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The American President (1995)

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A widowed U.S. President running for reelection and an environmental lobbyist fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception," and sparks fly anyway.

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Rob Reiner

Writer:

Aaron Sorkin
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Andrew Shepherd
Annette Bening ... Sydney Ellen Wade
Martin Sheen ... A.J. MacInerney
Michael J. Fox ... Lewis Rothschild
Anna Deavere Smith ... Robin McCall
Samantha Mathis ... Janie Basdin
Shawna Waldron ... Lucy Shepherd
David Paymer ... Leon Kodak
Anne Haney ... Mrs. Chapil
Richard Dreyfuss ... Senator Rumson
Nina Siemaszko ... Beth Wade
Wendie Malick ... Susan Sloan
Beau Billingslea ... Agent Cooper
Gail Strickland ... Esther MacInerney
Joshua Malina ... David
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Storyline

Andrew Shepherd is approaching the end of his first term as President of the United States. He's a widower with a young daughter and has proved to be popular with the public. His election seems assured. That is until he meets Sydney Ellen Wade, a paid political activist working for an environmental lobby group. He's immediately smitten with her and after several amusing attempts, they finally manage to go on a date (which happens to be a State dinner for the visiting President of France). His relationship with Wade opens the door for his prime political opponent, Senator Bob Rumson, to launch an attack on the President's character, something he could not do in the previous election as Shepherd's wife had only recently died. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Why can't the most powerful man in the world have the one thing he wants most?

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

17 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi querido presidente See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$65,000,000
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DTS | SDDS | DTS-Stereo | Dolby SR | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Michael Douglas, Richard Dreyfuss, and Aaron Sorkin; and two Oscar nominees: Annette Bening and David Paymer. See more »

Goofs

When Lewis is chewing out the congressman, the hand holding the telephone changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

President Andrew Shepherd: [over the phone with Sydney ] It's sass, right? You're sassin' me.
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Alternate Versions

Company logos change between versions. For example, on the laserdisc, the movie starts with a 20-second silent Columbia logo (before the Castle Rock logo), and the end credits crawl includes (after the title of the movie has gone onscreen) a line-art logo "Released by Columbia Pictures/A Sony Pictures Entertainment company" that crawls up and stops, over the end of the music. On the international prints, the 1990-1997 Universal logo was played and it was also silent. The 1999 WB DVD skips the opening logo, starting with the Castle Rock logo instead, and where the Columbia logo at the end should appear as the music ends, a still clouds-and-shield WB logo appears instead (Distributed by WB/A Warner Communications Company). The Columbia versions are probably truer to the original theatrical release. See also The Shawshank Redemption. See more »


Soundtracks

I Have Dreamed
By Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Arranged by Larry Blank and Marc Shaiman
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Excellent
8 February 1999 | by Thrawn-12See all my reviews

I was a senior in high school when I saw this in the theatre. I saw an advanced screening before it was available to the general public with the rest of the top press in Kansas City. (Being a high school editor-in-chief of a paper has LOTS of advantages!) Anyway, this movie was simply one of the best I have ever seen. Michael Douglas was superb, outstanding, worthy of running for President in real life if you ask me! Bening was also outstanding, probably her best perfermance yet. The dialogue between the characters has to be some of the best in any movie I have seen, and I've seen quite a few. Douglas's speech at the end has to be the best ever speech in any movie. ID4's president tried to have a good speech too, and, while it was good, it wasn't close to Douglas's speech here.

As a side note, when Douglas finished his speech to the press, about half of the theatre stood up and clapped, and everyone else just clapped and cheered. It made my body tingle.


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