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The American President (1999)

Michael Douglas , Annette Bening , Rob Reiner  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (864 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Letterboxed
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Castle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (864 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ECDVK4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The American President" on IMDb

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Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox. The blockbuster romantic comedy about a modern president and the beautiful environmental lobbyist who wins his heart. 1995/color/115 min/PG-13/widescreen.

NOTE:Widescreen version Presented in a "Letterbox" widescreen format preserving the "scope" aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition.Enhance For widescreen TV's.

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story......disappointing DVD! September 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Everyone knows this is a terrific movie! Those of us who are also DVD fans have waited a couple of years for this to appear on DVD. What a let down!! Rob, where are you man!!!
This a poor transfer with lots of artifacts and someone trying too hard to sharpen the image. To make matters worse this disc has very limited extras. Ok, it's out so let's move to the "collector's edition" so Warner can get a few more bucks and we can get a disc more worthy of this great movie!!
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good movie. Horrendous DVD transfer - AVOID! July 14, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is a charming film with good performances. It reads like a precursor to Aaron Sorkin's "West Wing," except Martin Sheen is the best friend in this one. Michael Douglas is president.
HOWEVER, the DVD transfer on this disc is fairly notorious on DVD review sites as being one of the worst ever created. You would be doing yourself a disservice by buying this disc. Get the VHS tape or wait for a new edition on DVD.
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never get tired of watching this great movie June 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
"The American President" is a terrific movie about politics, romance, sex, and real life. Michael Douglas leads a terrific cast of characters that I love to hear talk to each other over and over again. I've seen this movie so many times, I nearly have it memorized. President Andy Sheppard (Douglas) is having problems pushing his crime bill through Congress, but those problems intensify when he finds himself falling for the beautiful environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening). The press is all over them from every angle, and Sheppard's 63% approval rating is dropping like a rock. The romance in this story is sweet, but it takes second place to the witty dialogue written by "Sports Night" creator Aaron Sorkin, which makes every character equally enjoyable. Martin Sheen should have won an Oscar for his performance as White House Chief of Staff A.J. Mackinerny, and Michael J. Fox is terrific as Louis Rothchild, who delivers a great speech in the film. The two leads, Douglas and Bening, are great together, and for every moment they are on the screen together, we forget that we're watching a movie. Rob Reiner does a terrific directing job, and turns out a movie that surpasses "When Harry Met Sally."
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Okay, to weigh in on the key points of discussion that keep popping up with regards to this particular romantic comedy. First, I would have liked "West Wing" if I had never seen "The American President" and I would have liked "The American President" even if it was not a test balloon for "The West Wing." Second, of course a romantic comedy about the President of the United States is going to have a liberal in the White House. Conservatives are either (a) not that funny or (b) do not like to be laughed at, take your pick. Third, the part that bugs me the most is the "character" issue everybody keeps alluding to. I know part of the premise of this movie is "What is Hillary died and Bill Clinton was all alone in the White House and Chelsea was giving him dating tips?", but does that automatically mean we have to give all his sexual foibles to the fictional Andrew Shepherd? The man says he has only loved two women in his life and that it has been a long time since he has done anything sexual, so what is this character issue? Somebody explain it to me...like I was a six year old.
The actual plot of "The American President" is as old as the hills: boy becomes President, boy meets girl, boys falls for girl, girl falls for boy, and the entire country has an opinion. But ultimately the story does not matter because we stop flipping through the channels when we come to this movie on television because of the snappy dialogue and the excellent acting performances. Somehow screenwriter Aaron Sorkin got from "A Few Good Men" and "Malice," to this choice piece of political drama.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad DVD Transfer Ruins This Film October 28, 2003
Format:DVD
I have over 150 DVDs in my collection. This film, which is one of my Wife's favorite films, has been ruined by a bad transfer to DVD. This release is the worst DVD transfer of any film in my collection. Warner Home Video should be ashamed of themselves and re-call this DVD.
There is no doubt that a re-mastered edition of this movie will someday become available. Don't waste your money on this edition.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worst DVD Transfer To Date November 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:DVD
It's hard to imagine how a DVD transfer could have been worse. Considering it is a dual-layer disk there is absolutely no excuse for the poor quality (artifacts, HUGE pixelation problems, etc.) and lack of extra features. I guess it didn't make sense to show a couple of guys in a dirty lab holding up a DV camcorder while the movie played as a "Making of The American President DVD"...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me happy every time! January 2, 2003
Format:DVD
This is an all time favorite of mine and absolutely guaranteed to lift my spirits each time I watch it.
Michael Douglas plays somewhat against his usual type as a likeable, widowed, well-meaning single father who is also the President of the United States, Andrew Shepherd. He becomes romantically interested in an environmental lobbyist, Sidney Ellen Wade (Annette Benning) which turns out to cause a lot of problems for both of them.
These two high-powered actors manage to humanize their characters into ordinary, likable people who are just trying to fall in love despite unbelievable opulence of surroundings, ugly political maneuvering and living inside a media fishbowl of publicity. Along the way, there are plenty of funny, heartwarming moments including a couple of very funny telephone calls. (Imagine what YOU would do if you suddenly received a call from someone who claimed to be the President of the United States)
David Paymer, Michael J. Fox and Martin Sheen are excellent in their supporting roles as advisors to the President and Shawna Waldron is wonderful as the 1st daughter.
If you love humorous dialog, beautiful, nearly fairy-tale settings and happy endings, be sure to see this movie. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I would select this over Gone with the Wind for the #1 picture of the...
This story is up there with "Gone with the Wind" It is real, relevant and touches your heart. There are no actors or actresses in this story... Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Bill "Doc" Roberts
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!
I asked for a region 4 and got a region 1. Can't play it so I will have to return it. Disappointed!
Published 3 days ago by Livilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great family movie.
Published 5 days ago by Anna Homan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
One of my all time favorites!
Published 5 days ago by SandBMommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 8 days ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This movie is one of the best romantic comedies. It has everything one wants in this genre: good characters, great writing, funny, and an ending that makes one smile. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Steve Juetten
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
had to return as was a duplicate
Published 10 days ago by joan j donovan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 14 days ago by M.Elizabeth Briones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie, great dealer, would buy from again. Many thanks. A++ Seller
Published 16 days ago by Kim M. Zirbel
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Good movie that shows the inside of the President's social live, even though it is fictitious. Plus some politicking that intertwines the main characters. Read more
Published 17 days ago by L. Gaggini
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