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Give 'em Hell, Harry! (1975)

PG  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  18 September 1975 (USA)
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One man show about the presidency of Harry S Truman.

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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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what a wonderful time
21 October 2001 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I have always loved history especially history regarding US Presidents. I think that next to Abraham Lincoln, Harry Truman was our greatest president. This man is the only President of the 20th century who never went to college and yet this common man touched greatness. James Whitmore truly does him justice, I read that Margaret Truman saw his performance and said "my God that is my dad!". I think that Hal Holbrook was the actor who started the great tradition of "one man shows" with his great portrayal of Mark Twain, many have done it since but Whitmore is the best. You get a great history lesson here as Truman talks about his life on the farm, his experiences in WWII, his rise in Missouri politics, his vice presidency and finally becoming President. You think you really are listening to Harry when he talks about dropping the bomb, the 1948 election against Dewey and his firing of MacArthur. This film is a delight from start to finish and I think it should be shown to every child to show him about what a great man Truman was!


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