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Mark Huerta

Cinematic commanders-in-chief: A look at our finest movie presidents

If central casting were to pick a president, you would probably get Henry Fonda. Honest and compassionate with that folksy charm, Fonda fits into the role of movie president like a glove. We’d love to meet him on a happier day, but the script has decided otherwise. In “Fail Safe,” accidental communication orders an American bomber to drop a nuclear bomb over the Soviet Union.

What to watch: ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ (1964)

Despite being Italian, “A Fistful of Dollars” is the Western in its thickest, purest form. Every scene is either a shootout or exposition necessary for the next one. No hoedowns in a saloon, no speechifying from pioneer dads on rocking chairs about hard work and frontier values. Just shootouts, scenes leading to shootouts and more shootouts.
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