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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mays Gilliam
... Mitch Gilliam
... Martin Geller
... Brian Lewis
... Debra Lassiter
... Kim
... Lisa Clark
... Senator Bill Arnot
... Bernard Cooper
... Meat Man
... Nikki
... Advisor
... Mr. Earl
... Himself
... 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

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The only thing white is the house.

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

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28 March 2003 (USA)  »

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Chef de l'état  »

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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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Trivia

Back in 1999, actor Chris Tucker was working on a competing project called 'Mr. President', in which he was going to star as an average guy who unexpectedly becomes the first black President of the United States. However, Head of State (2003) made it to theaters before 'Mr. President' even started production. Chris Tucker still insisted that his movie was going to be made however and he actually did quite a bit of research for the role. He visited troops in Virginia, volunteered to promote voter registration, and consulted with Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, and Jesse Jackson, the first major black presidential candidate. By 2008, Barack Obama was elected president in real life, and the movie was scrapped altogether. See more »

Goofs

When Gilliam is walking on the sidewalk when the car is about to pick him up, the sprinklers that are producing the rain are visible on the other side of the street. See more »

Quotes

[Mays and Mitch are interrupting Brian Lewis's campaign commercial shoots to force him to debate Mays]
Mays Gilliam: I thought I told you that we won't stop, I thought I told you that we won't stop!
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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

References Malcolm X (1992) See more »

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Let Me Know
Written by Hi-C & David Blake
Performed by Hi-C
Courtesy of Hi Life/Laneway
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Could be better.
21 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

I thought it was really funny but they should have taken out some really stupid parts. Like in the begginning of the movie Chris Rock girlfriend was terribly annoying. Some of the dialouge Chris Rock said was supposed to be funny but it wasn't. Some of the programs the goverment ran were really stupid and they just put it in there to make it PG-13. Ex: Prostitutes. Anyway... Bad company was a lot better. Rent that instead.


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