The American President

The American President

Rob Reiner (1995)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This gleaming, witty and irresistible romantic comedy from director Rob Reiner often harks back to the films of Frank Capra and was one of several White House-based movies made in the wake of Bill Clinton's election. Shot on an impressive full-size mock-up of the White House's business and domestic quarters, the picture stars Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd. Recently widowed and the father of a young daughter, Shepherd is in need of female company at official functions. Eco-lobbyist Annette Bening fits the bill and, after he dances with her in public, the press go into speculative overdrive. The script makes fun of the president's isolation (it's almost impossible for him to make a personal phone call or even buy a bunch of flowers) and Douglas gives a commanding performance that is far removed from his earlier roles in films such as Fatal Attraction and Falling Down. Bening is also terrific, combining the politically correct attitudes of the 1990s with Lauren Bacall's slinky sophistication and Jean Arthur's bubbly wit. The odd cliché apart, this is perfect entertainment.


The US president embarks on a relationship with an environmental lobbyist - but his delighted opponents jump at the chance to drag the pair through the gutter press, putting their romance and his career in jeopardy. Rob Reiner's political comedy, starring Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Richard Dreyfuss and Michael J Fox.

Cast & Crew

Andrew Shepherd Michael Douglas (1)
Sydney Ellen Wade Annette Bening
Lewis Rothschild Michael J Fox
Leon Kodak David Paymer
AJ MacInerney Martin Sheen
Robin McCall Anna Deavere Smith
Janie Basdin Samantha Mathis
Senator Rumson Richard Dreyfuss
Leo Solomon John Mahoney
Lucy Shepherd Shawna Waldron
Director Rob Reiner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama