The American President PG-13

Why can't the most powerful man in the world have the one thing he wants most?
The American President
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 28, 2008
  • Originally Released: 1995
  • Label: Castle Rock
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital - English
    • Dolby Surround 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - English, French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I think it went well. She threatened me, I condescended to her. I think there might be a future there."
  - President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas)
"I'm going to get her flowers. Isn't that what men do when they break a date'"--President Andrew Shepherd
"That is not what men do. I know no men who do that."
  - Robin McColl (Anna Deveare Smith)

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh91%

Total Count: 55


User Ratings: 55,041
Genial middlebrow fare that coasts a long way on the charm of its two stars. Full Review
Feb 13, 2001
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Filmmaker Rob Reiner has infused The American President with a breezy, compulsively watchable feel that's perpetuated and heightened by the stars' winning performances... Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Dec 3, 2018
...Douglas and Bening are more than up to the challenge, delivering winning turns...
Nov 6, 1995
Rating: 8/10 -- My favorite Sorkin film. Great script and wonderful chemistry between the leads Full Review
Rachel's Reviews (YouTube)
May 8, 2019
Rating: B- -- Light, fluffy romantic comedy, well acted by Michael Douglas. Full Review
May 4, 2011
Despite lapses into sentimental corn-notably in scenes with the president's 12-year-old daughter-director Rob Reiner has crafted a whimsical fable that packs a deceptive punch. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Oct 14, 2019
Rating: B- -- A genial and glossy middle-brow rom/com blended together with corny Capra-like political drama. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Sep 27, 2015

Product Description:

Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas) is a handsome, youthful widower and a dedicated Democrat raising a teenage daughter. He also just happens to be the president of the United States of America, and a very popular one at that. Unfortunately, he's also quite lonely, and the life of a president leaves little time for dating. But when he meets luminous lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening), he's instantly smitten and impulsively (and somewhat awkwardly) asks her out to a state dinner. Shocked and highly uncertain of what she's getting into, Sydney accepts his invitation, and the courting process begins--to the unrelenting delight of the media. The chief executive's protective staff, however, isn't so sure the romance is a good thing, particularly when political paparazzi capture Sydney spending the night in the presidential bedroom. While intriguing to the press, the affair spells trouble in the form of Republican presidential hopeful Bob Rumson (Richard Dreyfuss), who uses the romance to attack Shepherd's supposed lack of family values and moral instincts. Rumson's ploy works--Shepherd's popularity plummets, weakening his reelection bid, his hand on Capitol Hill, and ultimately threatening his relationship with Sydney. If Shepherd salvages his political career, will it be at the expense of Sydney's love'

Plot Synopsis:

In director Rob Reiner's THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, the young, widowed U.S. president--at the peak of his popularity--falls in love with an environmental lobbyist and discovers that mixing his personal life with the presidency isn't as simple as he thought--especially during an election year.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: November 17, 1995.
  • Filmed in Washington, D.C. and California.
  • Director Rob Reiner and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin also collaborated on A FEW GOOD MEN.
  • Martin Sheen, who plays A.J. MacInernery in the film, would go on to play the president of the United States himself a few years later on the acclaimed TV series THE WEST WING, executive produced and written by Sorkin.
  • Anna Deveare Smith also appears in the presidental comedy DAVE and on THE WEST WING series.
  • Wildwood Enterprises is Robert Redford's production company. Redford had planned to star in the film (originally titled THE PRESIDENT ELOPES) for years, but pulled out after a script rewrite emphasized politics in addition to romance.
  • The White House interior sets in this film were also used in Oliver Stone's NIXON and Mel Brooks's DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT.
  • The film earned $58.5 million at the box office.

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