Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in 1995, video, DVD and 10 Mar 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A widowed American President must deal with balancing the budget, a re-election campaign and trying to find time for a love life.
My Take on it – Before Aaron Sorkin made a name for himself dealing with White House politics in The West Wing, he was able to do a trial run by writing this movie that depicts how the world would react if a widowed president would attempt to start a new relationship.
The dialogue ala Sorkin is great and eventhough certain scenes are not focused enough as they were in the WW, it’s a great precursor. Sorkin always knows how to write witty and intelligent dialogue for his characters and this movie doesn’t lack that flashy dialogue one bit.
I must say that it was a bit discerning watching Martin Sheen as the Chief of Staff. I kept waiting for him to act presidential and for Toby, Josh, Sam and CJ to come through the door. 🙂
The one thing that I have never liked about this movie is the fact that the romance aspect and the chemistry between Michael Douglas and Annette Benning just doesn’t work as well as one would hope from a movie like this.
Loved Michael J. Fox, Samatha Mathis and David Paymer as staffers
Bottom Line – Great starting point for The West Wing. Has some great conversations and dialogue which Sorkin has proven time and again is his strong point. The romance doesn’t work as well as I would have liked tho. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Before the movie starting shooting, Michael J. Fox was still keeping his Parkinson’s disease a secret. He felt he would lose the role if Rob Reiner found out. During a basic and routine fitness screening, Fox was terrified that clinicians would detect the periodic shaking in his left hand and eventually connect it to Parkinson’s. Fortunately for Fox, he took his medication in time to quell the shaking and the test amounted to nothing more than checking heart rate and blood pressure. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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