Doug's a concierge at a luxury hotel on Manhattan. He saves all his tips towards his plan for a hotel. A potential investor seduces the girl, Doug loves, with false promises of leaving his wife. Doug's dilemma: hotel project or girl?
Michael J. Fox,
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
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 »
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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