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American Presidents On Screen
We look at POTUS in the movies

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American Presidents On Screen | Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)
Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)

Star: Kevin Kline
Film: Wild Wild West (1999)

Of all Ulysses S. Grant’s 36 appearances on screen, from The Birth Of A Nation (hmm) to Jonah Hex (oh dear), Kevin Kline’s is definitely not the most historically accurate. In fact, Wild Wild West is to US history what Sharktopus is to marine biology. If you’re looking for truth and facts and knowledge check out one of the other 33 versions. BUT if you’re looking for presidents who look like Kevin Kline with a pillow up his shirt, you’ve come to the right place.

What it tells us about the time it was made: Hollywood preferred giant clanking things to boring old history books. Cinemagoers, it’s safe to say, didn’t.

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Get Clinton on movies goddamit! More

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Would have been nice to have James Brolin included as Reagan (also in a miniseries) or Richard Crenna for that matter in 'The Day Reagan was Shot.' And where's Eisenhower? More

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