The American President

November 17th, 1995


The American President

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Comedy-drama about a widowed US president and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all aboveboard, but "politics is perception" and sparks fly anyway.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 6.7/10 (27,355 voted)

Critic's Score: 67/100

Director: Rob Reiner

Stars: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen

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.

Michael Douglas - President Andrew Shepherd
Annette Bening - Sydney Ellen Wade
Martin Sheen - A.J. MacInerney
Michael J. Fox - Lewis Rothschild
Anna Deavere Smith - Robin McCall
Samantha Mathis - Janie Basdin
Shawna Waldron - Lucy Shepherd
David Paymer - Leon Kodak
Anne Haney - Mrs. Chapil
Richard Dreyfuss - Senator Bob Rumson
Nina Siemaszko - Beth Wade
Wendie Malick - Susan Sloan
Beau Billingslea - Agent Cooper
Gail Strickland - Esther MacInerney
Joshua Malina - David

Taglines: Why can't the most powerful man in the world have the one thing he wants most?


Official Website: interactive p etc |

Release Date: 17 November 1995

Filming Locations: Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $62,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $65,000,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The main theme, by composer Marc Shaiman, can often be heard in the queue area of the attraction, Soarin' Over California, in Disney's California Adventure. The theme was also used as the background music in ABC television's coverage of President Ronald Reagan's funeral.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): During a White House Christmas party, Sydney recounts an incident on Dupont Circle, prompting AJ to ask "What were you doing up on the Hill". But Dupont Circle is northwest of the White House and Capitol Hill is to the southeast. She was away from the Hill.

A.J.: Mr. President, this is an election year. If you're looking for female companionship, we can make certain arrangements that will ensure total privacy.
President Andrew Shepherd: I don't want you to get me a girl, A.J.! What is this, Vegas?
A.J.: No sir, this is the White House.

User Review

Better than apple pie

Rating: 10/10

This Reiner flick is a gem of the nineties. In its genre probably the best thing to hit the screens since Capra rounded them up over half a century ago.

The story itself is nothing extraordinary. Set in Washington it is a simple tale of love between lobbyist Sidney Wade and widow President Andrew Sheperd. Flung into love they both encounter obstacles as both opposition and political differences tear them apart. No need to worry though, all is well that ends well. And Reiner is not the one to slip one on us.

What makes this film shine above most are not the development of characters or the underdeveloped political statements. Its the achievement of giving audiences 90 minutes of pure bliss. Douglas is lovable as president, Beattys spouse makes you jealous as always, J. Fox never misses an opportunity to display huge talent and Dreyfuss is just the kind of guy you love to hate. Add a dose of victorious political correctness and top it of with a final speech that raises the hair on any kinds of neck but rednecks, and you got your evening made.

Enjoy !


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