American President-Gift Set

Directed By: Rob Reiner Starring: Annette Bening Michael Douglas

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The stage is set for political disaster when the president of the united states begins dating an attractive lobbyist, giving his detractors ammunition to orchestrate his fall.


Studio Warner
SKU 202221930
UPC 053939266023
UPC 14 00053939266023
Format DVD
Release Date 4/18/2006
Rating Rating
Love Story
Social Issues
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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 Summary
Summary 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "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)
Quote "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)
Rolling Stone "...An exuberant romantic comedy..." 11/30/1995 p.76
Sight and Sound "...[A] very funny film....[Bening] displays a sort of twinkly dynamism that no other actress in Hollywood can quite match..." 01/01/1996 p.36
USA Today "...A super cast injects it with Teddy Roosevelt vitality..." 11/17/1995 p.1D
Variety "...Douglas and Bening are more than up to the challenge, delivering winning turns..." 11/06/1995
Chicago Sun-Times "...A great entertainment....The movie is, above all, a witty and warm romance....One of the year's best films..." 11/17/1995 p.41
Rob Reiner
Annette Bening
Michael Douglas
Cast & Crew
Aaron Sorkin - Writer
Annette Bening - Actor
Barbara Maltby - Producer
Jeffrey Stott - Executive Producer
John Seale - Cinematographer
Marc Shaiman - Original Music By
Martin Sheen - Actor
Michael Douglas - Actor
Michael J. Fox - Actor
Rob Reiner - Director
Robert Leighton - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 2660
UPC 00053939266023
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 114 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Golden Globe (1996) Aaron Sorkin, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Annette Bening, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Michael Douglas, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Rob Reiner, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture,The American President, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Oscar (1996) Marc Shaiman, Nominee, Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The cast is solid, with Michael Douglas doing a credible job as the Commander-in-Chief, Annette Bening being alternately winsome and tough, and Martin Sheen offering hard advice as the Chief of Staff. Michael J. Fox does a believable George Stephanopoulos-type and Shawna Waldron is appealing as the President's daughter. Only Richard Dreyfuss, whose one-note bad guy grates, doesn't do much with his character.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
Review The print is crisp and clear, though its tone is just a bit pale. Skin tones in particular look slightly washed out, but not enough to be really annoying. The sound, remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, is vibrant and clean, highlighting Marc Shaiman's reserved, noble score. Bottom line: If you're a fan of the cast or a sucker for slick romantic comedies, The American President is the movie for you, a better-than-average flick sporting its most handsome home video version yet on this no-frills DVD.
Reviewer Robert Payne
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Gift Set, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Siskel & Ebert Two enthusiastic thumbs up! Very smart, very funny.

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