The American President

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Overview

Rob Reiner's politically tinged romantic comedy The American President comes to DVD with a widescreen 1.85:1 transfer that faithfully reproduces the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles are available in either English or French. By-the-numbers extra features include trailers, filmographies of the cast and crew, and pedestrian production notes. One wonders how Aaron Sorkin would compare his screenplay for the film to his Emmy-winning work on The West ...
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Overview

Rob Reiner's politically tinged romantic comedy The American President comes to DVD with a widescreen 1.85:1 transfer that faithfully reproduces the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles are available in either English or French. By-the-numbers extra features include trailers, filmographies of the cast and crew, and pedestrian production notes. One wonders how Aaron Sorkin would compare his screenplay for the film to his Emmy-winning work on The West Wing.
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Special Features

Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Interactive menus; Production notes; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English, Français
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Editorial Reviews

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With the same writer, principal cast members (Martin Sheen, at least), and White House milieu, The American President might now be considered Aaron Sorkin's blueprint for his hit TV show The West Wing. Both share the same cheery liberal politics, portraying a near-perfect president fending off his dirty conservative opponents while staying out of the gutter himself. Michael Douglas shines in the title role, showing he really can be loveable after the better part of a decade playing greedy capitalists and scuzzy detectives. But he's just a little too wonderful, with the perfect comment for any situation, for the film to seem like a nuanced character study. Similarly spotless is Annette Bening as his lobbyist girlfriend, whose combination of attack-dog confidence and starry-eyed romanticism make for the complete image of a modern woman, so self-actualized that even the president's teenage daughter loves her at first meeting. It's difficult to believe that dating such a woman would cause the beloved widower's approval rating to drop 20 points, especially in this day and age. These extremes get at the underlying problem of what is otherwise a smart, engaging, and enjoyable film -- it's too afraid to show any chinks in the armor of its good guys, which turns the villains (like Richard Dreyfuss's cackling fear-monger) into similarly one-dimensional symbols. But these sins can be forgiven, because it's great fun to get a realistic look at the behind-the-scenes life of a president, so unwittingly removed from the regular-guy things he loves that he can't even order flowers for his girlfriend without sending it through a committee. This inspires a string of funny moments that propel the film, making it a delightful movie-going experience -- at least for those who agree with its politics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/1999
  • UPC: 053939255027
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Castle Rock
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 31,699

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas President Andrew Shepherd
Annette Bening Sydney Ellen Wade
Martin Sheen A.J. MacInerney
Michael J. Fox Lewis Rothschild
David Paymer Leon Kodak
Richard Dreyfuss Senator Bob Rumson
Samantha Mathis Janie Basdin
Joshua Malina
Thom Barry Guard
Leslie Bega White House Staffer Laura
Beau Billingslea Agent Cooper
Ron Canada Reporter Lloyd
Frank Cavestani Rumson Staffer
Tom Dahlgren Defense Secretary
Clement Von Franckenstein President D'Astier
Rick Garcia Reporter
Steve Gonzales Hud Secretary
Googy Gress Gil
Anne Haney Mrs. Chapil
Kathryn Ish
Joseph Latimore Secret Service Agent
Efrat Lavie Madame D'Astier
Jordan Lund Carl
John Mahon Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
John Mahoney Leo Solomon
Wendie Malick Susan Sloan
Karen Maruyama Leo's Secretary
Bernie McInerney Congressman Millman
Beans Morocco Doorkeeper
George Murdock Congressman
Taylor Nichols Stu
Mathew Saks Congressional Staffer
Arthur Senzy Deputy
Nina Siemaszko Beth Wade
Anna Deavere Smith Robin McCall
Aaron Sorkin Aide in Bar
Richard Stahl Rumson Staffer
Andrew Steel Secret Service Agent
Gail Strickland Esther MacInerney
Mark Thompson Kenneth Michaels
Shawna Waldron Lucy Shepherd
Maud Winchester White House Aide
Technical Credits
Rob Reiner Director, Producer
Frank Capra III Asst. Director
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
Robert Eber Sound/Sound Designer
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
M. Todd Henry Camera Operator
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Jane Jenkins Casting
Alan S. Kaye Set Decoration/Design
Lilly Kilvert Production Designer
Robert Leighton Editor
Barbara Maltby Associate Producer
Louis Montejano Set Decoration/Design
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Charles James Newirth Executive Producer
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
Eric Orbom Set Decoration/Design
Robert Redford Producer
John Seale Cinematographer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Aaron Sorkin Screenwriter
Jeffrey Stott Executive Producer
John Warnke Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Jump to a Scene
1. Presidential Credits [2:39]
2. Monday Morning [5:23]
3. A Heavy Bat [1:05]
4. Widower and Daughter [3:07]
5. Call Me Andy [1:49]
6. Mutual Intimidation [7:13]
7. He Likes Her [3:55]
8. Used to Be Easier [5:11]
9. One Thing at a Time [1:26]
10. Typical First-Date Stuff [4:34]
11. Invitation to Dance (I Have Dreamed) [3:40]
12. No Halfway [5:51]
13. Invitation to Dine [2:34]
14. Got a Girlfriend [2:27]
15. The 25-Cent Tour [2:28]
16. Hard Decision [3:25]
17. Their Relationship [2:28]
18. Getting Comfortable [4:42]
19. Morning-After Exit [3:24]
20. The Girlfriend Factor [1:24]
21. Sydney's Past [1:50]
22. A Floral Hop-Out [4:05]
23. First Mistress? [5:15]
24. Freefall [4:59]
25. The Face Thing [1:44]
26. Crunch Time [1:16]
27. Leadership [3:36]
28. A Lost Vote [3:38]
29. One Step Behind [3:16]
30. Getting Serious [5:19]
31. Back for Whatever Reason [2:32]
32. Last-Minute Activity [1:40]
33. End Credits [5:08]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Michael Douglas
         Annette Bening
         Martin Sheen
         David Paymer
         Samantha Mathis
         Michael J. Fox
         Written by Aaron Sorkin
         Produced and Directed by Rob Reiner
      The Oval Office
         The Reteaming of Reiner and Sorkin
         Striving for Authenticity
         Creating Camp David and Other Special Effects
      Theatrical Trailer
   Select Languages
   Reel Recommendations
      Actor
      Genre
   Play Movie
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    Great movie!

    Funny and a little thought-provoking at times......gives you a bit of insight into our government but on an understandable level. Love all the characters, great casting. Recommend highly.

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    Posted October 1, 2010

    American President

    I recommend this as a political Cinderella to be viewed as a semi-intellignet romatic movie.

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    Everything about this film is perfect!

    I love Aaron Sorkin and what he's done for the medium of film (and television). Smart, sexy and funny - this is a great film that everyone will enjoy! It's like caviar for the brain - love it!

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