The American President

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(out of 5)


Rob Reiner scores high points with this delightful romantic comedy fuelled by a brilliant script by Aaron Sorkin (later the writer and creator of television’s The West Wing). President  has to juggle a career and a personal life when he finds himself smitten with the lobbyist () who has just been brought in by the Environmental Protection Agency to argue an impending bill involving fossil fuel emissions. Unable to ignore their own personal political agendas or their growing mutual affection, the two try for clandestine dating but are unable to avoid the constantly invading eye of personal staff and public curiousity. Bening’s smile is potent enough to light up a whole room, Douglas is rarely this endearing, and all the smaller supporting characters in this Capraesque flight of fancy are delectably written. To boot, the political angle is handled with strength and impressive detail.


Universal Pictures, Castle Rock Entertainment, Wildwood Enterprises, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Digital Image Associates

USA, 1995

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Screenplay by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by Rob Reiner

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Academy Award Nomination
Best Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score) (Marc Shaiman)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Annette Bening)
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Michael Douglas)
Best Director (Rob Reiner)
Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin)

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