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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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Cast

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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He was an extraordinary ordinary man 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

Pat Hingle and Daniel von Bargen previously appeared in Citizen Cohn (1992), also directed by Frank Pierson. See more »

Goofs

The word "Dixiecrat" is misspelled "Dixicrat" in the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

Harry S. Truman: Charlie, Bess thinks you'd make a hell of a press secretary.
Charlie Ross: Oh, Jesus, no, Harry.
Harry S. Truman: Oh, you can't say no to Bess. I'm appointing Frank here secretary.
Frank Vassar: Secretary of what?
Harry S. Truman: Just secretary. Franklin's staff all look at me like a skunk at a wedding. I need some Missouri around me real quick.
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It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Published by Warner Bros., Inc.
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The buck stops here!
22 August 2004 | by rimjakSee all my reviews

This solid, theatrical caliber bio of President Harry S. Truman covers much ground and offers Gary Sinise giving one of his finest performances to date.

An Emmy-winning production, this also boasts lavish period detail and a strong supporting cast (lead by Diana Scarwid as Bess Truman). It also features one of my all-time favorite character actors, Richard Dysart. He plays Secretary of War Henry Stimson and is quite memorable in an otherwise minor supporting role. All in all I gave this an IMDb '10'. Even with a whitewash of some details, this has to be one of the best presidential bios ever. They obviously put lots of time, money and effort into it.


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