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The Man (1972)

G | | Drama | 19 July 1972 (USA)
An African-American senator becomes the designated survivor of a tragic accident that kills the President of the United States. Now the first black President, he attempts to end the bigotry and divide standing in his way.

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writers:

Irving Wallace (novel), Rod Serling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Earl Jones ... Douglass Dilman
Martin Balsam ... Jim Talley
Burgess Meredith ... Senator Watson
Lew Ayres ... Noah Calvin
William Windom ... Arthur Eaton
Barbara Rush ... Kay Eaton
Georg Stanford Brown ... Robert Wheeler
Janet MacLachlan ... Wanda
Martin E. Brooks ... Wheeler's Lawyer (as Martin Brooks)
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Hugh Gaynor
Patric Knowles ... South African Consul
Robert DoQui ... Webson
Anne Seymour ... Ma Blore
Edward Faulkner ... Secret Service Man
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... Congressman Hand
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Storyline

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. Written by Kevin Lantry

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The First Black President of the United States. First They Swore Him In. Then They Swore to Get Him. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La loi de succession See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was originally announced for Sidney Poitier in 1965. See more »

Quotes

Wanda: How are you, Dad?
Douglass Dilman: Numb! Numbness being a, er, defence mechanism.
Wanda: Against what?
Douglass Dilman: Against... against breaking into small pieces. They flew you here? From Ohio?
Wanda: On an Air Force jet, no less. Two Secret Servicemen came right into my dorm and got me.
Douglass Dilman: What's known as the long arm of Government!
Douglass Dilman: It's nice to have you in the nation's capital for something other than a protest march.
Wanda: Well, I guess I'll have to cool that sort of thing for a while.
Douglass Dilman: I think maybe so. You are now a member of the nation's ...
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A Profound Film with a Profound Message
12 July 2004 | by celestrSee all my reviews

As an African-American educator, I found this movie to be an extraordinary one. I hope to find a copy to show to my students who will participate in this year's Multicultural Career Institute, which is in its 13th year on our university campus. Situated in the Midwest, only 10 percent of the university's 22,000 students are students of color. The majority of the students come from small to large farming communities where few, and far too often, no persons of color live. One of the biggest fears that white America has always harbored is the insane notion that 1) only whites can lead this country and 2) if a person of color is elected to a high-ranking position, then white America will find itself the recipient of vengeance and payback for slavery, racism, etc. This film disputes these notions and allows the viewer to understand America in its truest form.


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