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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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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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Biography | Drama

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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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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

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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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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