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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)

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$65,000,000
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After Senator Bob Rumson criticizes President Andrew Shepherd's girlfriend, Shepherd responds, "You want a character debate, Bob? You better stick with me, 'cause Sydney Ellen Wade is way out of your league." In March 2016, Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz closely paraphrased these lines from this movie while responding to fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump's attack on his wife: "If Donald wants to get into a character fight, he's better off sticking with me, because Heidi is way out of his league." Cruz often quoted movie lines on the campaign trail, and another of his favorites, The Princess Bride (1987), was also directed by Rob Reiner. See more »

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While the US President can't introduce a bill in Congress, it's common practice for him to get a sympathetic legislator to do it for him; this could be colloquially referred to as the President introducing the bill. In any case, he says, accurately, that he's "sending a bill to Congress for its consideration" which is perfectly proper as part of the State of the Union message. See more »

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Susan Sloan: I just want to go on record and apologize for my attitude towards you since your arrival.
Sydney Ellen Wade: Oh, I didn't notice. Was there an attitude?
Susan Sloan: Well, I - I think that um, that I - I have a lot of pent-up hostility...
Sydney Ellen Wade: Well, I...
Susan Sloan: You know, and I'm wondering who I should blame that on.
Sydney Ellen Wade: I'm not really qualified to...
Susan Sloan: You know, because I've been blaming it on my mother and my ex-husband and, well, that doesn't seem to be working.
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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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Okay, without a doubt this is one of my favorite romantic comedies.
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Okay, without a doubt this is one of my favorite romantic comedies. Michael Douglas comes off as Presidential, Annette Benning is spectacular, Martin Sheen is exceptional, and the supporting cast is marvelous. And this is all directed by Rob Reiner, the 2nd generation actor writer director who understands every aspect of film making and is not afraid to let loose with all the knowledge, power and presence required to make a first class film.

Of particular note are David Paymer, Michael J. Fox, and Anna Deavere Smith, all three exceptional character actors whose contributions add so much to the texture and tone of the film. Paymer is the perfect foil to Fox, and Anna balances them perfectly, giving a unity to the staff presence in the film.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the film is the incorporation of 'normal' events in the White House during the romance. We are not excluded or merely "clued in", but we participate in all the activities of the President, which makes the film more realistic and visceral. The flow of the film is exceptional, since there are no explosions or other violence to distract us, and the cinematography is amazing. The sets are perfect. Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexual innuendo and a few uses of profanity, this film is far from offensive in its delivery, its demeanor, or its presentation. A classic which will enhance any collection.


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