Truman (1995)




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This award winning made-for-cable movie tells the story of American President Harry S.Truman and his role in the second World War. Gary Sinese stars in the title role of this biographical account, which is based on Pulitzer Prize-winner David McCullough's book. The film chronicles Truman's rise from unknown farmer to infamous American President -- who is chiefly remembered for being the first to use the atomic bomb. Diana Scarwid stars as Truman's wife Bess. Nominated for many awards that year, the film won the Emmy for "Best Made-for-Television Movie." Gary Sinese won the "Best Actor" Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild award for his impressive lead performance.
Drama , Television
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Gary Sinise
as Truman
Diana Scarwid
as Bess Turman
Richard Dysart
as Stimson
Colm Feore
as Charlie Ross
Tony Goldwyn
as Clark Clifford
Harris Yulin
as Gen. Marshall
Pat Hingle
as Pendergast
Leo Burmester
as Vassar
Amelia Campbell
as Margaret Truman
Virginia Caper
as Elizabeth Moore
Remak Ramsay
as Acheson
Daniel von Bargen
as MacArthur
Lois Smith
as Madge Wallace Gates
Marian Seldes
as Eleanor Roosevelt
James Gammon
as Sam Rayburn
John Finn
as Bob Hannagan
Lee Richardson
as Franklin Roosevelt
Zeljko Ivanek
as Eddie Jacobsen
Richard Venture
as J. Lester Perry
Craig Benton
as Marine
Jim Birdsall
as Engineer
Walter Coppage
as Delegate
Nora Denney
as Mama Truman
Jessica Drake
as Woman Reporter
John Durbin
as Producer
Joe Erker
as Lazy Worker
Peggy Friessen
as Newswoman
David Fritts
as MacArthur Reporter
Harry Gibbs
as Garner
David Lansbury
as James Pendergast
Tim Gillin
as MacArthur's Officer
Larry Greer
as Ike Aide
Wiley Harker
as Senator #1
Marlon Hoffman
as Convention Reporter #1
Harold Herd
as First Politician
Gary Holcombe
as Senator #2
Hollis Houston
as Sgt. O'Hare
Jerry Longe
as Judge Vrooman
Holmes Osborne
as Dixicrat
Jerel Taylor
as Barnett
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Critic Reviews for Truman

All Critics (8)

Superb production with memorable Sinise performance in title role.

July 6, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

No excerpt available.

July 16, 2005

No excerpt available.

November 25, 2003
Eclipse Magazine

An excellent biopic anchored by a marvelous job by Sinise.

October 2, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

No excerpt available.

February 9, 2003
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Its Cliffs Notes approach to the source biography gets a big boost from star Gary Sinise.

December 4, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Audience Reviews for Truman


Gary Sinise is downright uncanny as President Harry S Truman in this high quality HBO production. A strong supporting performance is also turned in by Diana Scarwid as the First Lady, Bess. Entertaining and enlightening: this is worth checking out, especially for a moviegoer who may have little knowledge of this very colorful statesman and his accomplishments.

Ryan Voss
Ryan Voss

Truman succeeds at being a comprehensive, well acted, informative, and generally well written biopic. Undoubtedly the portrayal of Truman was too charitable, but the level of humanity that Gary Sinise was able to inject really carried the film throughout. I would have liked to see the more aggressive side of Truman, and some of his internal political battles with his own party, but for its running time, Truman manages to cover a lot of ground, and does so in a largely effective way. 3.5/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

A fine docu-drama that brought history alive with a screen-fitting story. It prompted me to read and seek out more. Something, though -- I'm not quite sure what -- stopped short of enthralling me as these political dramas sometimes do. So 4 stars for me.

Brian Hoeft
Brian Hoeft

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