Truman (1995)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  9 September 1995 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boss Tom Pendergast
Frank Vassar
Virginia Capers ...
Elizabeth Moore
Bob Hannegan
Eddie Jacobson
Lt. Jim Pendergast
Remak Ramsay ...
Dean Acheson (as Remak Ramsey)


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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A Simple Man. A Legendary President. See more »


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some war footage | See all certifications »




Release Date:

9 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Truman - Der Mann, der Geschichte schrieb  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


In the WWI segment, when Truman and his men have called for a successful artillery strike against an enemy position, the men are cheering and we can clearly hear one of them shouting "Alright!" It was not until the 1970s that people began using the word "alright' by itself as a cheer or as an exclamation of satisfaction. See more »


Bess Truman: [the Trumans have just moved into the White House] It's gonna take a lot of Bon Ami to make this place livable.
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Referenced in Frasier: High Crane Drifter (1996) See more »


Voi che sapete
from "Le nozze di Figaro"
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
Performed by Margaret Truman
Courtesy of Edward Roche
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Gripping and enthralling 'biopic'
28 January 2002 | by (Surrey, England) – See all my reviews

Based on David McCullough's weighty biography of Harry S Truman, this film is a fascinating and gripping 'biopic'. By refusing to resort either to simple hagiography or revisionist 'debunking', Frank Pierson has directed an excellent account of Truman's road to and period in the White House. He lets characters and events speak for themselves rather than imposing on them some wayward, overly-personal, directorial interpretation (who knows what Oliver Stone would have made of this one). In an age when all politicians, whatever their merits, are usually the targets of ridicule, it was interesting to watch a film which portrayed the difficult, if not impossible, decisions with which political leaders are routinely faced (the use of the Atomic Bomb, the Korean War and recognition of the state of Israel were just some of problems with which Truman had to grapple). Of course, the director's job was made a great deal easier by an excellent cast and flawless acting. 'Acting' is not really an accurate or adequate way to describe Gary Sinise's portrayal of the former President and the word 'performance' suggests impersonation - on the contrary, he seems simply to have 'become' Harry Truman for the duration of the film.

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