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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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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)

Opening Weekend:

£1,132,043 (UK) (15 December 1995)

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$65,000,000 (USA)
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The last shot of the film where President Shepherd walks into the House of Representatives to give his State of the Union address was actually shot on a sound-stage with Michael Douglas walking an aisle with seats filled with extras on each side, set against bare blue plywood walls. See more »

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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

Sydney Ellen Wade: [Referring to Lucy Shepherd] She's wonderful
President Andrew Shepherd: She's her mother
Sydney Ellen Wade: She's you
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Spoofed in Weird Science: Lisarella (1996) See more »

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Arranged by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker
Performed by Robert Shaw Chorale
Courtesy of RCA Victor Red Seal, a division of BMG Classics
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Politically correct, aesthetically suspect
10 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

This was the worst movie I saw during the year of its release. Acting was OK, but the script was horrible, full of smarmy political correctness. Another of the non-challenging roles Annette Bening took after her great performance in "The Grifters" -- and happily discarded in her memorable role this year in "Än American Beauty." Douglas is certainly viable casting. This movie tried so hard to capitalize on the popularity of the current Presidency, but romanticized the White House in an unrealistic, and not at all charming way.


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