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
The music, to which President Shepherd and Ms. Wade dance, is the song "I Have Dreamed" from the musical "The King and I" with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Ironically, Sydney had previously stated she had no intention of "Whistl(ing) a happy tune" (another King and I reference) when led by their President. See more »
In a scene at Sydney's office, she goes from one jacketed arm to both arms being in the jacket between shots. See more »
[in the president's limo called the beast, the President wants to get flowers for Sydney]
At least let the agents do a security sweep. We don't know who's in there!
President Andrew Shepherd:
You think there's a florist in there planning an assassination on the the off-chance that I might be stopping by?
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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.
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