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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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Aaron Sorkin worked with Rob Reiner on A Few Good Men (1992). See more »

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In the scene where Sydney and AJ meet to discuss the legislation regarding the reduction in fossil fuels, behind AJ is hung the famous Trumbull painting of the Committee of Five presenting the completed Declaration of Independence to John Hancock and the Second Continental Congress (the subject is sometimes erroneously believed to be the document's signing). John Hancock is seated to the left of the viewer instead of the right, indicating, that the entire scene has been flipped. See more »

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President Andrew Shepherd: [over the phone] Douglas, does the NRA have video tapes of you playing golf with Satan?
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Features North (1994) See more »

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Ballet Music from Faust
By Charles Gounod
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The thinking woman's Pretty Woman
10 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I don't mean that as a slam. I like Pretty Woman a lot, too. But this movie is my "cure for all ills" movie. The one I throw in the DVD player on rainy Sunday afternoons and crack out my best junk food. And the political setting seems to give it more meat.

Michael Douglas is perfect. Annette Benning is perfect (and I would give anything to look as beautiful as she does in that blue dress at the State Dinner). Michael J. Fox, Martin Sheen, Anna Devoure Smith. People being passionate about each other and about important issues and about doing the right thing. Everything about this movie lifts me up when I'm feeling down.

I'm not a liberal, and I'm not a conservative - I fall somewhere in the middle. My beliefs in gun control to not include "(getting) the guns". But this movie is so good - that I can look past the occasional differences in political views. Those views are presented in a smart, thoughtful and constructive manner - and I appreciate them even though they are not my own.

I enjoy this movie for what it is - a sweet, smart, funny movie set in one of the most "romantic" settings in the world - The White House.


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