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Can a high-attitude African-American politician who says what he thinks stand a chance in a presidential campaign? Mays Gilliam (Chris Rock) is a straight-talking alderman representing a inner-city neighborhood in Washington, D.C. In the midst of a hard-fought race for the White House, the Democratic presidential and vice-presidential candidates are killed in an airline crash, and with little time to prepare a new campaign, the Republican candidate, Vice President Brian Lewis (Nick Searcy), seems all but guaranteed to win. With practically nothing to loose, party head Martin Geller (Dylan Baker) approaches Gilliam and asks him to stand as the Democrat's presidential candidate. While Gilliam is dubious at first, before long his streetwise style and willingness to face the issues head-on earns him surprising figures in the polls, especially after he persuades his short-fused older brother, Mitch Gilliam (Bernie Mac), to join the ticket as vice presidential candidate -- a big jump for a bail bondsman. Gilliam's love life also becomes more complicated as his ex-girlfriend Kim (Robin Givens) decides she wants him back now that he has a shot at the White House, even though Gilliam only has eyes for Lisa (Tamala Jones). Head of State marked the directorial debut for comic and actor Chris Rock, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 28, 2003

Cast

Chris Rock
as Mays Gilliam
Bernie Mac
as Mitch Gilliam
Dylan Baker
as Martin Geller
Nick Searcy
as Brian Lewis
Lynn Whitfield
as Debra Lassiter
Robin Givens
as Kim
Tamala Jones
as Lisa Clark
James Rebhorn
as Senator Bill Arnot
Keith David
as Bernard Cooper
Tracy Morgan
as Meat Man
Stephanie March
as Nikki
Robert Stanton
as Adviser
Jude Ciccolella
as Mr. Earl
Nate Dogg
as Himself
Brian James
as B.G. James
Brad Marshall
as Demolition Man
Chandra Wilson
as Jaime
Patsy Grady Abrams
as 1st Fundraiser Wife
Michael Ahl
as Klansman
Sade Baderinwa
as Transit Reporter
John Badila
as General Olson James
Thomas Bevans
as Hip Hop Dancer
Jeremy Borash
as Wrestling Announcer
Sloane Brown
as Roadside Reporter
Reg E. Cathey
as Officer Waters
Alan Chadsey
as Falling Man
Terry Chasteen
as Hip Hop Dancer
David de Boy
as Police Chief
Madeline DeVan
as Singing Lady
Nancy Ding
as Voter on Street
Ned Eisenberg
as Mike Blake
Funkmaster Flex
as Inaugural Ball Announcer
Helaine Fonda
as Hip Hop Dancer
Mojo Gentry
as Porter
Marilyn Getas
as National Anchor
Gabrielle Goyette
as Woman
Billöah Greene
as Musician
Kate Guyton
as Foot Lady
John Hall
as Hip Hop Dancer
Ann Haynsworth
as Hip Hop Dancer
Mike Hodge
as 2nd Fundraiser Issue Man
Irving Jacobs
as 1st Fundraiser Party Goer
Beau James
as Senator
Gustave Johnson
as Chester Allen
Wes Johnson
as Teamster #2
Mario Joyner
as Lotto Man
Linda Kenyon
as Screaming Woman
Ali LeRoi
as Crazy Hostile Dreadlock Voter
Marcel Marceau
as Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band
Ashton Marks
as Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band
Angie Mattson
as Nate's Girl
Steven Maurice
as Shorty G
Brenna McDonough
as School Reporter
Pat Moran
as 1st Fundraiser Issue Woman
Gwendolyn Mulamba
as 2nd Fundraiser Issue Woman
Michael Munford
as Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band
Donald Neal
as Senator
Novella Nelson
as Moderator
Tad Ohta
as Asian Man
Patrice O'Neal
as Warren
Kirk Penberthy
as Gaines
Annika Pergament
as Cable Anchorwoman
Bob Perilla
as Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band
