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The American President

  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • 1995
  • Rob Reiner
  • 109 mins
  • 15

Summary

Romantic comedy starring Michael Douglas, Annette Bening and Michael J Fox. Andrew Shepherd finds it tough being the President of the United States. What with running the country and bringing up a daughter on his own, the chance of going on a date with a woman is absolutely nil. Then one day he meets Sydney Ellen Wade and a certain chemical reaction takes place that makes running the country seem like a piece of cake. But just where does the President take someone on a date?

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Andrew ShepherdMichael Douglas (1)
Sydney Ellen WadeAnnette Bening
Lewis RothschildMichael J Fox
Leon KodakDavid Paymer
AJ MacInerneyMartin Sheen
Robin McCallAnna Deavere Smith
Janie BasdinSamantha Mathis
Senator RumsonRichard Dreyfuss
Leo SolomonJohn Mahoney
Lucy ShepherdShawna Waldron

Crew

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DirectorRob Reiner

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Released on
1995-12-08
Languages
English | French | Spanish
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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