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The American President ()


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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.
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Andrew Shepherd
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Sydney Ellen Wade
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A.J. MacInerney
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Lewis Rothschild
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Robin McCall
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Janie Basdin
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Lucy Shepherd
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Leon Kodak
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Mrs. Chapil
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Senator Rumson
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Beth Wade
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Susan Sloan
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Agent Cooper
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Esther MacInerney
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David
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President D'Astier
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Madame D'Astier
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Leo Solomon
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Stu
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Tom Dahlgren ...
Defense Secretary
Ralph Meyering Jr. ...
General
Kurt Boesen ...
Security Advisor
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Secret Service Agent
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Secret Service Agent
Andrew Steel ...
Secret Service Agent
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Carl
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Rumson Staffer
Frank Cavestani ...
Rumson Staffer
Richard Stahl ...
Rumson Staffer
Alice Kushida ...
Carol
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Lisa
Beans Morocco ...
Doorkeeper
Kathryn Ish ...
Education Secretary
Kamilah Martin ...
Flower Girl
Augie Blunt ...
Groundskeeper
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Guard
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Hud Secretary
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Jeff
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Leo's Secretary
Nancy Kandal ...
Leslie
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Congressman
Bernie McInerney ...
Congressman Millman
Jack Gilroy ...
Congressman Pennybaker
Matthew Saks ...
Congressional Staffer
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Gil
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Reporter Lloyd
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Reporter
Rick Garcia ...
Reporter
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Aide in Bar
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Sally
Greg Poland ...
Mark
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White House Staffer Laura
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White House Staffer Maria (as Jennifer Crystal)
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Deputy
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White House Aide
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White House Aide
Maud Winchester ...
White House Aide
Jeffrey Anderson ...
T.V. News Anchorman
Suzanne Michaels ...
T.V. News Anchorwoman
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Kenneth Michaels
David Drew Gallagher ...
New Guy
Todd Odom ...
Uniformed Secret Service Agent
Michael G. Alexander ...
Color Guard Officer
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Senator from Arizona (uncredited)
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Lobbyist Banquet (uncredited)
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TV Anchor (uncredited)
Roger Ferreira ...
Congressman (uncredited)
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Lobbyist (uncredited)
James Lasley ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Mark Norris ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Roger Steffens ...
Radio Announcer (uncredited) (voice)
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Herself (uncredited)
Ray Uhler ...
Senator (uncredited)

Directed by

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Rob Reiner

Written by

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Aaron Sorkin ... (written by)

Produced by

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Barbara Maltby ... associate producer
Charles Newirth ... executive producer
Rob Reiner ... producer
Jeffrey Stott ... executive producer

Music by

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Marc Shaiman

Cinematography by

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John Seale ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert Leighton

Editorial Department

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Alan Edward Bell ... associate editor
Karen Dimmig ... assistant editor
Albert Farrar ... assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn ... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Mo Henry ... negative cutter
Doug Jones ... negative cutter
Danny Miller ... assistant editor (as Dan Miller)

Casting By

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Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins

Production Design by

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Lilly Kilvert

Art Direction by

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John Warnke

Set Decoration by

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Karen O'Hara

Costume Design by

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Gloria Gresham

Makeup Department

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Janice Alexander ... hair stylist
Enzo Angileri ... hair stylist: Ms. Bening
Lydia Bensimmon ... hair stylist: Washington D.C. unit (as Lydia Bensimmon-Benaim)
Kathryn Blondell ... key hair stylist
Hallie D'Amore ... makeup artist
Tom Lucas ... makeup artist: Mr. Douglas
Carol Meikle ... hair stylist: Mr. Douglas
Valli O'Reilly ... makeup artist: Annette Bening
Daniel C. Striepeke ... key makeup artist
Carrie Angland ... makeup artist: Ms.Bening, Washington D.C. (uncredited)

Production Management

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Alan Edward Bell ... post-production supervisor
Allegra Clegg ... production supervisor
Charles Newirth ... unit production manager
Cliff Simms ... Pre-production Personal Assistant to Rob Reiner

