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Based onTruman
by David McCullough
Written byThomas Rickman
Directed byFrank Pierson
Music byDavid Mansfield
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
ProducerDoro Bachrach
Production locations
CinematographyPaul Elliott
EditorLisa Fruchtman
Running time135 minutes
Production companies
Budget$8 million
Original networkHBO
Picture formatColor
Audio formatDolby
Original release
  • September 9, 1995 (1995-09-09)

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.[1] 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.[2] 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."[3] 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."[4]


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


  1. ^ J. O'Connor, John (September 8, 1995). "TV WEEKEND; Harry S Truman, Late Bloomer". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Truman". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 8, 2021.
  3. ^ Crum, Steve (July 6, 2006). "Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers". Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers.
  4. ^ "Truman Reviews". TV Guide. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  5. ^ "Mary Colquhoun, 61, Casting Director". The New York Times. September 20, 2000. p. 23. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  6. ^ "Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries Movie Or A Special Nominees / Winners 1996 Emmy Awards | Television Academy". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
  7. ^ "OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE - 1996". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
  8. ^ Gary Sinise Wins Best Actor Mini Series - Golden Globes 1996