American President

Directed By: Rob Reiner Starring: Annette Bening Michael Douglas

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Fantasy to Politics

on 4/12/2013

"The American President" is a terrific film about politics, romance, sex, and real life. Michael Douglas leads a terrific cast of characters that I love to hear talk to each other over & over again. I've seen this film so many times, I nearly have it memorized. President Andy Sheppard (Douglas) is having problems pushing his crime bill through Congress, but those problems intensify when he finds himself falling for the beautiful environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening).

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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 208930832
UPC 883929039982
UPC 14 00883929039982
Format DVD
Release Date 12/7/2010
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
David Paymer - Star
Anna Deavere Smith - Star
Annette Bening - Star
Richard Dreyfuss - Star
Michael J. Fox - Star
Michael Douglas - Star
Martin Sheen - Star
Samantha Mathis - Star
Aaron Sorkin - Screenwriter
Rob Reiner - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 1000043220
UPC 00883929039982
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 115 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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