Hard to believe that this huge talent of Broadway, television and film has only one Oscar nomination to his credit. That Best Actor Oscar nomination came when he repeated his Broadway success in the film adaptation of THE GREAT WHITE HOPE.
Pay attention to the credits and notice what renowned TV visionary wrote the screenplay. The Man was originally budgeted as a made-for-TV movie but it did get a theatrical release for a time. It was definitely shown on TV. You'll notice that it does look like a TV movie. Some footage that's supposed to be the Washington, DC area is really Inglewood, California. I know because I grew up in L.A. at that time. Nevertheless, in this, the last year of President Obama's administration, The Man does have relevance and a directness that's bolder than what we get in some network TV features today.
The Man runs only about 90 minutes. It's worth a look, if you have the time. I saw James Earl Jones in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning play, Fences, back in the late 1980s. It was one electric night of excellent Broadway theatre. The audience was packed and I'll never forget the roof-raising cheers and applause James Earl Jones got for his performance. And the long standing ovation. I thought the audience was going to carry him aloft through the streets of Manhattan like he was Cleopatra. What a shame that Hollywood never gave a green light for a film version of Fences so he could've repeated his extraordinary performance. In 2012, James Earl Jones received a special career achievement Oscar from the Academy.
Go to YouTube and search THE MAN JAMES EARL JONES 1972. While the film is still there, take time to experience his craft as the first black President of the United States.
Happy 85th Birthday, Mr. James Earl Jones. You are...THE MAN.