Weekend Retro Movie Choice: The American President

So many things are happening today but I promised myself that this blog will veer away from any political issues.  It just so happened that my weekend choice for a retro movie is entitled, The American President.  Very relevant but the similarity ends there.


This is truly one of my favorite romantic movies. It was released back in 1995 and stars Michael Douglas and Annette Benning.  When the President of the United States of America, an attractive widower starts dating a fierce, intelligent and beautiful environmental lobbyist expect fireworks.  I felt it along with the rest of the world.  It gross about $107.9M USD and has an approval rate of 90% from critics according to Rotten Tomatoes.


image: Universal Pictures

Just a little trivia, the movie was first offered to Robert Redford or that he was thinking of producing it.   He chose the man who wrote the screenplay but when the Director came on board, he dropped out of the project altogether. While I love Michael Douglas performance, I wonder how it would have turned out if Hollywood’s quintessential golden boy played it.

Anyway, the chemistry between the two actors, Michael and Annette was perfect.  It was nice to see the US President in a different light.  This is probably why it became successful.  Who can resist watching the most powerful man in the world dating, right?

Here’s the official trailer and see why I chose it for my weekend retro movie.


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