Head of State

Release Date: March 28, 2003

There he goes off on the Blue Man Group again.

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Chis Rock will make his directorial debut with this film, which he also co-wrote with Ali LeRoi. The two previously collaborated on the screenplay for surprise success Down to Earth, and will look to recapture that same spark with Head of State.

Completing the writing/directing/acting trifecta, Rock will star as Washington, D.C. Alderman Mays Gilliam, a guy who's on the edge of being red-lined out of a job. However, the Democratic front-runner for president dies, and the party unexpectedly chooses Gilliam as their nominee. When a presidential candidate passes away unexpectedly in the middle of the campaign, the Democratic party unexpectedly picks a Washington, D.C. alderman, Mays Gilliam (Rock) as the replacement nominee. Bernie Mac will co-star as Gilliam's unsophisticated older brother Mitch, who becomes Mays' running mate. Other supporting cast members include Robin Givens, Dylan Baker, Tamala Jones and Lynn Whitfield.

Rock's recent films have been hit or miss; while Down to Earth was a relative success, the big budget Bad Company was an enormous disappointment after being primed to be one of Summer 2002's bigger blockbusters. Head of State looks to be a return to the type of role that works well for Rock, with appeal to both fans and a more mainstream audience. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Head of State
Main Cast Chris Rock, Bernie Mac
Director Chris Rock
Screenwriter Ali LeRoi, Chris Rock
Distributor DreamWorks
Rating PG-13
Running Time 95 minutes
Screen Count 2,151
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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Total BO
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Down to Earth 2/16/0117.30 18.46 2521 6862.00 7044.2 64.17 68.48 3.20
Primary Colors 3/20/9812.05 15.49 1965 6132.00 7583.3 39.30 50.52 3.26
Bad Company 6/7/0211.01 11.44 2944 3739.00 3739.0 30.16 31.35 2.74
Distinguished Gentleman, The 12/4/9210.61 15.41 1933 5489.00 7671.4 46.43 67.46 4.38
American President, The 11/17/9510.01 13.87 1508 6638.00 8850.7 60.02 83.19 5.88
Wag the Dog 1/9/987.78 10.00 1665 4673.00 5779.0 43.04 55.33 5.28
Dave 5/7/937.31 10.64 1155 6329.00 8866.7 63.27 92.15 8.66



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