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The American President (1995)

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

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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)  »

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Mi querido presidente  »

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$62,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$65,000,000
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Trivia

During one of his many visits to the White House, Director Rob Reiner spent two consecutive days with President Bill Clinton, following him around as he went through his day. See more »

Goofs

Standing clock in the Oval Office shows randomly varying times. When the President asks for the time and someone answers "3:30", the clock reads something completely different. See more »

Quotes

Leo Solomon: [referring to her damaging her career if she has a romantic relationship with the President] There's never an egg timer around when you need one.
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Referenced in Welcome to Hollywood (1998) See more »

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Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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good romance
20 December 2002 | by 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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