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A people's past, a nation's future, one man's passion.
A serious health scare ignites John Thomas, an insurance salesman in his 50s, to take a closer look at his life... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Charles S. Dutton ... John Thomas

Katt Williams ... MLK

Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Molly Thomas
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kristen Ariza ... Mrs. Kay

Mark Ashworth ... Nigel The Butler

Giselle Bonilla ... Maria Santiago

Bill Lee Brown ... Tank

Reggie Brown ... Barack Obama
Yakira Chambers ... Passerby #3

Angelina Cortez ... The Obama Girl

John Diehl ... Steve Warren

Lauren Evans ... Passerby
Jenny Gago ... Dede Santiago

Richie Gibbs ... Redneck Friend
Daniel Goldston ... Mail Express Man

Meagan Good ... Tamika Jones

Lonnie Henderson ... Sebastian Thomas

Xango Henry ... Duane The Guard
Vernetta Jenkins ... Michele Obama
Wesley Johnathan ... Kalil Thomas
Zab Judah ... Jamel Thomas

Cleo King ... Rebecca Thomas

Julie Lancaster ... Nancy Reilly
Maynor Lopez ... Santiago Family Member
CJ Mac ... Joshua
William Mitchell ... Dr. Mosley

Carlos Moreno Jr. ... Young Latino Man

Ashley Noel ... Karen Thomas
Shanga Parker ... Prison Guard

Emilio Rivera ... Hector Santiago
Shelley Robertson ... Lola Jackson

Bryan Ross ... Joshua Thomas

Jamie Tisdale ... Nicole Reilly

Diego J. Torres ... Luis Santiago (as Diego Torres)

Glynn Turman ... Slim Sugar

Jeremy Ray Valdez ... Hector Santiago Jr.
Adam Waller ... Boxing Spectator
Eric Wright ... Scottie Jackson

Becky Wu ... Asian Store Owner

Directed by
Charles S. Dutton 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles S. Dutton 
Barry Hankerson 
Samuel Z. Jean 
Sidra Smith 
Celeste Walker 

Produced by
Megan Estes .... line producer
Barry Hankerson .... producer
Robert A. Johnson .... producer (as Robert Johnson)
Corey Large .... executive producer
Clayton Moore .... executive producer
Ifeanyi Njoku .... producer
Alan Pao .... executive producer
Harry Smith .... producer
Geno Taylor .... consulting producer
E.J. Wessel .... co-producer
Original Music by
Rick Stone (background score)
Cinematography by
Daniel Pearl 
Film Editing by
Sean Hubbert 
Costume Design by
Kathryn Langston Orindgreff  (as Kathryn Langston)
Makeup Department
David Calhoun .... assistant hair stylist
Terri Carter .... key makeup artist
Dontay Savoy .... hair stylist
Production Management
Kelly Hirano .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Max Berryhill .... second assistant director (as M.C. 'Max' Berryhill)
Vicki Goldsmith .... second second assistant director
Kelly Hirano .... first assistant director
Jason Neudecker .... second assistant director
Art Department
Geoffrey Brown .... assistant art director
Alex Gabel .... on-set dresser
Miguel Garcia .... set dresser
Adam T. Gutierrez .... set dresser
Abigail Potter .... set dresser
Robert Zavala .... propmaker foreperson
Sound Department
Jason Abell .... adr recordist
Jason Abell .... dialogue editor
Jason Abell .... foley artist
Matt D. Hall .... sound effects editor
Michael J. McDonald .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael J. McDonald .... supervising sound editor
Brad Whitcanack .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenny Brown .... camera & steadicam operator
Bruce Hazen .... best boy electric
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gretchen Heisler .... set costumer
Kristen Ochs .... assistant costume designer
Kara Owens .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Jon Berry .... post-production coordinator
Damian Drago .... title design
Michael Eaves .... colorist
Carlos Haynes .... assistant editor
Momo Hsiao .... digital imaging
Randall Lehman .... post-production coordinator
Taylor Mahony .... digital intermediate editor
Alan Pao .... digital intermediate producer
Sebastian Perez-Burchard .... digital intermediate editor
Andreas M. Ratti .... digital imaging
Heather Toll .... digital intermediate producer
Terry Walters .... additional editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Rich Bokides .... location manager: Los Angeles unit
Michael Coulombe .... script supervisor
Youlanda Davis .... stand-in: cleo king
Liz Edwards .... script supervisor
Evan Gonzalez .... production assistant
Russell Griffith .... location scout
Lillian Kho .... assistant: Charles S. Dutton (as Lillian Ng)
Juri Koll .... location scout
Adam Litt .... assistant location manager
J. Brian Miles .... location manager trainee
J. Brian Miles .... location manager
Brian Morrow .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles
Benjamin Todd Nelson .... production assistant
Bruce Resnik .... script supervisor

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and language
USA:85 min

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
No go., 19 July 2012

"The Obama Effect" movie review Errrrfh...... No. After years of dry wit and the straight man to a sillier brother on TV's Roc, Mr. Dutton pretty much solidifies the idea that comedy is not his forte, not even dramatic comedy. His strongest suit are strong, believable characters that show vulnerability in the midst of great obstacles as was the case when he played a Detective in Secret Window, an astronaut in Aliens 3 and a bus driver in Get on the Bus. In this latest movie's attempt at humor, he and the film come across as Goofy, sometimes by nudge nudge design and sadly more often by happen stance. A top rate impersonation of the incumbent President that is helped by slick shadow filming is wasted in this venture. These cameos show what could have been. Dutton spends a bulk of the time in front of the camera as well as behind it, but honestly he is not a leading man. In the aforementioned films where he was utilized best, he was in and out as less is more. Dutton is not the only eye sore. Katt Williams does a minute and thirty second political monologue that falls flat and appears a minute and fifteen seconds too long. There is a cheap and cheesy Boxing subplot that seems tacked on giving the film a definite made for TV feel. Not even a good made for TV feel, but rather one of those fringe low budget cable stations. The premise of a major film that speaks of Barack Obama sounds promising. Pass on this one as this is not it.

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