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The American President (1995)

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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?


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi querido presidente  »

Box Office


$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,132,043 (UK) (15 December 1995)


$65,000,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When the President is giving his big speech to the press corps, Michael J Fox is shown in one shot looking to his right, the next shot he's looking straight ahead. See more »


Leo Solomon's Secretary: Dig it, Miss Wade... you're the President's girlfriend!
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Hail to the Chief
Music by James Sanderson
[Heard several times including played on trombone by Shawna Waldron]
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Better than apple pie
25 May 2000 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

This Reiner flick is a gem of the nineties. In its genre probably the best thing to hit the screens since Capra rounded them up over half a century ago.

The story itself is nothing extraordinary. Set in Washington it is a simple tale of love between lobbyist Sidney Wade and widow President Andrew Sheperd. Flung into love they both encounter obstacles as both opposition and political differences tear them apart. No need to worry though, all is well that ends well. And Reiner is not the one to slip one on us.

What makes this film shine above most are not the development of characters or the underdeveloped political statements. Its the achievement of giving audiences 90 minutes of pure bliss. Douglas is lovable as president, Beattys spouse makes you jealous as always, J. Fox never misses an opportunity to display huge talent and Dreyfuss is just the kind of guy you love to hate. Add a dose of victorious political correctness and top it of with a final speech that raises the hair on any kinds of neck but rednecks, and you got your evening made.

Enjoy !

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