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The American President
(1995)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Frank Bennett
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(November 7th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you seek one of the best scores that the romantic comedy genre has to offer, brilliantly balancing the humor of the film's story with the gravity of its location.

Avoid it... if you expect the respectfully restrained underscore in between the opening and closing statements of the title theme to be as strikingly robust.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #339
WRITTEN 7/23/98, REVISED 12/31/07
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The American President: (Marc Shaiman) Rob Reiner's entertaining comedy is very much like the earlier Dave, a lighthearted love story involving a White House built in the kind of liberal fantasy world that causes conservatives to cry foul. In The American President, Michael Douglas is a single man as the current Hollywood dream in the Oval Office and, to the understandable curiosity of the press, he dates a Washington lobbyist played by Annette Bening. Their relationship, and how it helps the President regain his confidence and his poll ratings, is a fuzzy triumph accompanied by a plethora of cameo appearances by real-life politicians and pundits. The film is a regular on television re-runs, a safe romantic comedy for the family with an innocent style embodied perfectly by Marc Shaiman's orchestral underscore. Reiner identified Shaiman's challenge in providing a score that addressed both the political weight of the environment of the office while also "tastefully enhancing" the emotional elements of the humor and romance. Shaiman made a career in the 1990's out of such kinds of scores, with Patch Adams perhaps best emulating the same balancing act. His success with the style of The American President would earn him an Academy Award nomination (though he was denied the award in favor of the machine known as Alan Menken) and his title theme would exhibit so much respectful patriotism that it would be used in the trailers for Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan in early 1998. While Shaiman's score had vanished from the collective memory by then, its dramatic placement in those trailers resurrected interest in the score and has assisted in cementing its status as one of the best scores of its genre in the decade. The score both graces the film with a timeless sense of grandeur and is an outstanding, consistent listening experience on album. Harmonious for almost every minute of its length, The American President even has a slight touch of Western sensibility in the secondary passage of its title theme, aiding in the portrayal of somewhat maverick behavior for the character in the context of his office.



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Average: 3.64 Stars
***** 682 5 Stars
**** 647 4 Stars
*** 615 3 Stars
** 218 2 Stars
* 153 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 39:04
• 1. Main Titles (2:23)
• 2. Call Me Andy (1:36)
• 3. I Like Her (1:48)
• 4. It's Meatloaf Night (0:40)
• 5. The First Kiss (2:21)
• 6. The Slow Down Plan (1:13)
• 7. The Morning After/Meet the Press (2:11)
• 8. Politics as Usual (0:57)
• 9. Never have an Airline Strike at Christmas (0:35)
• 10. "I Have Dreamed" (The State Dinner)* (2:57)
• 11. Camp David (1:30)
• 12. Gathering Votes (2:36)
• 13. Make the Deal (3:42)
• 14. Decisions (1:45)
• 15. President Shepherd (7:28)
• 16. End Titles (5:05)
* source music written by Rodgers and Hammerstein

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The insert contains a note from director Rob Reiner about the score.
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