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Trump Unauthorized (2005)

A look at the life of real estate king/media mogul/reality TV star, Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump (as Justin Louis)
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Peter Wennik
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Fred Trump Jr., Adult
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Fred Trump
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Robert Trump
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Mayor Ed Koch
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Joseph Eichler
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Ivana Trump
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A look at the life of real estate king/media mogul/reality TV star, Donald Trump.

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After announcing the biopic by the ABC Donald Trump officially said that he would sue the movie makers. After watching the movie with his wife Melania he said that he was flattered by the film and it was a great compliment, even if a few facts were wrong, like Peter Wennik, who was a fictitious character. He praised Justin Louis' performance saying that "he did a very excellent job. I just really wish he were my height". Melania also enjoyed the movie but said that the movie brought nothing new since Trumps life "is an open book and there were no surprises". See more »

Goofs

The cover of "The Art Of The Deal" doesn't look anything like the real cover of the book. See more »

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Featured in The Cinema Snob: Donald Tramp (2016) See more »

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Didn't really capture Trump I was expecting
2 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Justin Louis did a good job showing us a man who thought very highly of himself. What he didn't always achieve was showing us a man who had a reason to. This Donald Trump didn't seem all that confident or capable of doing all that the real Trump actually did. Early on, when he kept having to turn to his father for help, this was probably realistic. Perhaps the real man wasn't as self-assured as we have been led to believe, but if so, how did he do everything?

By contrast, Katheryn Winnick displayed confidence and intelligence and did a great job overall as Ivana, a woman certainly capable of being The Donald's equal and of making things happen (it's no wonder a man like The Donald might feel threatened by her). And her accent was beautiful, if the actress doesn't really talk that way in real life. AND she was gorgeous.

Fred McLarty also made an impact, as Trump's demanding father. It's easy to see where the younger Trump got his drive. Also, Saul Rubinek was effective as Trump's partner.

As for Jennifer Baxter as Marla, I'm not sure whether this was a good performance, but Marla came across as not having a brain in her head. This was probably the intention.

Louis' hairdresser is to be commended. Trump is known for his bad hair, and while I'm a straight guy who doesn't really know good or bad hair on men, Trump usually had some version of the sloppy look, especially in the 70s (I think I looked like that back then, though). In my opinion, Trump's hair looked good in some scenes.

As for the storyline, I think I learned a little about Trump and got some idea of how he got where he is today. A little too much emphasis on the tawdry media circus, though occasionally that part was fun.

I have always viewed New York City mayor Ed Koch positively, but this movie made him look evil. This was certainly a negative for me.

I can't say how accurate this movie was, but if I had to bet on one funny line not being real, it would have been Trump saying he didn't like firing people. But since it was used twice, maybe it's true.

This was a typical TV-movie biography--not really anything special.


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