strong women such as Lady Bird Johnson and Fannie Lou Hamer made their voices heard and helped to change the course of events.

"All the Way" was not just LBJ's campaign slogan, but also captured the do-or-die mentality of all the players on the political battlefield. To what lengths would they go? What lines — political, legal and moral — were they prepared to cross? And at what cost? Each character in the film wrestles with these questions, and many are surprised by the personal discoveries they make.

"All the Way" is produced for HBO by Amblin Television, Tale Told Productions and Moonshot Entertainment, with Steven Spielberg, Robert Schenkkan, Jay Roach, Bryan Cranston, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey ("Extant," "The Americans") executive producing and James Degus ("Sneaky Pete") co-executive producing.

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Network: HBO
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 120 mins.
Premiere Date: May 21, 2016
Production Companies:
Amblin Television
Tale Told Productions
Moonshot Entertainment

Bryan Cranston Reprises Role for 'All the Way' — Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, Bradley Whitford, Stephen Root, Marque Richardson, Aisha Hinds, Todd Weeks, Mo McRae, Spencer Garrett and Frank Langella also star in the HBO movie based upon the Tony Award-winning play about President Lyndon B. Johnson. Read more...

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