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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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2.35 : 1
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Prior to Aaron Sorkin joining the project, early versions of the script depicted President Andrew Shepherd as a military veteran and former Special Ops Agent. Rob Reiner discussed the lead role with Bruce Willis and Steven Seagal before Sorkin's re-writes transitioned Shepherd to a more academic character. See more »

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In the limousine with Robin and Louis, the president is clearly reading from a cue card when he speaks of Sydney's involvement in the anti-Apartheid demonstration ten years earlier. See more »

Quotes

[Looking through Andrew Shepherd's college transcript]
Sydney Ellen Wade: Oh, Andy, a C minus in Women's Studies.
President Andrew Shepherd: Yeah, well, that class wasn't about what I thought it was about.
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Connections

References Wall Street (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Viens, Mallika
from "Lakmé"
Composed by Léo Delibes
Performed by Mady Mesplé and Danielle Millet
with Alain Lombard conducting The Paris Opéra-Comique Chorus & Orchestra
Courtesy of EMI Classics
under license from CEMA Special Markets
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I love this film
19 October 1998 | by See all my reviews

This film sees the best acting from Michael Douglas (my God, he isn't a villain), Annette Bening (power woman), Michael J Fox (finally not a teen) and Martin Sheen (oh so amusing). This is such a warm film. It is innocent yet powerful. And the humour is second to none. Just fabulous.


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