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The Man (1972)

 -  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
Simon Scott ...
Hugh Gaynor
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South African Consul
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Webson
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Ma Blore
Edward Faulkner ...
Secret Service Man
Gilbert Green ...
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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The First Black President of the United States. First They Swore Him In. Then They Swore to Get Him. See more »

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Originally made for television, but released theatrically instead. See more »

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Please get the story straight
27 October 2001 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

The premise of this film is about a man appointed to be President under unusual circumstance. The current President and Speaker of the House tour a building in Europe, which colapses and kills them both, the vice-president is ill and can't fullfill the office.

The Presidency falls to a surprizing fourth in line.

It's a great story and I don't understand why it isn't on video yet.

The only small flaw is that it is time dated with the premise of Apartied in South Africa. Everyone write to the studio and get them to put it out on video. It has appeared on TV but they cut it to ribbons and destroy the continuity. -ARBY


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