Tim Appelo
December 17, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

How much is the presidential seal of approval worth at the box office? Steven Spielberg‘s Schindler’s List is about to find out. During a speech he gave on Dec. 1, President Clinton gave a thumb’s-up to the upcoming Holocaust drama, saying, ”I went to see Schindler’s List….I implore every one of you to go see it.” So, will Universal use the blurb to promote the film? A spokeswoman says the studio hasn’t decided, but one insider thinks it’s a bad idea: ”The lines between Hollywood and Washington blur all the more when Presidents start reviewing movies,” says movie analyst Martin Grove. ”I’m sure Universal hopes moviegoers listen more attentively to Clinton than the legislature does.”

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