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Actors: Gary Sinise, Diana Scarwid, Richard Dysart, Colm Feore, James Gammon
Director: Frank Pierson
Genres: Drama, Television
PG     2000     2hr 15min

Biographical drama of the simple man of the people who led American and guided the world through the most troubled period in history, Harry S Truman. — Genre: Feature Film-Drama — Rating: PG13 — Release Date: 29-FEB-2000 — Med...  more »


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Actors: Gary Sinise, Diana Scarwid, Richard Dysart, Colm Feore, James Gammon
Director: Frank Pierson
Creators: Paul Elliott, Lisa Fruchtman, Anthea Sylbert, Doro Bachrach, Paula Weinstein, David McCullough, Thomas Rickman
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, All Made-for-TV Movies
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/29/2000
Original Release Date: 09/09/1995
Theatrical Release Date: 09/09/1995
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 2hr 15min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Sinise's crowning jewel
Scott Prazak | Goose Creek, SC USA | 02/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Brilliant made for cable film about the life of President Harry Truman. Although not a complete account of his life, this film nevertheless covers all the major events that helped shape the man. There is no better casting choice than Sinise. In one of his rare occasions as THE MAIN star of a film, his talents are brought to the surface brilliantly.HBO dvds up to this time have never been known to have many supplements on them, and unfortunately this is no exception. The live action menus are a refreshing addition. However, there are countless extras you can add when it comes to historical figures like these. There are no trailers, no documentaries. Certainly a disappointment there. Tne film itself is worth getting however. Truly a milestone for a great actor."
Sinise is Brillant!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have watched this movie many times and have always felt better for it. I have always had a great respect for President Truman. Mr.Sinise's performance was heart-warming & captivating. He brought the essence of the character to life. The movie transports the viewer to his time and does not let go until the end (which, I found myself wanting to know more of the Trumans, post-White House). Diana Scarwid's portrayal of Bess Truman conveyed that the man who made some very tough calls in a nation's darkest hours had a woman of steel behind him. He made decisions that were unpopular and yet necessary. "War is Hell". Our 33rd President did what he felt was right at the time. He is in my estimation one of the most under-appreciated US Presidents and important historical figures of the 20th Century."
Gary Sinise does it again!
Roberta Cram | Southington, CT USA | 10/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD stars Gary Sinise as Harry S. Truman and covers his life from when he is a farmer, through marrying Bess, up until the time he leaves the White House. Gary is terrific as usual and when he gets going as the older Truman on the campaign trail, he is dynamic. Also stars Diana Scarwid as Bess, who is usually in campy movies such as playing Christina Crawford in Mommie Dearest, but she is also very endearing as Mrs. Truman. There are some very cute points, especially when the Truman's move into the White House, the "first house they have ever had alone" and Mrs. Truman comments about how dirty it is! Not to be missed! One minor flaw - there are NO special features on this DVD."
The man who played the cowboy hunk from "The Stand"...
(5 out of 5 stars)

"...tries his luck as one of the most unpretentious Presidents ever. That's the mark of a good character actor--when he can play two men absolutely unlike each other. Especially when Gary Sinise's performance here covers a period of Truman's life when he was about the same age as "The Stand"'s Stu Redman. Truman's low popularity while he was in office was entirely attributable to the fact that he lacked the charisma his predecessors and successors all had. Americans have always liked flash and Truman had none. We've always preferred leaders who tell us what we want to hear, or at least in a way that makes it sound like that. Truman was always blunt--often painfully so. In recent months (which is to say since September 11) one of his observations that appears here has come back to bite us on the rear end--that far too many of us are so carried away with "freedom" that we forget that responsibility also goes along with that freedom."