Clarke Peters
as Fundraiser Demo-Tape Man
Caitlin Ray
as Little Girl
Kevin Reese
as Anchor
Douglas Roberts
as Senator
Cory Rosemeier
as Helicopter Pilot
Leanne Saunders
as Old Woman Transit Rider
David Savoy
as Hip Hop Dancer
Sharon Savoy
as Hip Hop Dancer
Jim Scopeletis
as Pork Man
Ivan Scott
as Talk Show Host
Heather Alicia Simms
as Tish
Delaney Williams
as Teamster #1
Ed Wheeler
as Mr. Hawkins
Barbara Suto
as Hip Hop Dancer
Brad Strange
as French Man
Jimmy Tingle
as Talk Show Host
Jamil Shaw
as Kid
Mark Zeisler
as 1st Fundraiser Issue Guy
Stan Stovall
as Anchor
Kevin Witt
as Secret Service Agent
Norman Seltzer
as 1st Fundraiser Husband
Helaine Fonda
as Hip Hop Dancer
Alan Chadsey
as Falling Man
Marcel Marceau
as Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band
Kevin Witt
as Secret Service Agent
Stan Stovall
as Anchor
Brian James
as B.G. James
Angie Mattson
as Nate's Girl
Annika Pergament
as Cable Anchorwoman
Mark Zeisler
as 1st Fundraiser Issue Guy
Brenna McDonough
as School Reporter
Mario Joyner
as Lotto Man
Gustave Johnson
as Chester Allen
Ashton Marks
as Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band
Ned Eisenberg
as Mike Blake
Reg E. Cathey
as Officer Waters
Chandra Wilson
as Jaime
Ann Haynsworth
as Hip Hop Dancer
Jimmy Tingle
as Talk Show Host
Douglas Roberts
as Senator
David Savoy
as Hip Hop Dancer
Kirk Penberthy
as Gaines
Madeline DeVan
as Singing Lady
Wes Johnson
as Teamster #2
Patsy Grady Abrams
as 1st Fundraiser Wife
Thomas Bevans
as Hip Hop Dancer
Irving Jacobs
as 1st Fundraiser Party Goer
John Badila
as General Olson James
Jamil Shaw
as Kid
Sade Baderinwa
as Transit Reporter
Sharon Savoy
as Hip Hop Dancer
Terry Chasteen
as Hip Hop Dancer
Bob Perilla
as Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band
Caitlin Ray
as Little Girl
Michael Munford
as Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band
Tad Ohta
as Asian Man
Patrice O'Neal
as Warren
Michael Ahl
as Klansman
Barbara Suto
as Hip Hop Dancer
Brad Marshall
as Demolition Man
Cory Rosemeier
as Helicopter Pilot
Jeremy Borash
as Wrestling Announcer
Brad Strange
as French Man
Steven Maurice
as Shorty G
Novella Nelson
as Moderator
Billöah Greene
as Musician
Funkmaster Flex
as Inaugural Ball Announcer
Mojo Gentry
as Porter
Leanne Saunders
as Old Woman Transit Rider
Clarke Peters
as Fundraiser Demo-Tape Man
Marilyn Getas
as National Anchor
Kate Guyton
as Foot Lady
Donald Neal
as Senator
Ed Wheeler
as Mr. Hawkins
Pat Moran
as 1st Fundraiser Issue Woman
Jim Scopeletis
as Pork Man
Kevin Reese
as Anchor
Ali LeRoi
as Crazy Hostile Dreadlock Voter
Mike Hodge
as 2nd Fundraiser Issue Man
Linda Kenyon
as Screaming Woman
Delaney Williams
as Teamster #1
Heather Alicia Simms
as Tish
Gwendolyn Mulamba
as 2nd Fundraiser Issue Woman
Sloane Brown
as Roadside Reporter
Ivan Scott
as Talk Show Host
Beau James
as Senator
Gabrielle Goyette
as Woman
Nancy Ding
as Voter on Street
David de Boy
as Police Chief
John Hall
as Hip Hop Dancer

Crew

Chris Rock
Director
Chris Rock
Producer
Michael Rotenberg
Producer
Ali LeRoi
Producer
Ali LeRoi
Screenwriter
Chris Rock
Screenwriter
Donald Thorin
Cinematographer
Stephen A. Rotter
Editor
Steven Jordan
Production Designer
Raymond Kluga
Art Director
Ezra Swerdlow
Executive Producer
Jay Klein
Set Designer
Amanda Sanders
Costume Designer
Whit Norris
Sound/Sound Designer
Kim Taylor Coleman
Casting
Victoria Thomas
Casting
Ali LeRoi
Second Unit Director
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