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The American President (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 November 1995 (USA)
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Comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. president and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception" and sparks fly anyway.

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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

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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17 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi querido presidente  »

Box Office

Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,132,043 (UK) (15 December 1995)

Gross:

£2,628,944 (UK) (19 January 1996)
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The dialogue refers explicitly at one point to the films of Frank Capra. Capra's grandson, Frank Capra III, was first assistant director of this film. See more »

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In the limousine (when the President stops at the flower shop), the Washington DC visible through the car windows moves by frame by frame, instead of scrolling smoothly. See more »

Quotes

President Andrew Shepherd: Sorry to keep you waiting.
Sydney Ellen Wade: Mister President...
President Andrew Shepherd: Is it all right if I call you Sydney?
Sydney Ellen Wade: Of course, Mister President.
President Andrew Shepherd: Have you ever been in the oval office?
Sydney Ellen Wade: Uh... I've just been on the regular tour. It didn't include...
President Andrew Shepherd: I hear its pretty good.
Sydney Ellen Wade: Mister President, what you saw in there was nothing more than vanity run a muck. I was showing off for a colleague who doesn't think very much of me. It would be a real injustice for you to hold the GDC accountable for my behavior today. On top of which, I am...
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash '08 (2008) See more »

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Hail to the Chief
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Music by James Sanderson
[Heard several times including played on trombone by Shawna Waldron.]
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good romance
20 December 2002 | by (madison, WI USA) – See all my reviews

This film worked for the same reason the West Wing works... it humanizes the President. Yes, the most powerful man in the world has feelings and falls in love. I liked one reviewer's comment saying that this film is Capra-esque. It certainly is because of its overall feel-good aspect and optimism. I enjoyed this film, and Michael Douglas seldom disappoints me. 8/10.


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