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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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Are you tired of only wondering about this?.....
19 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

.....then by all means let me know directly at the above e-mail address so that I may arrange for a copy for you. An outstanding undiscovered classic originally made for TV, but whose controversial content resulted in a theatrical release at the 11th hour. James Earl Jones has never been better, nor has Rod Serling's writing, proving he was just as much a genius working outside of the fantasy milieu (as though he hadn't already demonstrated that with "Requiem for a Heavyweight," etc.). Burgess Meredith excels as a white supremacist trying to stymie the new prez at every turn, and Janet MacLachlan is very good as the concerned daughter whose natural opposition to the Oval Office has her torn over her dad's new presence there.


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