My Fellow Americans (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy  |  20 December 1996 (USA)
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Two former U. S. Presidents, hated rivals, join forces to expose the current, corrupt President at the risk of their lives.



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Kramer and Douglas, two former presidents from opposite ends of the political spectrum, become reluctant allies when they become the target of a conspirator in President Haney's administration. The two ex-presidents realize they have an enemy within the government and set out to find evidence that will clear their names. The search takes them across the Southern Appalachians; along the way they meet a homeless couple, thwart kidnapers in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, and find themselves marching in a gay pride parade. Written by Dennis Lewis <>

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A comedy about life, liberty and the pursuit of two ex-presidents.


Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for salty language and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Álnokok és elnökök  »

Box Office


$21,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,860,334 (USA) (20 December 1996)


$22,294,341 (USA) (14 March 1997)

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Did You Know?


The scene on the train where James Garner and Jack Lemmon jump to escape the government agents is strikingly similar to Garner's scene in 'The Great Escape' where Garner and 'Donald Pleasance' jump off a moving train to escape pursuing Nazi soldiers. Garner even pushes Lemmon off the train first as he had to do with Pleasance's character who said, "I prefer you just give me good push." See more »


When Kramer and Douglas begin leading the White House tour, it is supposedly a ruse to get to the West Wing. However, they are clearly seen heading away from the entryway past the staircase leading to the Presidential Residence - heading towards the East Wing. Besides, they would know that from that area, one cannot enter the West Wing without either passing outside again or past a security checkpoint. See more »


[first lines]
Edwin Newman: It has been described as one of the most vicious presidential races in the history of American politics, and one of the closest. The Republican nominee, Senator Russell P Kramer of Ohio, is practically dead even in the polls with his bitter rival, Democratic Governor Matt Douglas of Indiana. To say there is no love lost between these two candidates is a gross understatement. And yet tonight, in spite of their almost overwhelming distaste for each other, one of these men will have ...
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Spoofs The Great Escape (1963) See more »


Composed by Daniel Butterfield (1862)
Played at politician's funeral
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A Comedic Constitutional Crisis
17 September 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Those two old pros, Jack Lemmon and James Garner, in their only film together provide quite a few laughs in what would normally be a very serious subject, a constitutional crisis.

Two former presidents, Lemmon a Republican and Garner a Democrat, have a real nasty rivalry going. But when current president Dan Ackroyd tries to pin a kickback in a defense contract scandal on his fellow Republican Lemmon things get good and nasty. Garner gets into it when he starts checking on which Republican really is the crooked one and stumbles on the murdered defense contractor.

After that when the two presidents are nearly killed when a government helicopter blows up, they are on the run. They are forced into an alliance of convenience.

Despite this description, it is in fact a comedy with these two men who even as ex-Presidents are used to having everything done for them. Quite amusing indeed when they're forced out on their own.

It's funny, but there are some trenchant comments about the state of politics and life in general in America at the turn of the new millennium. Lauren Bacall is in this oh too briefly as Lemmon's wife and Dan Ackroyd is the current president with John Heard as his Dan Quayle like Vice President.

Republican or Democrat most viewers will vote thumbs up for My Fellow Americans.

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