There are many documentaries/films about true US Presidents, but there are also many films about fictional US Presidents. Some are just background to the plot, but some are the forefront of the film. When thinking about a President, most of us want someone who has integrity, determination, drive, and a desire to help his country. In this article we will discuss five fictional movie Presidents who have these traits.
The first fictional President was Judson Hammond (played by Walter Huston) in Gabriel Over the White House (1933). Hammond happens to be a political hack. In office, during the Great Depression, he changes into an incorruptible politician after a near fatal accident. Don’t we wish all politicians were incorruptible?
Air Force One shows a President who is willing to do whatever it takes to keep his family and country safe. Heck, Harrison Ford’s portrayal shows a man who takes on sleazy, evil characters head on. Somehow, he is a one-man-show who is exceptionally brave. However, I don’t see ANY President ever doing something like this.
The American President demonstrates a President (Michael Douglas) who is caught between love and politics. President Andrew Shepherd falls in love with an environmental lobbyist and tries to get a bill on moderate crime control passed. This film is more political than others, and despite not being a huge box office success, it did do very well critically and is still a favorite.
Then there are the two comedies, My Fellow Americans and Head of State. In My Fellow Americans, Jack Lemmon and James Garner are ex-Presidents who come together, through comical, bumbling-stumbling adventures, to overturn the current President, played by Dan Akroyd. They work to prove that Lemmon’s did not take a kickback in his last year of office. This is a very funny movie and was originally slated to have Walter Matthau play Garner’s role. However, due to illness, he was unable to do so. It would have been another Lemmon/Matthau classic, but is still great nonetheless.
Head of State gives us Chris Rock as alderman Mays Gilliam who is placed into office after both Presidential nominees and VP nominees are killed in an airplane accident. The film co-stars the late Bernie Mac as Mays brother. Rock’s President doesn’t take things seriously, but when he discovers why he was chosen as President, he begins to shape up and do his job.
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