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Give 'em Hell, Harry! (1975)

One man show about the presidency of Harry S Truman.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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One man show about the presidency of Harry S Truman.

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James Whitmore is as of 2013, the only actor ever nominated for an Oscar for a one-man film. See more »

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Harry S Truman: And finally, Margaret, to be a good president I fear that a man cannot be his own mentor. He cannot live the sermon on the mountain, he has to be a Machiavelli, a Caesar, a Borgia, an anctuous religio, a liar. A what-not to be successful so I probably won't be. But I'm having a lot of fun trying the opposite approach. Maybe it'll win. Lots of love, dad.
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The Missouri Waltz
Composed by Frederick Knight Logan (uncredited)
Played by Pearl Kaufman
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Whitmore's performance is exceptional.
3 July 2000 | by (Renton, WA) – See all my reviews

A filmed version of a one-man stage play (filmed before a live audience), James Whitmore's Oscar-nominated performance is a rare treasure. As Truman, Whitmore gives rapid-fire comments on the highlights of an exceptional politician's career. Truman explains his justification for dropping the atomic bomb at the end of World War II, and his reasons for firing General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War. He talks of his wife, Bess (whom he refers to as "the Boss"), his home in Missouri, and his early days as a soldier in World War I, and a county commissioner in Kansas City. He offers us his views of Truman's contemporaries, both good (Winston Churchill, George C. Marshall) and bad (Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon). Whitmore is a joy to watch. If you can find this rare film it is well worth seeing.


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