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The Man (1972)

G  |   |  Drama  |  19 July 1972 (USA)
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When the President and Speaker of the House are killed in a building collapse, and the Vice-President declines the office due to age and ill-health, Senate President pro tempore Douglas ... See full summary »

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Douglass Dilman
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Jim Talley
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Senator Watson
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Noah Calvin
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Arthur Eaton
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Kay Eaton
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Robert Wheeler
Janet MacLachlan ...
Wanda
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Wheeler's Lawyer
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Hugh Gaynor
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South African Consul
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Webson
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Ma Blore
Edward Faulkner ...
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Congressman Hand
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When the President and Speaker of the House are killed in a building collapse, and the Vice-President declines the office due to age and ill-health, Senate President pro tempore Douglas Dilman (James Earl Jones) suddenly becomes the first black man to occupy the Oval Office. The events from that day to the next election when he must decide if he will actually run challenge his skills as a politician and leader. Written by Kevin Lantry

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It took an accident to make this man President of the United States. What they do to him now won't be an accident. See more »

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James Earl Jones was interviewed about portraying a fictional black U.S. president a few days before Barack Obama was sworn in as President. Jones said that he had misgivings about the film, mostly because they were blindsided when the project (which was planned and budgeted as a TV movie) was released in theaters, and he wished that they'd had more time and resources to make a stronger final film. See more »

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30 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The President and Sec. of State are killed when a building collapses, and the Vice President had had a stroke a month earlier, so the Oval office falls to a token black staffmember (played by James Earl Jones). This coincidence seems even more plausible today considering recent terrorism and the health of current Vice President Cheney. Serling's unsentimental script (based on Irving Wallace's book) includes intrigue and plot twists, and the amazing confluence of recognizable character actors under effective direction transcend the usual TV movie standards, making this one of the better TV movies I've ever seen. Put another way, the film doesn't feel dated at all, except for todays increased racial visibility in political offices. The film is also a mirror image of Serling's "Seven days in May," and represents the only way a good guy (a true Washington outsider) could get catapulted to power (except for the Prisoner of Zenda-esque comedy "Dave").

Ironically, while it was probably a sensation to see the portrayal of a black president in the 1970's, today's audiences aren't surprised to see James Earl Jones in the CIA/White House in the Tom Clancy movies.


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