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Wilson (1944)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama, History | August 1945 (USA)
A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson.

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The political career of Woodrow Wilson is chronicled, beginning with his decision to leave his post at Princeton to run for Governor of New Jersey, and his subsequent ascent to the Presidency of the United States. During his terms in office, Wilson must deal with the death of his first wife, the onslaught of German hostilities leading to American involvement in the Great War, and his own country's reticence to join the League of Nations. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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August 1945 (USA)  »

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Darryl F. Zanuck's Wilson  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,000,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film cost a then gargantuan $5 million to produce, an insane amount of money to spend on such a box office risk. (It actually cost more than Gone with the Wind (1939).) Consequently, it was known in the trade as "Zanuck's Folly". See more »

Goofs

When Ike Hoover, the White House head usher, tells the Wilsons upon their arrival, "We'll take the elevator up," the character's voice has clearly been looped over by another actor and is not that of the actor portraying Hoover, Roy Roberts. See more »

Quotes

Woodrow Wilson: Well, Mrs. President...
Edith Bolling Galt: Woodrow!
Woodrow Wilson: What's on tap for today?
Edith Bolling Galt: [smiling] Don't you dare to call me that.
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Pretty Good Biopic
6 October 2002 | by (Columbia, South Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this film on cable, and I was surprised by how much I liked it and how good it was. Wilson is portrayed by Alexander Knox as a prickly sort who is much easier to admire than like. He was a brilliant man but ultimately a naif, outfoxed and outgunned in Europe by the likes of Clemenceau and at home by the likes of Lodge. The films only flaw is that it lets Wilson go on too long with his preachy rhetoric, but this can be forgiven because, after all, it was made and released during wartime. Well worth seeing.

Rating: 8/10


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