The American President Poster

Release Date: 1995

DVD Release Date: August 31st, 1999

PG-13|1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary
With the end of his first term in sight, widowed U.S. President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas) knows that overwhelming public support will guarantee his re-election. But when he falls in love with lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening), Shepherd's supporters question the relationship, and his approval ratings drop. As a rival presidential candidate goes on the attack, Shepherd must choose between his political career and his love for Sydney.

Cast: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, David Paymer, Samantha Mathis, John Mahoney, Anna Deavere Smith

Director: Rob Reiner

Genres: Romance, Comedy drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Universal Pictures, Castle Rock Entertainment, Wildwood Enterprises

Keywords: 1990s, Witty, Endearing, Amusing, Forbidden love, Transformation, Rivalry

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A super cast injects it with Teddy Roosevelt vitality. [17 Nov 1995, p.D1]

  • An old-fashioned movie. It is simplistic, full of stock characters and easy solutions to difficult problems, and I absolutely loved it. show more

  • Watching The American President, I felt respect for the craft that went into it: the flawless re-creation of the physical world of the White House, the smart and accurate dialogue, the manipulation of the love story to tug our heartstrings. show more

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Nominated Music (Original Music or Comedy Score)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy