LBJ: The Early Years reveals the charm, the shrewdness and the temper of one of the most unexpected presidents in United States history. Lyndon Johnson (Randy Quaid) was a political force of nature, from his Texas upbringing to his sudden presidency. Starting as a congressional aide, he maneuvers his way through the Washington DC hierarchy. First, he scores a Senate seat, then the vice presidency and then the Oval Office, all with the dogged support of his colorful wife Lady Bird (Patti Lupone). This 1987 biographical drama, directed by Peter Werner, shows both the light and dark sides of this complex personality that pushed for civil rights, while lacking the diplomatic skills to suffer fools gladly. The story also highlights the contentious relationship between LBJ and President John F. Kennedy (Charles Frank) and the ongoing suspicions raised by his assassination. Randy Quaid won a Golden Globe for his textured, authentic performance, complete with explosive temper tantrums and magnificent charm.