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Frank Capra III ... first assistant director
William M. Connor ... second second assistant director (as Bill Connor)
Cherylanne Martin ... second assistant director
Alison C. Rosa ... second second assistant director: Washington
Laura Sylvester ... dga trainee

Art Department

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Carl Aldana ... production illustrator
Laurie Arnow-Epstein ... set estimator
Robert A. Blackburn ... general foreman
Tristan Paris Bourne ... on-set dresser
Lloyd A. Buswell ... construction welding foreman
Dennis Butterworth ... greensman
Frank Capello ... construction foreman
Patrick Cassidy ... set dresser
Chuck Eskridge ... stand-by painter
Andrea Mae Fenton ... set dressing buyer
Elizabeth Flaherty ... art department coordinator
Amanda J. Flick ... set painter
Trish Gallaher Glenn ... property master (as Trish Galaher Glenn)
Bryan D. Garofalo ... assistant property master
Jess Gonchor ... construction foreman
Joann Hicks ... assistant property master
John Holcombe ... construction foreman
Heidi Kashyap ... art department coordinator
Alan S. Kaye ... set designer
Jonas Kirk ... construction foreman
Sharon Lipton ... floral designer
Kathy Lucas ... set dresser (as Katherine Lucas)
James E. Marchwick ... set dresser
Michael Molen ... construction foreman
Louis Montejano ... set designer
Nick Navarro ... set designer
Christopher S. Nushawg ... assistant art director
Thomas J. O'Brien ... paint foreman
Eric Orbom ... set designer
Billy Salsberg ... carpenter
Tommy Samona ... set dresser
Quentin Schierenberg ... set dresser
Hal Schlax ... construction foreman
Kenneth Turek ... lead man
Robb W. Ward ... construction coordinator: Washington D.C.
Butch West ... construction coordinator
Elizabeth M. Burhop ... art department researcher (uncredited)
Travis Huffman ... propmaker (uncredited)
William H. Phen Jr. ... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Randal Woodward ... paint gang boss (uncredited)

