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)  »

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Mi querido presidente  »

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$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,132,043 (UK) (15 December 1995)

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£2,628,944 (UK) (19 January 1996)
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Michael J. Fox has worked with family members of several of his cast mates. Samantha Mathis's mother, Bibi Besch, appeared on 'Family Ties (1981)(TV)'. Annette Bening's niece, Sachi Parker (daughter of Shirley MacLaine) had a small part in Back to the Future (1985). Michael Douglas's father, Kirk Douglas, appeared in Greedy (1994). Martin Sheen's son, Charlie Sheen, replaced Fox on 'Spin City (1998)(TV)'. See more »

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When the president is first shown stepping off the presidential helicopter (having just landed) you can see in the background the rotors are completely stopped, but when the camera cuts back to the president the rotors are are now winding down and still moving slowly after the pilot shut down the engine. See more »

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Leo's secretary: Mr. Solomon? This was just delivered by a White House messenger. It's marked perishable.
Leo Solomon: The White House has sent me something perishable?
Leo's secretary: It's for Ms. Wade.
Leo Solomon: Oh, here we go.
Sydney Ellen Wade: Relax, Leo, I'm sure it's just a formality.
Leo's secretary: It's from him.
Leo Solomon: Of course it's from him.
Sydney Ellen Wade: So he had some staff flunky send me a fruit basket.
Leo's secretary: Well, he wrote the note himself.
Sydney Ellen Wade: I'm sure he didn't take the time to...
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Ballet Music from Faust
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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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