Take a break from reality with a quiz about the movie, The American President!


By: J.P. Naomi

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

A romantic comedy about politics? It can't be! Take this quiz to remember your favorite heart-warming political scenes and find out what happens when the president of the United States falls in love!

In which year was the premiere of The American President?

The American President was released on November 17, 1995. It was rated PG-13 for some strong language.


What is the last name of the president?

The American President had a running time of 114 minutes. It grossed about $107 million at the box office!


President Shepherd is a member of which party?

The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. Its heritage traces back to the days of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison's Democratic-Republican Party.


Which actor plays the role of President Shepherd?

Michael Douglas was born on September 25, 1944. He is the eldest son of Kirk Douglas, who has dual citizenship in both the US and Bermuda.


President Andrew Shepherd is single because...

His wife passed away after a battle with cancer. She is referenced several times throughout the film by name.


President Shepherd develops a crush on _________ Wade?

Sydney Ellen Wade was often called Sydney, or Syd for short. The president and his staff also called her Ms. Wade.


Which famous actress plays the role of Sydney Ellen Wade?

Annette Bening played the role of Sydney. Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Susan Sarandon were all considered for her role!


Who is President Shepherd's chief of staff?

The American President was directed and produced by Rob Reiner and written by Aaron Sorkin. The film was distributed by Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures.


What is Sydney's profession?

Sydney was an environmental lobbyist who just moved to Washington, DC. She is tasked with persuading the president to pass legislation committing his administration to substantially reduce carbon dioxide emissions.


Which actor plays the role of A.J. MacInerney?

Martin Sheen was born Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez. He is the father of Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen!


Lewis Rothschild is the Assistant to the President for what department?

In real politics, there is a Domestic Policy Council that was established on April 11, 1985, by President Ronald Reagan. Its headquarters are located in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC.


Which famous actor plays the role of Lewis?

Michael J. Fox was born on June 9, 1961, as Michael Andrew Fox. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, at the age of 29.


How many children does the president have?

The president and his late wife had one daughter. She is a mature young lady who visibly cares about her dad and his well-being throughout the film.


What is the name of the president's daughter?

Lucy Shepherd is portrayed by actress Shawna Waldron. She was born on January 25, 1982, and is best known for her role as Becky O'Shea in Little Giants of 1994.


Which senator runs against President Shepherd in the election?

Senator Bob Rumson is a Republican, very vocal in his pursuit of the presidency. He is seen on TV throughout the film at rallies, speaking negatively about President Shepherd and his involvement with Sydney.


Senator Bob Rumson is portrayed by which famous actor?

Richard Dreyfuss was born on October 29, 1947. In real life, Dreyfuss has been outspoken in the political arena on the topics of freedom of speech, democracy, right to privacy, and individual accountability.


What is the name of Sydney's sister?

Sydney was seen in her sister's apartment on several occasions throughout the film. Beth was portrayed by actress Nina Siemaszko.


"My name is Bob Rumson and I'm __________!"

Each time Bob Rumson is seen on television in the film, he finishes his speeches by repeating this phrase. Toward the end of the film. President Shepherd makes use of the same phrase but changes the words slightly.


"My name is Andrew Shepherd and I _____________!"

President Shepherd takes Rumson's "annoying" phrase and turns it into his own political gain. During his impromptu speech to the White House press, he ends by proclaiming that he IS the President!


President Shepherd strikes a deal with Wade: he will deliver 10 votes if she can secure how many?

Upon making this deal, Sydney and her team get to work! They are seen on film tirelessly making phone calls and employing other efforts to lobby the necessary players.


Sydney must secure the 24 votes for the environmental bill prior to...

The State of the Union is often when the President will reveal new initiatives for the coming year. Sydney hopes that her environmental bill will be included in this year's speech.


Where do Shepherd and Wade share their first kiss?

The Dish Room is really called The China Room - but President Shepherd, in an attempt to simplify his job in front of Sydney, refers to it as The Dish Room. They share a kiss here for the first time.


When they aren't in the office, what does President Andrew Shepherd want A.J. to call him?

A.J. was Andrew's best man in his wedding. He thinks of him as a best friend and wants their friendship to be the main focus outside of business hours.


While entertaining Ms. Wade, who does Lucy say her dad is speaking with on the phone?

Really he is on the phone with the Prime Minister of Israel. He just wants to appear as a regular, average guy to Sydney so for a few moments she will forget that he is the most powerful man in the world.


What was the name of Shepherd's late wife?

Mary is referenced several times throughout the film. It is clear that Andrew and Lucy miss her, but they seem well adjusted to life together and are moving forward with their new relationships.


After Shepherd's impromptu speech to the press, what does Lewis have to do?

Lewis had already written the president's speech for that evening. However, after his rant to the press, the president made a few changes to his policy and bill initiatives for the year - impressing Sydney and winning her back.


Who is Janie?

Janie Basdin is portrayed by actress Samantha Mathis. Mathis was born on May 12, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York. She is the daughter of actress Bibi Besch.


What does President Shepherd want to do on his own, insisting his staff should not help?

President Shepherd insists on sending flowers to Sydney, but it takes him several attempts with credit card mishaps, flower decisions, and eventually a ham!


Lucy's advice to her Dad about dating Sydney is to "Be yourself and compliment" what?

Lucy explains to her Dad in a very endearing scene that girls like it when a guy compliments her shoes. He takes her advice very seriously and impresses Sydney later that evening.


Shepherd invites Sydney to a State Dinner with the President of what country?

The president's cousin Judith is supposed to attend the State Dinner with him, but she has fallen ill, so Shepherd finds himself in a predicament. He decides to invite Sydney.


Who is the White House Press Secretary in The American President?

Robin McCall is portrayed by actress Anna Deavere Smith. She was born on September 18, 1950, in Baltimore, Maryland.


What is Leon's job title?

Leon Kodak was portrayed by actor David Paymer. Paymer was born on August 30, 1954, in Oceanside, New York. He is also known for his roles in Mr. Saturday Night, Quiz Show, and Ocean's Thirteen.


What is the name of Sydney's boss?

Leo Solomon was portrayed by actor John Mahoney. Mahoney was born in Blackpool, England, and is known in the US for his role as Martin Crane in the American sitcom, Frasier, from 1993 to 2004.


When the film ends, where is Shepherd going?

He is heading into the Chamber to address Congress and the country and deliver his State of the Union speech. In real life, this speech happens in January each year.


Following an argument with President Shepherd, Sydney proclaims, "Mr. President, you have bigger problems than losing me, you just lost" what?

This is a real insult to someone running for political office. Since each vote counts, one missed vote is tragic to the candidate. This was a "mic drop" moment for Sydney Ellen Wade!


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