Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas) is a handsome, youthful widower and a dedicated Democrat raising a teenage daughter. He also just happens to be the president of the United States of America, and a very popular one at that. Unfortunately, he's also quite lonely, and the life of a president leaves little time for dating. But when he meets luminous lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening), he's instantly smitten and impulsively (and somewhat awkwardly) asks her out to a state dinner. Shocked and highly uncertain of what she's getting into, Sydney accepts his invitation, and the courting process begins--to the unrelenting delight of the media. The chief executive's protective staff, however, isn't so sure the romance is a good thing, particularly when political paparazzi capture Sydney spending the night in the presidential bedroom. While intriguing to the press, the affair spells trouble in the form of Republican presidential hopeful Bob Rumson (Richard Dreyfuss), who uses the romance to attack Shepherd's supposed lack of family values and moral instincts. Rumson's ploy works--Shepherd's popularity plummets, weakening his reelection bid, his hand on Capitol Hill, and ultimately threatening his relationship with Sydney. If Shepherd salvages his political career, will it be at the expense of Sydney's love?
Richard Dreyfuss - American actor, JAWS
Michael J. Fox - Canadian actor, FAMILY TIES/BACK TO THE FUTURE
Michael Andrew Fox - Canadian actor, FAMILY TIES/BACK TO THE FUTURE
Aaron Sorkin - Screenwriter, A FEW GOOD MEN
David Paymer - American Supporting Actor
Anna Deavere Smith - American Actress
Annette Bening - American actor, BEING JULIA
Rob Reiner - American Director/Actor
Michael Douglas - Actor, THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO/WALL STREET
Martin Sheen - American actor, THE WEST WING
Ramon Estevez - American actor, THE WEST WING
Samantha Mathis - Actress, PUMP UP THE VOLUME, BROKEN ARROW (1996)
In director Rob Reiner's THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, the young, widowed U.S. president--at the peak of his popularity--falls in love with an environmental lobbyist and discovers that mixing his personal life with the presidency isn't as simple as he thought--especially during an election year.
Theatrical release: November 17, 1995. Filmed in Washington, D.C. and California. Director Rob Reiner and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin also collaborated on A FEW GOOD MEN. Martin Sheen, who plays A.J. MacInernery in the film, would go on to play the president of the United States himself a few years later on the acclaimed TV series THE WEST WING, executive produced and written by Sorkin. Anna Deveare Smith also appears in the presidental comedy DAVE and on THE WEST WING series. Wildwood Enterprises is Robert Redford's production company. Redford had planned to star in the film (originally titled THE PRESIDENT ELOPES) for years, but pulled out after a script rewrite emphasized politics in addition to romance. The White House interior sets in this film were also used in Oliver Stone's NIXON and Mel Brooks's DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT. The film earned $58.5 million at the box office.
"...An exuberant romantic comedy..." - 11/30/1995 Rolling Stone, p.76
"...[A] very funny film....[Bening] displays a sort of twinkly dynamism that no other actress in Hollywood can quite match..." - 01/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.36
"...A super cast injects it with Teddy Roosevelt vitality..." - 11/17/1995 USA Today, p.1D
"...Douglas and Bening are more than up to the challenge, delivering winning turns..." - 11/06/1995 Variety
"...A great entertainment....The movie is, above all, a witty and warm romance....One of the year's best films..." - 11/17/1995 Chicago Sun-Times, p.41