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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
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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Storyline

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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19 July 1972 (USA)  »

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O Presidente Negro  »

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Originally made for television, but released theatrically instead.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

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Referenced in Isn't It Shocking? (1973) See more »

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TV MOVIE?--I don't think so....
19 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was indeed an excellent movie, but I remember seeing it on the big screen, I am quite sure it is not a "TV movie" as several others have said here. I am sure many know it only from the TV broadcasts, as its theatrical distribution was probably not widespread. Take a look at the movie poster on this page (have you seen that many movie posters for TV movies??!!), and make your own judgment. Jones is indeed superb, and though the premise is somewhat far-fetched, it is not important, because the drama remains. An important period piece of its time. I remember the performances and the cinematography to have been excellent also. PLEASE get this out on DVD ASAP! Great flick!


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