Though considered unqualified, Harry S. Truman becomes the 33rd president following the April 1945 death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from small-town nobody to leader of the USA, his decision to use the Atomic Bomb against Japan, and subsequent election as the US' post-war President. Written by Rob Hartill

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It Took A Farmer's Hands To Shape A Nation See more »

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Rated PG for language and some war footage | See all certifications »
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9 September 1995 (USA)  »

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Truman - Der Mann, der Geschichte schrieb  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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The scenes of Truman's election night were filmed exactly where Harry Truman spent his election night. Truman went to bed on election night with reports predicting his defeat by Dewey at the Elm's Hotel Resort and Spa in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, USA. See more »

Goofs

In 1944, General Marshall's uniform displays both the World War II Victory Medal and a combat star to the Combat Infantryman Badge (denoting two awards of the decoration). Neither of these decorations were introduced until after the end of the Second World War. General Marshall himself was also never a recipient of the Combat Infantryman Badge, which was only awarded for front line combat duty. See more »

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Harry S. Truman: Charlie, Bess thinks you'd make a hell of a press secretary.
Charlie Ross: Oh, Jesus, no, Harry.
Harry S. Truman: Oh, you can't say no to Bess. I'm appointing Frank here secretary.
Frank Vassar: Secretary of what?
Harry S. Truman: Just secretary. Franklin's staff all look at me like a skunk at a wedding. I need some Missouri around me real quick.
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Missouri Waltz
by J.R. Shannon (as James R. Shannon) and Frederick Knight Logan
Published by Forster Music Publisher, Inc.
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Gary Sinise=Truman
8 August 2003 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

I knew that I was going to be interested in this film from the beginning, having read and enjoyed David McCullough's book of the same name. What I wasn't expecting was the incredible performance turned out by Gary Sinise as Truman. While I thought that he was the *only* good thing about the film Forrest Gump, I still wasn't completely sold on his acting ability. This film changed my mind, because I felt like I was watching Truman himself in action. I can't even fathom the amount of research he must have put into his role, but he was amazing.

As for the film itself, it was very well done, used stock footage well (although I would swear that I caught a glimpse of FDR in some footage after he had supposedly died) and was a good overview of the very lengthy source it came from. Having read the book, I would have liked to have seen the film act as more of a thesis than a summary, so while adding another hour may have alienated some in terms of length; it would have provided a more in-depth portrayal of a sometimes underrated president.

--Shelly


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