Sound Department

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George Baetz ... boom operator
John Banuelos ... sound engineer
Beth Bergeron ... adr editor
John Brilhante ... sound recordist
Louis Counte ... adr recordist
John T. Cucci ... foley artist
Michael Dressel ... sound editor
Kim Drummond ... assistant sound editor (as Kim Haves)
Robert Eber ... sound mixer
Ryan Eldred ... apprentice sound editor
Alison Fisher ... dialogue editor
Leigh French ... adr voiceover coordinator
Nerses Gezalyan ... foley mixer
Jeff Gomillion ... adr mixer
Robert Grieve ... supervising sound editor
Kimberly Harris ... supervising adr editor
Gary A. Hecker ... foley artist
Tim Song Jones ... sound transferer
Gregory King ... supervising sound effects
Rick Kline ... re-recording mixer
Rob Knokes ... sound effects editor
Mark Lanza ... sound editor
John Murray ... foley editor
Rob Nokes ... sound effects editor
Kevin O'Connell ... re-recording mixer
Paul Parsons ... assistant sound editor
Dan Sharp ... sound recordist
Joel Shryack ... first assistant sound editor
Ed Simon ... foley recordist
Roger V. Stevenson ... boom operator
Daniel Yale ... sound editor
James Dehr ... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Hans Metz ... special effects foreman
Clay Pinney ... special effects supervisor
Martin Simon ... special effects
Douglas Retzler ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Okan Ataman ... sabre technical assistant
Kathleen Beeler ... computer graphics artist
Andrea Biklian ... optical line-up
Patricia Blau ... effects senior management
Robert Brophy ... CG systems engineer (as Bob Brophy)
Ronn Brown ... assistant matte artist
Anne Calanchini ... visual effects coordinator
Eric Chauvin ... digital matte painter
Caitlin Content ... sabre digital compositor
Betsy Cox ... computer graphics artist
Gail Currey ... CG production manager
Debbie Denise ... visual effects producer
John Ellis ... digital operations manager: ILM
Bart Giovanetti ... computer graphics supervisor
Grant Guenin ... sabre technical assistant
Mark Holmes ... sabre digital compositor
Nancy Luckoff ... CG systems coordinator
Jeff Mann ... effects senior management
Michael McGovern ... visual effects editor
Dan McNamara ... Sabre systems supervisor
Jim Morris ... senior effects manager
Patrick T. Myers ... computer graphics artist (as Pat Myers)
Jason Ortenberg ... sabre digital compositor
Joshua Pines ... scanning supervisor (as Josh Pines)
Ken Ralston ... visual effects supervisor
Durant Schoon ... CG technical assistant
Duncan Sutherland ... camera engineer
Yusei Uesugi ... digital matte painter
Lisa Van Cott ... scanning coordinator
Lisa Vaughn ... sabre coordinator
Bruce Vecchitto ... optical supervisor
Matt Wallin ... computer graphics assistant
John Whisnant ... scanner operator
Tom Williams ... effects senior management
Kevin Willmering ... computer graphics artist: ILM
Rebecca Ramsey ... title producer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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John Agalsoff Jr. ... video assist operator
Ismael Araujo Jr. ... grip
James Babineaux ... best boy electric
Hans Bjerno ... camera operator: Wescam, Washington D.C.
Branch M. Brunson ... rigging best boy
Clyde E. Bryan ... assistant camera: VistaVision
Kat Bueno ... grip
J. Patrick Daily ... key grip
Peter Drinco ... grip
François Duhamel ... still photographer
Jack English ... gaffer
Erik A. Erichsen ... rigging best boy
Rachel A. Flores ... grip
Juan M. García ... rigging best boy
John Gazdik ... assistant camera: VistaVision
Scott Graves ... dimmer board operator / electrician
Gene Hara ... electrician
M. Todd Henry ... camera operator
Kent H. Jorgensen ... dolly grip
Robert Glenn Ketchum ... photographer: landscape photographs
Trevor Loomis ... second assistant camera
Christopher Lyons ... electrician
Bruce MacCallum ... camera operator: Washington D.C.
Rick Maddux ... electrician
Michael Maguire ... rigging grip
J. Steven Matzinger ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Michael McGuire ... rigging key grip
Charlie McIntyre ... rigging gaffer (as Charles McIntyre III)
Nicola Pecorini ... Steadicam operator
Calmar Roberts ... first assistant camera
Rodney Sandoval ... camera loader
George Schaafsma ... camera technician: Wescam, Washington D.C.
Gihan 'Sandy' Seneviratne ... electrician
Chris Silano ... first assistant camera: Washington D.C.
Dean Striepeke ... 24 frame video operator
Stephen Thorp ... electrician
Pat Turner ... camera operator: VistaVision
Greg Wardell ... electrician
Tom West ... best boy grip
Eric Whitehead ... grip
Nancy Wray ... grip (as Nancy Diambekov)
George M. Chappell ... electrician (uncredited)
Mark Duncan ... second assistant camera: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Chris Funk ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Jason Gary ... grip (uncredited)
Jesse Mather ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Jim McConocha ... electrician (uncredited)
Kevin McNeil ... grip (uncredited)
Marty Miller ... rigging grip (uncredited)
Juan Morse ... electrician (uncredited)
David Norris ... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Rick Strodel ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Karen Church ... casting assistant
Helen Mayer ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Fran Allgood ... costumer: Mr. Douglas
Betty Birkowski ... costumer: Washington D.C. unit
Elizabeth Clark ... costumer
Rudolph Garcia ... costumer
Adrienne Manhan ... costumer
Jennifer Morrison ... costumer: Ms. Bening
Chuck Velasco ... costume supervisor
Diana Wilson ... costumer
Pamela Wise ... costume supervisor
Bridgitte Ferry ... costumer (uncredited)
Gina DeDomenico Flanagan ... costume digital artist (uncredited)

Location Management

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Stephanie Antosca ... assistant location manager: Washington D.C.
Richard Davis Jr. ... location manager
Steven D. Levine ... assistant location manager
Peggy Pridemore ... location manager: Washington D.C.
Bill McCamey ... location nurse (uncredited)

