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The American President (November 17, 1995)

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BRIEF PLOT SYNOPSIS

The President of the United States, Andrew Shepherd, comes under close scrutiny when he strikes up a romance with an environmental lobbyist.

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GENERAL FILM INFORMATION

GENRE: Romantic Comedy
TAGLINE: Why can’t the most powerful man in the world have the one thing he wants most?
SETTING: Washington D.C.; USA
FILMING LOCATIONS:

  • Kenneth Hahn State Park, California; USA
  • Lake Arrowhead, California; USA
  • Lake Tahoe, California; USA
  • Washington D.C.; USA

RELEASE DATE(S):

  • November 8, 1995 (USA – Preview, New York City, NY)
  • November 14, 1995 (USA – Preview, Century City, CA)
  • November 17, 1995 (USA)
  • November 27, 1995 (Spain)
  • December 8, 1995 (United Kingdom)
  • December 13,1995 (Belgium)
  • December 13, 1995 (France)
  • December 14, 1995 (Australia)
  • December 14, 1995 (Germany)
  • December 15, 1995 (Austria)
  • December 29, 1995 (Israel)
  • January 11, 1996 (Argentina)
  • January 12, 1996 (Portugal)
  • January 12, 1996 (Switzerland)
  • January 19, 1996 (Norway)
  • January 26, 1996 (Finland)
  • January 26, 1996 (Italy)
  • February 2, 1996 (Greece)
  • February 10, 1996 (Japan)
  • February 14, 1996 (Hong Kong)
  • February 16, 1996 (Poland)
  • February 16, 1996 (Sweden)
  • February 23, 1996 (Denmark)
  • September 20, 1996 (Estonia)

RUNNING TIME: 114 minutes; 1 hour 54 minutes
RATING: PG-13
BUDGET: $62 million
OPENING WEEKEND GROSS: $10,014,558
TOTAL GROSS USA: $60,022,813
TOTAL GROSS OUTSIDE OF USA: $47,800,000

CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

WRITER: Aaron Sorkin
DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner
PRODUCER: Rob Reiner
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Charles Newirth, Jeffrey Stott
EDITOR: Robert Leighton
CINEMATOGRAPHER: John Seale
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Lily Kilvert, John Warnke, Karen O’Hara
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Marc Shaiman
ADDITIONAL ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: xxx
SPECIAL EFFECTS BY: Industrial Light and Magic, Lebensfeld Production
MAKE-UP BY: Hallie D’Amore, Daniel C. Striepeke (key)
MAKE-UP FOR MS. BENNING: Vallie O’Reilly, Carrie Angland (uncredited)
MAKE-UP FOR MR. DOUGLAS: Tom Lucas
SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS BY: XXX
HAIR STYLIST: Janice Alexander, Lydia Bensimmon-Benaim, Kathryn Blondell (key)
HAIR STYLIST FOR MS. BENNING: Enzo Angileri
HAIR STYLIST FOR MR. DOUGLAS: Carol Meikle
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Universal Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises, Inc.
DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia Pictures, Turner Entertainment & Universal Pictures
ASPECT RATIO: 2:35:1

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CAST :: CHARACTER NAME…ACTOR NAME

