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Head of State (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 28 March 2003 (USA)
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

One candidate for the presidency dies in an accident a couple of weeks before the election. Meanwhile the alderman Mays Gilliam becomes a hero when he rescues a woman and her cat from an old house that would blow up. However his fiancee Kim does not pay his bills and dumps him, and Gilliam loses everything including his fancy car. When Senator Bill Arnot sees the news on television, he plots a scheme with the party advisors Martin Geller and Debra Lassiter to invite Mays to be the party nominee and lose the election for the other candidate, Vice-President Brian Lewis. Four years later, he would be the candidate and would have the chance of winning the election. Mays has a terrible beginning of campaign but when his older brother Mitch Gilliam meets him in Chicago, he advises Mays to be himself. Will he have the chance to be the first African American President of the USA? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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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28 March 2003 (USA)  »

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Chef de l'état  »

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Budget:

$35,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,503,484 (USA) (30 March 2003)

Gross:

$37,788,228 (USA) (8 June 2003)
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Trivia

Part of the presidential debate is a verbatim repeat of Monty Python's Argument Sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Money Programme (1972). See more »

Goofs

When Gilliam is walking on the sidewalk when the car is about to pick him up, the sprinklers that are producing the rain are visible on the other side of the street. See more »

Quotes

Little girl: If I see Mays Gilliam I'm gonna bust a cap in his ass.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tracy Morgan (2004) See more »

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Too Hot to Stop (Part 1)
Written by James Alexander, Charles Allen, Michael Edward Beard (as Michael Beard), Larry Charles Dodson (as Larry Dodson), Fred Freeman, Harvey Joe Henderson (as Harvey Henderson), Harry Nehls, Lloyd Ed Smith (as Lloyd Smith), Winston Allen Stewart (as Winston Stewart) & Frank C. Thompson (as Frank Thompson)
Performed by The Bar-Kays
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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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