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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Andrew Shepherd
... Sydney Ellen Wade
... A.J. MacInerney
... Lewis Rothschild
... Robin McCall
... Janie Basdin
... Lucy Shepherd
... Leon Kodak
... Mrs. Chapil
... Senator Rumson
... Beth Wade
... Susan Sloan
... Agent Cooper
... Esther MacInerney
... David
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Mi querido presidente  »

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$62,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$65,000,000
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The telephone number President Shepherd gives Sydney to call him back (456-1414) is in fact the number to the White House (area code 202). See more »

Goofs

Just after inviting Sydney to a dinner, the President is seen entering and taking off in a helicopter. As a security measure, Marine One always flies in ever-shifting groups with identical decoy helicopters, sometimes as many as five. However, in the film, the helicopter escorting the President is alone. There is a repeat occurrence at Camp David later in the film. See more »

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Lewis Rothschild: But we're not gonna stay at 41. The numbers are gonna go back up.
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Lewis Rothschild: But they're gonna go back up.
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Lewis Rothschild: All right George...
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Lewis Rothschild: Congressman...
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Lewis Rothschild: Congressman Jarrett...
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Spoofed in Weird Science: Lisarella (1996) See more »

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It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas
Written by Meredith Willson
First line sung by Richard Dreyfuss
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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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