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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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Produced by Rob Reiner's production company, Castle Rock Entertainment, which is named for a small town appearing in many works by Stephen King and the film adaptations thereof. It was the location of Reiner's own film Stand by Me (1986), but this was not the first film to feature the town. It previously appeared in Cujo (1983) and The Dead Zone (1983). The latter film featured Martin Sheen as a future Presidential candidate. See more »

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The time frame of this movie is approximately from the end of November thru the beginning of January. During that time, Senator Bob Rumson would've been in the middle of the Republican Primary, and that would be what his time and effort was used on winning, not the presidency. He more than likely would not start a full campaign against the President until the primary was over, and he was declared the Republican nominee for president. See more »

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[dancing at a state dinner]
Sydney Ellen Wade: I don't know how you do it.
President Andrew Shepherd: It's Arthur Murray. Six lessons.
Sydney Ellen Wade: That's not what I mean. Two hundred pairs of eyes are focused on you with two questions on their minds - who's this girl, and why is the President dancing with her?
President Andrew Shepherd: Well, first of all, the two hundred pairs of eyes aren't focused on me. They're focused on you. And the answers are Sydney Ellen Wade, and because she said yes.
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Referenced in Scene Smoking: Cigarettes, Cinema & the Myth of Cool (2001) See more »

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Deck the Halls
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Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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Better than apple pie
25 May 2000 | by 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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