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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 ... 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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Fate thrust him into the biggest job in the world...President of the United States. Now he wonders if he's big enough to do it. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

G
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Douglass Dilman: When you justify murder in the name of morality, you've done nothing but murder your morality.
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Connections

Referenced in Isn't It Shocking? (1973) See more »

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Please get the story straight
27 October 2001 | by ricboyd2See all my reviews

The premise of this film is about a man appointed to be President under unusual circumstance. The current President and Speaker of the House tour a building in Europe, which colapses and kills them both, the vice-president is ill and can't fullfill the office.

The Presidency falls to a surprizing fourth in line.

It's a great story and I don't understand why it isn't on video yet.

The only small flaw is that it is time dated with the premise of Apartied in South Africa. Everyone write to the studio and get them to put it out on video. It has appeared on TV but they cut it to ribbons and destroy the continuity. -ARBY


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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