Music Department

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Jeff Atmajian ... orchestrator
Terry Brown ... assistant music engineer
Lane Burch ... assistant music engineer
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
Greg Dennen ... assistant music engineer
Mark Eshelman ... assistant music engineer
Arlene Fishbach ... music supervisor
Mark Herman ... assistant music editor
Artie Kane ... conductor
Jo Ann Kane ... music preparation
Dennis S. Sands ... score mixer
Marc Shaiman ... music producer
Scott Stambler ... supervising music editor
Bill Talbott ... assistant music engineer (as Bill Talbot)
Fred Vogler ... assistant music engineer
Larry Blank ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Nick Vidar ... music programmer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Charles Conn ... driver
Thomas P. Donovan ... driver (as Tom Donovan)
Joe Dugan ... driver
Sean Dugen ... driver
Glen Enzen ... driver
Ronnie D. Huffey ... driver
Howard Jackson ... driver
Joe Jaramillo ... driver
Morgan Jones ... driver
Darwin Joston ... driver
Steve Mann ... transportation captain
Tim C. McHenry ... driver
Dennis McLaughlin ... driver
Patrick A. McLaughlin ... driver
Edward A. Powell ... driver
Tim Roslan ... transportation coordinator
Craig Scott ... driver
Timothy Sheehan ... driver (as Tim Sheehan)
Howard Taft ... driver
Robert Vincent ... driver
Eddie Lee Voelker ... transportation coordinator: Washington D.C.

Other crew

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Emidio Antonio ... stand-in
Lori Arnold ... production assistant
Tim Atzinger ... production assistant
Catherine Balsam-Schwaber ... consultant: White House
Jennifer Bell ... production assistant
Robert Bennett ... stand-in
Kristin Bernstein ... production assistant (as Kristin Cameron)
Jan Bickler ... post-production accountant
Andrea Bronzo ... plate photography coordinator
Jonathan Capra ... production assistant
Gerrard Coffey ... accounting clerk
Kyle Cooper ... title designer
Tracey Costello ... stand-in
Charles Croughwell ... stand-in: Mr. Fox
Jeff Dash ... assistant accountant
Dan Dobson ... 24 frame computer display operator
Pam Ellington ... production accountant
Michael Everett ... 24 frame computer display operator
Leslie Feibelman ... accounting clerk
Veronica Ferran ... stand-in
Laurie G. Firestone ... state dinner consultant
Paige Fischer ... assistant: Mr. Reiner
Jay Gianukos ... production assistant
Jamie Gordon ... assistant: Mr. Newirth
Richard Grant ... click meister
Sam Haggin ... stand-in
Craig Hosking ... helicopter pilot: Washington D.C.
Debra James ... production coordinator
Pam Jones ... assistant: Mr. Reiner
Michael Kaufman ... projectionist
Shelley Kirkwood ... unit publicist
Rob Klein ... production assistant
David R. Lawson ... first aid
Stacy Mar ... production assistant
Dan March ... video coordinator
Gail Martin-Sheridan ... production accountant
Dakotah Masset ... stand-in
Dylan K. Massin ... production assistant
Kerry Lyn McKissick ... script supervisor
Jamie Midgley ... assistant: Mr. Douglas
Ellen Moore ... assistant: Ms. Bening
Bettina Tendler O'Mara ... product promotions coordinator
Anthony D. Parrillo ... production assistant
Patty Presock ... consultant: White House
Catherine Rae Purves ... assistant: Mr. Stott
Willie Radcliff ... craft service
Anne Rapp ... script supervisor: Washington D.C.
Margaret L. Schlaifer ... teacher
Douglas V.R. Shellow ... production assistant
Alison Sherman ... production coordinator: Washington D.C.
Robert R. Snow ... secret service consultant
Paul Taglianetti ... 24 frame computer display operator / video image supervisor
Tom Tierney ... 24 frame computer display operator
Philip Wood ... travel services
Frank D. Woodward ... caterer
Laurie Arnow-Epstein ... construction accountant (uncredited)
Paul LaZebnik ... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Anne Verrier Scatolini ... stand-in (uncredited)
Bruce Wright ... display graphics (uncredited)

