by David McCullough
|Written by||Thomas Rickman|
|Directed by||Frank Pierson|
|Music by||David Mansfield|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||135 minutes|
Truman is a 1995 American biographical drama television film directed by Frank Pierson and written by Thomas Rickman, based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1992 book, Truman. Starring Gary Sinise as Harry S. Truman, the film centers on Truman's humble beginnings, his rise to the presidency, World War II, and his decision to use the first atomic bomb. The film's tagline is "It took a farmer's hand to shape a nation."
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 88% rating based on reviews from 8 critics. Steve Crum of the Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers rated it 5 out of 5, calling it a "Superb production with memorable Sinise performance in title role." TV Guide said, "Over-applauded by many critics, Truman is sturdy, standardized biographical moviemaking elevated by incontestably brilliant acting. Unfortunately, this cavalcade of facts and figures is conceived and executed impersonally like a docent delivering a speech in front of the waxworks at a Presidential museum. … [The audience lacks] a sense that Truman's travails have been shaped on screen by a filmmaker's passion. … Truman offers the satisfaction of textual thoroughness and seamless storytelling, but few flashes of inspiration or imagination."
1996 American Cinema Editors (Eddies)
1996 American Society of Cinematographers
1996 Casting Society of America (Artios)
1996 Directors Guild of America
1996 Emmy Awards
1996 Golden Globe Awards
1996 PGA Golden Laurel Awards
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards