The American President

Continuity mistake: When they are arguing in his bedroom, her scarf and coat are closed at one point, then open, then closed.

Continuity mistake: When the President comes home, right before Sydney tells him that he lost her vote, he is walking up the stairs and unbuttoning his jacket. However, in the next shot, he goes to kiss his daughter, and his jacket is buttoned again.

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Continuity mistake: When Sydney is at her sister's apartment and they are talking, the paper goes back and forth from being pressed and vertical to distorted and wrinkled. (00:26:05)

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Continuity mistake: When the President is asking Sydney for a date over the phone, in the first two shots the phone cord is under the President's arm and in the last shot, the phone cord is over his arm. (00:28:30)

Mick Newman

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Continuity mistake: In the first scene where President Andrew Shepherd encounters his daughter practising the trombone in her room, he talks to her about a parent-teacher conference and hands her a book. In the shot where he hands her the book, it is right side up for the girl to open easily. In the shot where she receives the book, she has to turn it around to open it. (00:10:45)

Continuity mistake: When the two aides are discussing the President, the aide with the beard plops Alka-Seltzer in a glass. It fizzes and then the next shot he's drinking plain water again.

Continuity mistake: When Sydney is at her sister's apartment and talking about how foolish she was in the Oval Office, the phone rings, and the sister lifts up the salad she is preparing in the salad bowl. In the next shot, she lifts up the salad bowl again.

Richard Welty

Continuity mistake: In the meeting room with the White House Chief of Staff, Sydney is giving a self-righteous speech about the President being president of Fantasyland. When the President walks into view, she immediately stands up from her chair. Then in the next shot, she immediately stands up again. (00:16:55)

Richard Welty

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Continuity mistake: The morning after the President and Sydney have spent the night together for the first time, while Sydney is getting dressed to leave, the collar of her turtleneck sits flat in the front (around her neck), but in the next shot the same collar is dog-eared in front, then goes back to sitting flat. (01:06:40)

Continuity mistake: During the president's final press conference, his tie is tied differently throughout the scene.


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Continuity mistake: The president has just given his daughter his old textbook and is asking her to read the first page. Lucy's trombone is either resting on her left shoulder in shots from her side, or on her arm in shots from the front. (00:11:40)


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Continuity mistake: On the morning the film begins, the president is sporting a red tie. The way it is tied changes, most noticeably during his discussion about the Crime Bill.


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Continuity mistake: When Lewis is on the phone with Congressman Jarrett, the phone Lewis is holding jumps back and forth from his left hand in the wide shots to his right hand in the close-ups. (01:27:15)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Michael Douglas first calls Annette Bening for a date, he has a glass of beer in front of him. She replies the president has a nice butt and hangs up. He immediately re-dials, but now has a cocktail in his hand and the beer is gone. (00:26:25)

Other mistake: This error occurs during the scene in which the President and Lewis Rothschild are riding in the limo, just after the President has broken a date with Syndney. The background scenery, visible through the windows of the car, is noticeably in slow motion, even though the car (and the people inside it) are moving at regular speed.

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Lucy Shepherd: Do you see it as part of your job to torture me?
President Andrew Shepherd: No, just one of the perks.

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Question: When Sydney and the President are having dinner alone at Sydney's place (I think) around Christmastime, there is a beautiful song playing softly in the background. It is being sung by what sounds like two or three sopranos. Does anyone know the name of this song and its composer?

Answer: The aria is "Viens, Mallika" from "Lakmé", composed by Léo Delibes.


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