Truman (1995 film)

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 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. 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." The film aired on HBO on September 9, 1995.



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."


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
American Cinema Editors Awards Best Edited Motion Picture for Non-Commercial Television Lisa Fruchtman Nominated
American Society of Cinematographers Awards Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movie of the Week or Pilot Paul Elliott Won
Artios Awards Outstanding Achievement in Movie of the Week Casting Mary Colquhoun Won
CableACE Awards Movie or Miniseries Won
Actor in a Movie or Miniseries Gary Sinise Won
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials Frank Pierson Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Gary Sinise Won
Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing – Television Movies of the Week – Sound Effects & Foley Brady Schwartz and Jeffrey Kaplan Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Made for Television Movie Paula Weinstein, Anthea Sylbert, and
Doro Bachrach
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Gary Sinise Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special Diana Scarwid Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Special Thomas Rickman Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries or a Special Mary Colquhoun Won
Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Special – Single Camera Production Lisa Fruchtman Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Special Ashlee Petersen, Gordon J. Smith,
Russell Cate, Evan Penny, Joe Ventura,
Raymond Mackintosh, Heidi Seeholzer,
Louise Mackintosh, and Benjamin Robin
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Miniseries or a Special Reinhard Stergar, Wayne Heitman,
James Bolt, and Joel Fein
Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television Paula Weinstein, Anthea Sylbert, and
Doro Bachrach
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Gary Sinise Won

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