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Hail (1973)

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Dan Resin ...
The President
Richard B. Shull ...
Secretary of Health
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Attorney General
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Rev. Jimmy Williams
Pat Ripley ...
First Lady (as Patricia Ripley)
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Tom Goodman
Willard Waterman ...
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Mrs. Burd
Constance Forslund ...
Sara Burd
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Michael Moloney
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The Professor
Ellen Faison
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A presidential advisor discovers that the President has assembled a secret army of vigilantes to suppress dissent and is setting up concentration camps in which to imprison protesters, hippies and other "social undesirables." Written by Anonymous

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He was only President of the United States. But he planned to work his way up.

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8 February 1974 (Finland)  »

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Hail to the Chief  »

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Lyrics by John Newton
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The most brilliant political satire you've never seen.
13 March 2003 | by (Elgin, IL) – See all my reviews

Hail is a scathing political satire about a presidential administration gone mad with power and paranoia. A Nixon-type president becomes involved in political assassinations and establishing detention camps for "subversives" for the good of the nation. Richard Shull is brilliant as the Secretary of HEW and the president's most confidential advisor. Many other familiar faces appear here: Dick O'Neill (Barney Miller), Phil Foster (Laverne & Shirley), and Gary Sandy (WKRP in Cincinnati). I've watched this film again as the US is preparing for war in Iraq (3/03). Amazing connections to real life appear in this film. For instance: blaming the "liberal media" for dissent and detaining "undesireables" without due process. Leaning close to heavy handed at times, Hail nonetheless makes its point in a hilarious and chilling way. Hunt this one down.


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