The American President
Warner Bros. (1995)
Comedy, Drama, Romance
In Collection
114 mins

Michael Douglas President Andrew Shepherd
Richard Dreyfuss Senator Bob Rumson
Annette Bening Sydney Ellen Wade
Michael J. Fox Lewis Rothschild
Samantha Mathis Janie Basdin
David Paymer Leon Kodak
Martin Sheen A.J. MacInerney
Anna Deavere Smith Robin McCall
Shawna Waldron Lucy Shepherd
Anne Haney Mrs. Chapil
Josh Malina Stu
Gail Strickland Esther MacInerney
Nina Siemaszko Beth Wade
Wendie Malick Susan Sloan
Beau Billingslea Agent Cooper

Director Rob Reiner
Producer Rob Reiner
Charles Newirth
Writer Aaron Sorkin
Cinematography John Seale
Musician Marc Shaiman

When newly-hired lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening) meets with U. S. President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas) to present the case of the environmental concerns group she represents, she succeeds in turning his head personally as well as politically. Once their high-profile romance begins, President Shepherd's political rival, Senator Bob Rumson (Richard Dreyfuss), finally has his opening to start a negative campaign against Shepherd. Rumson begins a nasty smear campaign to support his own run for president, the sort of campaign his party had longed to use during the previous election, but which was deemed inappropriate to run against a widower such as Shepherd. As though that wasn't enough, just when the negative campaigning begins to really spin out of control, Wade and Shepherd's romance finds another obstacle. This time, it comes in the form of a political showdown between the bill that Shepherd believes will get him re-elected and the bill that Wade's group is lobbying for, which could force them both to choose between the relationship and their political careers.

Edition Details
Country USA
Language English
Region Region 1
No. of Disks/Tapes 1