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Head of State (2003)

 -  Comedy  -  28 March 2003 (USA)
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When a presidential candidate dies unexpectedly in the middle of the campaign, Washington, D.C. alderman, Mays Gilliam is unexpectedly picked as his replacement.

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Storyline

Mays Gilliam, a Washington D.C. neighborhood Alderman, is about to be red-lined out of his job. But after the untimely death of the party frontrunner, Gilliam is plucked from obscurity, and thrust into the limelight as his party's nominee--for President of the United States. The players in Gilliam's life include: Mitch Gilliam, his unsophisticated older brother who becomes his running mate; Kim, his ex-girlfriend who had once dumped him, but who now has a sudden change of heart as she sees a chance at becoming First Lady; Martin Geller, his campaign manager; Lisa Clark, the woman who truly believes in Gilliam; and Debra Lassiter, the woman who doesn't have faith in his candidacy, and is serving as his reluctant advisor. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The only thing white is the house.

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Rated PG-13 for language, some sexuality and drug references | See all certifications »
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Chef de l'état  »

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$13,503,484 (USA) (28 March 2003)

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$37,788,228 (USA) (6 June 2003)
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Trivia

The main character's name Mays Gilliam is a combination of two famous New York baseball players from the 1950s: Willie Mays of the New York Giants and Junior Gilliam of the Brooklyn Dodgers. See more »

Goofs

When the Gaines for President bus rolls through the Midwest, with the light behind it, you can see that the bus is empty. See more »

Quotes

Mitch Gilliam: You gotta dress for the job you want, not the job you got.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, it lists many famous politicians, then in parenthesis it says "(Are not in this movie)". See more »

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Hot in Herre
Written by Nelly (as Cornell Haynes), Chuck Brown & Pharrell Williams (as Pharrell L. Williams)
Performed by Nelly
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Very funny and deeply satirical.
28 March 2003 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

This was just what the doctor ordered. At a time when I want to be critical of the government as well as be entertained, this was the film. The story is basically "Rocky" if he had run for president instead, but that doesn't detract from the laughs. All the performances have a high pitched feeling of Rock himself. Several bits that tap into his unique stand up presence as well. I recommend this film highly.


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