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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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Details

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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tina Fey was one of the five uncredited writers who did a re-write on the screenplay. See more »

Goofs

When Mays gets picked up in the car he is soaking wet. Then when he gets out of the car his suit is completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Mays Gilliam: [on a bullhorn outside Lewis's office] Yo, Lewis! Your mother's ass is so big, when she sits down, she's three feet taller! Yo, Lewis!
Advisor: Sir, I think it's time we prepare for a debate.
Brian Lewis: Aw, give me one good reason I should debate that jerk.
Advisor: [distressed] He talked about your mother, sir!
Brian Lewis: So what?
Lewis' mother: [Lewis's mother enters and slaps him] Are you going to just let him talk about me like that?
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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

Featured in The Making of Head of State (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Cali Hits
Written by Andre Branch & David Weldon
Performed by Phloss Mode
Courtesy of Ha Ha Entertainment
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Boring, Boring, boring
29 February 2004 | by slyfox7273See all my reviews

Chris Rock is usually very funny but not in this flick. Unfortunately for this movie the only funny parts were shown in the trailers for the film. He should have either stuck to just acting or directing but not both. I sat through this movie and the whole time I was thinking that if this was on regular television I would have changed the channel because it was so boring. I didn't think anything about it was unique or very funny, in fact I never laughed once! The story is a re-hash of all the other movies that have already been made about hometown boy makes good and then tries to fix up the old neighborhood he feels loyal to. Definitely NOT worth renting.


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