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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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Comedy

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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) (28 March 2003)

Gross:

$37,788,228 (USA) (6 June 2003)
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Tina Fey was one of the five uncredited writers who did a re-write on the screenplay. See more »

Goofs

When Mays promises to drive Mr. Hawkins to work if the bus line gets shut down, the clock on the wall is stopped. See more »

Quotes

Debra Lassiter: That's exactly what we wanted to talk to you about.
Martin Geller: We'd like you to run for President.
Mays Gilliam: Of what?
Martin Geller: The United States.
Mays Gilliam: Of what?
Martin Geller: Of America.
Mays Gilliam: Which America?
Debra Lassiter: NORTH... America, Mays.
Mays Gilliam: Get out of here.
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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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'03 Bonnie & Clyde
Written by Jay Z (as Shawn Carter), Darryl Harper, Kanye West, Tyrone Wrice, Ricky Rouse, Tupac Shakur & Prince
Performed by Jay Z featuring Beyoncé Knowles
Courtesy of Roc-a-Fella Records/Def Jam Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Beyoncé Knowles appears courtesy of Columbia Records
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Funnier than expected.
3 August 2003 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

I've always thought that Chris Rock is a genius when it comes to stand-up, but the movies he's played the leading role in, for some reason, haven't been that good. The jokes have been copied off his stand up routine and the script has be so so.

But this one is different. It was actually very funny. I had a good gutlaugh several times and the movie made a pretty good point, too.

Both Chris Rock and Bernie Mac did a good job in this one. If you like Chris Rock's and Bernie Mac's stand up, I'd advice you to watch this.


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