Thanks

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Lou Butera ... special thanks
Charles Corrado ... special thanks
Robin Dickey ... special thanks
Chad Griffin ... special thanks
Nancy LaLuntas ... special thanks (as Major Nancy Laluntas)
Steve Schweitzer ... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Why can't the most powerful man in the world have the one thing he wants most? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Perfect Couple (Japan, English title)
  • Le président et Miss Wade (France)
  • Hallo, Mr. President (Germany)
  • El presidente y Miss Wade (Spain)
  • Mi querido presidente (Peru)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Box Office

Budget $62,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $47,800,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia Before the movie starting shooting, Michael J. Fox was still keeping his Parkinson's disease a secret. He felt he would lose the role if Rob Reiner found out. During a basic and routine fitness screening, Fox was terrified that clinicians would detect the periodic shaking in his left hand and eventually connect it to Parkinson's. Fortunately for Fox, he took his medication in time to quell the shaking and the test amounted to nothing more than checking heart rate and blood pressure. See more »
Goofs After the President's big speech at the end of the movie, staff members are walking quickly back to re-write the State of the Union address. After Leon says "Well, you don't see that every day," Louis says "Yeah - he's got the members of the press corps asking each other how to spell 'erudite.'" Although the president never uses the word 'erudite' in his speech, erudite is an apt description of his demeanor during the speech. This was a reference to his demeanor, not a reference to something he said. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The American President/Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls/Kicking and Screaming/Carrington/Total Eclipse (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, BWV 1050, 1st Movement: Allegro See more »
Quotes President Andrew Shepherd: [in the white house press room] For the last couple of months, Senator Rumson has suggested that being president of this country was, to a certain extent, about character, and although I have not been willing to engage in his attacks on me, I've been here three years and three days, and I can tell you without hesitation: Being President of this country is entirely about character. For the record: yes, I am a card-carrying member of the ACLU. But the more important question is why aren't you, Bob? Now, this is an organization whose sole purpose is to defend the Bill of Rights, so it naturally begs the question: Why would a senator, his party's most powerful spokesman and a candidate for President, choose to reject upholding the Constitution? If you can answer that question, folks, then you're smarter than I am, because I didn't understand it until a few hours ago. America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the "land of the free". I've known Bob Rumson for years, and I've been operating under the assumption that the reason Bob devotes so much time and energy to shouting at the rain was that he simply didn't get it. Well, I was wrong. Bob's problem isn't that he doesn't get it. Bob's problem is that he can't sell it! We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who's to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections. You gather a group of middle-aged, middle-class, middle-income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about family and American values and character. And wave an old photo of the President's girlfriend and you scream about patriotism and you tell them, she's to blame for their lot in life, and you go on television and you call her a whore. Sydney Ellen Wade has done nothing to you, Bob. She has done nothing but put herself through school, represent the interests of public school teachers, and lobby for the safety of our natural resources. You want a character debate, Bob? You better stick with me, 'cause Sydney Ellen Wade is way out of your league.
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President Andrew Shepherd: I've loved two women in my life. I lost one to cancer, and I lost the other 'cause I was so busy keeping my job I forgot to do my job. Well, that ends right now. Tomorrow morning, the White House is sending a bill to Congress for its consideration. It's White House Resolution 455, an energy bill requiring a 20 percent reduction of the emission of fossil fuels over the next ten years. It is by far the most aggressive stride ever taken in the fight to reverse the effects of global warming. The other piece of legislation is the crime bill. As of today, it no longer exists. I'm throwing it out. I'm throwing it out writing a law that makes sense. You cannot address crime prevention without getting rid of assault weapons and handguns. I consider them a threat to national security, and I will go door to door if I have to, but I'm gonna convince Americans that I'm right, and I'm gonna get the guns. We've got serious problems, and we need serious people, and if you want to talk about character, Bob, you'd better come at me with more than a burning flag and a membership card. If you want to talk about character and American values, fine. Just tell me where and when, and I'll show up. This is a time for serious people, Bob, and your fifteen minutes are up. My name is Andrew Shepherd, and I *am* the President.
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