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Head of State (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 28 March 2003 (USA)
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When a presidential candidate dies unexpectedly in the middle of the campaign, Washington, D.C. alderman, Mays Gilliam is unexpectedly picked as his replacement.

Director:

Chris Rock

Writers:

Chris Rock, Ali LeRoi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Rock ... Mays Gilliam
Bernie Mac ... Mitch Gilliam
Dylan Baker ... Martin Geller
Nick Searcy ... Brian Lewis
Lynn Whitfield ... Debra Lassiter
Robin Givens ... Kim
Tamala Jones ... Lisa Clark
James Rebhorn ... Senator Bill Arnot
Keith David ... Bernard Cooper
Tracy Morgan ... Meat Man
Stephanie March ... Nikki
Robert Stanton ... Advisor
Jude Ciccolella ... Mr. Earl
Nate Dogg ... Himself
Angie Mattson ... Nate's Girl
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Storyline

One candidate for the presidency dies in an accident a couple of weeks before the election. Meanwhile the alderman Mays Gilliam becomes a hero when he rescues a woman and her cat from an old house that would blow up. However his fiancee Kim does not pay his bills and dumps him, and Gilliam loses everything including his fancy car. When Senator Bill Arnot sees the news on television, he plots a scheme with the party advisors Martin Geller and Debra Lassiter to invite Mays to be the party nominee and lose the election for the other candidate, Vice-President Brian Lewis. Four years later, he would be the candidate and would have the chance of winning the election. Mays has a terrible beginning of campaign but when his older brother Mitch Gilliam meets him in Chicago, he advises Mays to be himself. Will he have the chance to be the first African American President of the USA? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The only thing white is the house.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, some sexuality and drug references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chef de l'état See more »

Filming Locations:

Annapolis, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,503,484, 30 March 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,788,228, 8 June 2003
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Chris Rock got the idea for this story from the 1984 Walter Mondale/Geraldine A. Ferraro ticket, in which the Democrats thought that since they had no chance of winning against Ronald Reagan/George Bush, they might as well make a historic first so they can win support for the next election. So they ran Ferraro as the first ever woman vice president candidate for their party (and lost). See more »

Goofs

Prior to the fight scene between Mays and Mitch, Mays pauses the video game he's playing. However, the screen shots of the video game change between shots. See more »

Quotes

Mays Gilliam: Who the hell are you to call this place a rat-trap? This is my neighborhood. This is where I'm from. I got my first bike stolen right there.
[pointing]
Mays Gilliam: My daddy got his bike stolen right there. When I have a son, I hope he's fortunate enough to get stuck up, right there!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, it lists many famous politicians, then in parenthesis it says "(Are not in this movie)". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Real Time with Bill Maher: Episode #14.35 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Slipped on da Ice
Written by Amir & David Blake
Performed by Amir
Courtesy of Dope Fiend/Euponic Records
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Very funny and deeply satirical.
28 March 2003 | by dcriptonSee all my reviews

This was just what the doctor ordered. At a time when I want to be critical of the government as well as be entertained, this was the film. The story is basically "Rocky" if he had run for president instead, but that doesn't detract from the laughs. All the performances have a high pitched feeling of Rock himself. Several bits that tap into his unique stand up presence as well. I recommend this film highly.


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