The American President

6.81 h 53 min1995X-RayPG-13
Politics, the press and deeply held values collide in this intelligent romantic comedy when Andrew Shepherd falls in love with beautiful environmental lobbyist Sydney Wade.
Rob Reiner
Michael DouglasAnnette BeningMartin Sheen
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Michael J. FoxAnna Deavere SmithSamantha MathisShawna WaldronDavid PaymerAnne HaneyRichard DreyfussNina SiemaszkoWendie MalickBeau BillingsleaGail StricklandJoshua MalinaClement von FranckensteinEfrat LaviJohn Mahoney
Rob Reiner
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TulliaReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
"This isn't a State of Mind"
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"This isn't a State of mind. You are the president." Annette Bening says this to Michael Douglas in "The American President."

Indeed, Michael Douglas is portrayed as the American president, the perfect president, the way our president should be, one who has "a deeper love of this country of any man I've ever known." (Michael J. Fox to Michael Douglas.) This film shows a sensitive, intelligent, caring, loving president who fights for what he believes in. Moreover, he's handsome, a good dancer, the most powerful man in the world. This is, of course, a political distinction.

The depiction of the Oval Office is just grand. Rob Reiner did a magnificent job in directing this film. The cast is outstanding.

I have watched this film five times. And I'll watch it five more times.
17 people found this helpful
The GodfatherReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2018
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A movie and a TV series -- sort of
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A guilty pleasure. There's something about this movie that gets to me. Maybe it's the President that Michael Douglas portrays. Maybe he is the president I'd like to have. He's a nice guy and caring and fair with a sense of humor. This is more a love story than any political intrigue and could definitely be considered a "chick flick" (politically incorrect?). I think one of the things that draws me to this movie is its connection with West Wing, one of my all time favorite TV series. There are a few plot lines that writer Aaron Sorkin incorporated into his TV show and several of the cast members of the movie ended up as regulars in the series, albeit in different roles. Martin Sheen, chief of staff in the movie, was president in the TV show. Anna Deavere Smith is another of the cast carried over in the TV show. In both the movie and the TV show there are many characters that you grow to like. I resisted buying this DVD for a long time but finally said what the heck. If I was channel surfing and came across the movie, I'd stop and watch it regardless of where in was in the movie so I felt it was time to just buy the DVD.
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jcpReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Very Entertaining Romantic Comedy!
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I loved this movie. It made me long for a President with high moral standards, dignity, decency, humanity, and respectability.
I found it quite interesting that the main political issues that were being debated in this film that was made almost 25 years ago were climate change and gun control. It made me sad that we have made no progress on either issue.
Both Michael Douglas and Annette Bening gave wonderful performances. Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox and the rest of the supporting staff were terrific as well.
Overall, this was a very entertaining and enjoyable movie.
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happy camperReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rob Reiner masterpiece love story with a sane good President
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In this time of political chaos under President Trump I turned to this movie to relieve myself of the political circus under my partys' command by President Trump. It tells of an American president who is widowed and falls for an woman who works for the Global Defense Committee. Michael Douglas and Annette Benning are perfectly cast as two people falling in love under adverse conditions. With his second campaign coming around he must ignore the scandalizing by Senator Rumson(Richard Dryfuss )as he has a country to run. I love this romantic political satire and wish he was my current President instead of the current joke. With excellent supporting performances by Martin Sheen , Michael J Fox ,and many others it reminds me of how a country should be run. I heard it was a West Wing retread but have never watched that tv showOne of my always watchable flicks .
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Cate B. TutenReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful film----just don't agree with it
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Well, I'd like to address this to Americans. I'd like to say the acting was wonderful and I do so love a great romantic comedy. The script was amazing in my humble opinion. One of the reasons I say so is because of the great screen writing by Mr. Sorkin. He is one of the best writers of our time and it goes to show how good screen writing, dead on dialog and excellent rhetoric can sway people and votes. Because of that, and I'm a Staunch Conservative, he had me pulling for the man in office even though I so disagree with this films political stance. It was so left leaning, and shows how Hollywood really feels it was embarrassing. Yet, it gets my vote because of the brilliance of it. And it showed me first hand how desperately we all need to be educated. How we all need to see and understand rhetoric. Understand how powerful it can be if delivered expertly as this fictional president did. We must see this and be wise in our choices and to two whom we listen, no matter which side we are on politically. I hope for the day when we will all just be Americans and not have to take sides, but until that day, know and understand why you're on the side you're on. Check your mind and your heart. And do not let politicians, (no matter how handsome and tall and strong, no matter how his family life or love life makes you swoon), sway you............again, great job Hollywood for showing my point first hand.
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Dr. PaulReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great film for those who like Aaron Sorkin and well done American political drama
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It was the film that spawned The West Wing - from the same screenwriter/writer/creator. It’s where many of us first saw the writing, character types, and ideals that would define one of tv’s best shows. The American President stars Michael Douglas as POTUS - the kind you want to cheer for because they are intelligent, caring, utilize critical thought, and cares about the greater purpose of the job. A widower with a teen daughter, he’s doing what he can to make a positive difference for his country while making sure his daughter feels loved, grounded, and getting her history done. Add in the political chaos, a lovely and intelligent lobbyist, and a scandal as only political can do, then step back and watch great characters and amazing dialog carry you along.

I love this film for its humor, humanity, and intelligence - all things Sorkin would bring in West Wing. If you’re a fan of that show, Michael Douglas, or politics, this is a great film. I’m glad Amazon had a nice deal so we could add it to our streaming library.
teols2016Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
President Michael Douglas
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I've always been a fan of films from the 90s, and this film is a gem among the seabed. The predecessor to "The West Wing" (seriously, see how many plot points are later repeated in that show), this film stars Michael Douglas as a father, widower, resident of Wisconsin, card-carrying member of the ACLU, member of the Democractic Party, and...oh yeah, President of the United States. Facing an approaching re-election, a fierce Republican rival, a crime bill headed for Congress, a state dinner with the President of France, problems with the Middle East, and a possible love interest, played by Annette Bening, the man's day is certainly never boring...and neither is this film. Michael Douglas comes off as a likable guy, so it's no wonder that he enters this film under high regard and respect. Unfortunetly, his desire to keep his job (who doesn't have that these days) soon interfears with all that high regard and respect stuff and the White House staff find themselves on shakey grounds. Annette Bening's character is definetly more focused as she fights to save the envierment and hopes to get the president's support for such a plan. Though a deal is struck, both characters have a lot of work ahead of them and will have their character and marols tested along the way. This is a film worth watching and owning if you can never seem to catch it on television. While there are those who regard this film as a "libereal fantasy", I remind everyone that it's simply a movie and not a documentary. If you want to learn about politics, read a book. Otherwise, just enjoy this film.
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Stacy L.Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful and Great
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A Rob Reiner movie starring Annette Bening, Michael Douglas and Martin Sheen...what’s not to love about this film? It takes place mostly in the “White House” when is so beautifully replicated. I love a good presidential movie, but add some “not so made up” love story in with it and it was delightful and quite touching.
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