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Though considered unqualified, Harry S. Truman becomes the 33rd president following the April 1945 death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Director:

Frank Pierson

Writers:

David McCullough (book), Thomas Rickman (teleplay) (as Tom Rickman)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Sinise ... Harry S. Truman
Diana Scarwid ... Bess Truman
Richard Dysart ... Henry L. Stimson
Colm Feore ... Charlie Ross
James Gammon ... Sam Rayburn
Tony Goldwyn ... Clark Clifford
Pat Hingle ... Boss Tom Pendergast
Harris Yulin ... General George Marshall
Leo Burmester ... Frank Vassar
Amelia Campbell ... Margaret Truman
Virginia Capers ... Elizabeth Moore
John Finn ... Bob Hannegan
Zeljko Ivanek ... Eddie Jacobson
David Lansbury ... Lt. Jim Pendergast
Remak Ramsay Remak Ramsay ... Dean Acheson (as Remak Ramsey)
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Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from small-town nobody to leader of the USA, his decision to use the Atomic Bomb against Japan, and subsequent election as the US' post-war President. Written by Rob Hartill

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It Took A Farmer's Hands To Shape A Nation See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some war footage | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Truman - Der Mann, der Geschichte schrieb See more »

Filming Locations:

Independence, Missouri, USA See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The cast includes two actors who portrayed J. Edgar Hoover in other films. Richard Dysart played Hoover in Panther (1995) while Pat Hingle played him in Citizen Cohn (1992). See more »

Goofs

Where General Marshall and President Truman are talking on the lawn in Potsdam, part of Marshall's lapel brass includes crossed rifles, which indicates the wearer belongs to the infantry. General officers do not have a branch of service or wear lapel brass indicating such. The Chief of Staff, however, does wear a star-shaped device on his lapels indicating his office. The Marshall character should have been wearing these. See more »

Quotes

[Upon taking the presidential office after Roosevelt's unexpected death]
Harry S. Truman: I don't know if any of you have had a bale of hay fall on you. Well, I feel like the sun, the stars and all the planets just fell on me. Don't expect too much of me.
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Soundtracks

Missouri Waltz
by J.R. Shannon (as James R. Shannon) and Frederick Knight Logan
Published by Forster Music Publisher, Inc.
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A Little Touch of Harry . . .
14 August 2008 | by jamesashfordSee all my reviews

In 1963 I was about to leave a graduate program in political science at Cornell to return to California and enter law school. In an attempt to get me to come back to Ithaca, my faculty adviser, Clinton Rossiter, suggested that on the way home I pass through Independence, Missouri, and spend some time at the Truman Library, on Cornell's dime. "Why don't you write the President?" said Rossiter. I did, and by return mail got a letter from Mr.Truman, inviting me to come on down. I ended up spending a couple of weeks, and aside from some formal interviews with the man, I saw and talked to him every day---it was his custom to wander through the research stacks and sit down with anyone there, to suggest what materials might be most helpful, and generally to shoot the breeze. He was in his element as a former President, and extremely generous and kind to this then 22 year old "scholar."

Gary Sinise appeared this summer at a symposium at California State University Fresno and, I am told, said that he considered "Truman" to be his best work. Based on my experience years ago, I'd say that Sinise was at the top of his game in his portrayal. He captured the man absolutely; looks, speech, mannerisms. The film is ambitious in historical scope, perhaps too much so, but for anyone who wants to experience what Truman was like in person, this is a film to watch.


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