President Andrew Shepherd…Michael Douglas
Sydney Ellen Wade…Annette Bening
A.J. MacInerney…Martin Sheen
Lewis Rothchild…Michael J. Fox
Robin McCall…Anna Deavere Smith
Janie…Samantha Mathis
Lucy Shepherd…Shawna Waldron
Leon Kodak…David Paymer
Mrs. Chapil…Anne Haney
Senator Bob Rumson…Richard Dreyfuss
Beth Wade…Nina Siemaszko
Susan Sloan…Wendie Malick
Agent Cooper…Beau Billingslea
Esther MacInerney…Gail Srickland
David…Joshua Malina
President D’Astier…Clement von Franckenstein
Madame D’Astier…Efrat Lavi
Leo Solomon…John Mahoney
Stu…Taylor Nichols
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs…John Mahon
Defense Secretary…Tom Dahlgren
General…Ralph Meyering Jr.
Security Advisor…Kurt Boesen
Secret Service Agents…Joseph Latimore, Darryl Alan Reed, Andrew Steel
Carl…Jordan Lund
Rumson Staffers…Richard McGonagle, Frank Cavestani, Richard Stahl
Carol…Alice Kushida
Lisa…Renee Faia
Doorkeeper…Beans Morocco
Education Secretary…Kathryn Ish
Flower Girl…Kamilah Martin
Groundskeeper…Augie Blunt
Guard…Thom Barry
HUD Secretary…Steve Gonzales
Jeff…Gabriel Jarret
Leo’s Secretary…Karen Maruyama
Leslie…Nancy Kandal
Congressman…Geroge Murdock
Congressman Millman…Bernice McInerney
Congressman Pennybaker…Jack Gilroy
Congressional Staffer…Matthew Saks
Gil…Googy Gress
Reporter Lloyd…Ran Canada
Reporters…Brian Pietro, Rick Garcia
Aide in Bar…Aaron Sorkin
Sally…Kymberly Newberry
Mark…Greg Poland
White House Staffer…Laura Leslie Bega
White House Staffer…Maria Jennifer Crystal
Deputy…Arthur Senzy
White House Aides…Nick Toth, Jorge Noa, maud Winchester
T.V. News Anchorpersons…Jeffrey Anderson, Suzanne Michaels
Kenneth Michaels…Mark Thompson
New Guy…David Drew Gallagher
Uniformed Secret Service Agent…Todd Odom
Color Guard Officer…Michael G. Alexander
Herself…Helen Thomas (uncredited)

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SOUNDTRACK :: SONG TITLE…COMPOSER/LYRICIST…PERFORMER

Brandenburg Concerto #5 Movement 1…Johann Sebastian Bach…Unknown
Ballet Music from ‘Faust’…Charles Gounod…Unknown
I Have Dreamed…Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein; Arranged by Larry Blank, Mark Shaiman…Unknown
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…Meredith Wilson…Unknown
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen…Arranged by Robert Shaw, Alice Parker…The Robert Shaw Corale
‘Viens, Malika’ from ‘Lakeme Leo Delibes’…Mady Mespie, Danielle Millet…The Paris Opera-Comique Chorus & Orchestra; Alain Lombard, conductor

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AWARDS AND HONORS

The Golden Globe Awards, 1996

NOMINEE: Rob Reiner
CATEGORY: Best Director of a Motion Picture
RESULTS: NominatedNOMINEE: The American President

CATEGORY: Best Comedy or Musical Motion Picture
RESULTS: NominatedNOMINEE: Michael Douglas

CATEGORY: Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical Motion Picture
RESULTS: Nominated

NOMINEE: Annette Bening
CATEGORY: Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy or Musical Motion Picture
RESULTS: Nominated

NOMINEE: Aaron Sorkin
CATEGORY: Best Motion Picture Screenplay
RESULTS: Nominated

The Academy Awards, 1996

NOMINEE: Marc Shairman
CATEGORY: Best Music for an Original Music or Comedy Score
RESULTS: Nominated

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EXTRAS

Trivia

Films directed by Frank Capra are referred to in this film. Frank Capra III was a First Assistant Director on this film.

Goofs :: Continuity Errors

When the President asks for the time, someone tells him that it is 3:30. The clock in the room reads something completely different.

Goof: Factual Errors

It would be impossible to obtain roses from the Rose Garden in the winter, in which this film is set.

The tunnel connecting the White House to the Executive Office Building next door would have allowed Sydney a completely discreet exit, preventing her from being seen by the press.

Quotes

The symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free.

–President Andrew Shepherd

You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil who is standing center stage advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.

–President Andrew Shepherd

People want leaders, Mr. President. And in the absense of genuine leadership they’ll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They’re so thirsty for it they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage and when they discover there’s no water they’ll drink the sand.
Lewis, we’ve had presidents who were beloved, who couldn’t find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don’t drink the sand because they’re thirsty. They drink the sand because they don’t know the difference.
–Lewis and President Andrew Shepherd

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