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Format: DVD
Sku: 202221930
UPC: 053939266023
UPC 14: 00053939266023
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A Rob Reiner Film.
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.

"Two enthusiastic thumbs up! Very smart, very funny.  Siskel & Ebert

Editor's 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?


Video Features DVD, Gift Set, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/18/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 114 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1995
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2660
Video UPC UPC: 00053939266023
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Annette Bening
Video Cast Info Martin Sheen
Video Cast Info Michael Douglas
Video Cast Info Michael J. Fox
Video Cast Info Aaron Sorkin - Writer
Video Cast Info Barbara Maltby - Producer
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Stott - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info John Seale - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Marc Shaiman - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Rob Reiner - Director
Video Cast Info Robert Leighton - Editor
Plot 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.


Golden Globe (1996)
   Video Award Name Aaron Sorkin, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Annette Bening, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical

Oscar (1996)
   Video Award Name Marc Shaiman, Nominee, Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score

Golden Globe (1996)
   Video Award Name Michael Douglas, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
   Video Award Name Rob Reiner, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name The American President, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical

Memorable Quotes

"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)

Professional Reviews

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

"...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

ReelViews 7 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli 8 of 10
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. - Robert Payne

Product Attributes

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