When the President and Speaker of the House are killed in a building collapse, and the Vice-President declines the office due to age and ill-health, Senate President pro tempore Douglas Dilman (James Earl Jones) suddenly becomes the first black man to occupy the Oval Office. The events from that day to the next election when he must decide if he will actually run challenge his skills as a politician and leader.
The First Black President of the United States. First They Swore Him In. Then They Swore to Get Him.
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Originally made for television, but released theatrically instead. A "Publisher's Weekly" article from 1972 claimed that the decision was due to the quality of the film, but contemporary sources claimed that the controversial elements scared off potential sponsors. See more
When you justify murder in the name of morality, you've done nothing but murder your morality.
Referenced in Isn't It Shocking?