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The American President (1995)



Critic Consensus: A charming romantic comedy with political bite, Rob Reiner's American President features strong lead performances and some poignant observations of politics and media in the 1990s.

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How does the widowed leader of the free world balance his many obligations to his country with the ordinary demands and everyday rites of courtship? When President Andrew Shepherd, quite unexpectedly, falls in love with Sydney Wade, an environmental lobbyist, he must overcome obstacles not faced by average citizens; he must worry that the public's right to know will collide with the desire for personal privacy. He must contend with approval ratings, an inquiring press and an aggressive political opponent just to go on a date. The President's advisors, chief of staff, domestic policy advisor, White House pollster and press secretary help him get through his busy schedule, deal with demands of congress and quell any global predicaments. But political crises are different than personal ones and somehow the American President alone must find a way to balance his love for his country with his love for an incredible woman.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language.)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Aaron Sorkin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 31, 1999
Columbia Pictures


Michael Douglas
as Andrew Shepherd
Annette Bening
as Sydney Ellen Wade
Martin Sheen
as A.J. MacInerney
Michael J. Fox
as Lewis Rothschild
David Paymer
as Leon Kodak
Samantha Mathis
as Janie Basdin
Richard Dreyfuss
as Sen. Robert Rumson
Anna Deavere Smith
as Robin McCall
Shawna Waldron
as Lucy Shepherd
Anne Haney
as Mrs. Chapil
Nina Siemaszko
as Beth Wade
Wendie Malick
as Susan Sloan
Beau Billingslea
as Agent Cooper
Gail Strickland
as Esther MacInerney
Clement von Francken...
as President D'Astier
Efrat Lavie
as Madame D'Astier
John Mahoney
as Leo Solomon
John Mahon
as Chairman of the Join...
Tom Dahlgren
as Defense Secretary
Kurt A. Boesen
as Security Advisor
Joseph Latimore
as Secret Service Agent
Darryl Alan Reed
as Secret Service Agent
Andrew Steel
as Secret Service Agent
Steve Gonzales
as Hud Secretary
Richard McGonagle
as Rumson Staffer
Frank Cavestani
as Rumson Staffer
Richard Stahl
as Rumson Staffer
Mathew Saks
as Congressional Staffe...
Beans Morocco
as Doorkeeper
Kathryn Ish
as Education Secretary
Kamilah Martin
as Flower Girl
Leslie Bega
as White House Staffer ...
Augie Blunt
as Groundskeeper
Steven Gonzalez
as Hud Secretary
Karen Maruyama
as Leo's Secretary
George Murdock
as Congressman
Bernie McInerney
as Congressman Millman
Jack Gilroy
as Congressman Pennybak...
Matthew Saks
as Congressional Staffe...
Ron Canada
as Reporter Lloyd
Brian Pietro
as Reporter
Rick Garcia
as Reporter
Aaron Sorkin
as Aide in Bar
Leslie Rae Bega
as White House Staffer ...
Jennifer Crystal
as White House Staffer ...
Nick Toth
as White House Aide
Jorge Noa
as White House Aide
Maud Winchester
as White House Aide
Jeffrey Anderson
as TV News Anchorman
Suzanne Michaels
as TV News Anchorwoman
Mark Thompson
as Kenneth Michaels
Todd Odom
as Uniformed Secret Ser...
Michael G. Alexander
as Color Guard Officer
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Critic Reviews for The American President

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (18)

Part romantic comedy, part Capra-corny political drama, this movie exudes so much sympathy, it sweats.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

With great looks, a dandy supporting cast, a zinger-filled screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and Mr. Douglas twinkling merrily in the Oval Office, The American President is sunny enough to make the real Presidency pale by comparison.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Genial middlebrow fare that coasts a long way on the charm of its two stars.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Top Critic

Genial and entertaining if not notably inspired.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic


Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The American President will make you laugh and make you smile. But it probably won't make you change your vote.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The American President

This is a very good romantic dramedy. Douglas and Bening put on fine performances and display great chemistry. It is Sorkin's screenplay, however, that makes the movie great. Sorkin does a great job every time he picks up a pen, and this is no exception.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

From the moment that Douglas & Bening meet in the oval office you know that this is going to be a movie that you'll want to watch over & over again to watch the romance, Sheen & Douglas at their best & Michael J. Fox as Douglas's annoying partner that you love. I'm so happy that I finally got to watch this movie!!! :) I love it! :) A must see! :) One of the greatest films of all-time! :) :) :) :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


Netflix said I'd give it 5 stars...They almost got it right.

Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer

The American President Quotes

Sydney Ellen Wade: How'd you finally do it?
President Andrew Shepherd: Do what?
Sydney Ellen Wade: Manage to give a woman flowers and be president at the same time.
President Andrew Shepherd: Well it turns out, I've got a rose garden.
– Submitted by Hunter I (4 years ago)
Robin McCall: Fellas, we haven't slept in three years. Can't we forget about work for one night and take a moment to enjoy each other as friends? It's Christmas.
Lewis Rothschild: It's Christmas?
Leon Kodak: Yeah. You didn't get the memo?
– Submitted by Hunter I (4 years ago)

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