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My Fellow Americans (1996)

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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 <dsl@sprynet.com>

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

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

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20 December 1996 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$21,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$22,294,341 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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One of two 1996's releases starring both Jack Lemmon and Dan Aykroyd, with the other film being Getting Away with Murder (1996). See more »

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In one scene President Douglas gives the illegal alien, Ernesto, his trench coat. In the next scene, when both former presidents are walking along the railroad, he is holding his trenchcoat. See more »

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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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References First Blood (1982) See more »

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Don't Be That Way
Written by Mitchell Parish, Benny Goodman and Edgar M. Sampson
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald
Courtesy of Verve Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Kings Among the Commoners
17 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My husband and I both love this movie, for a number of reasons. 1. We are fans of James Garner in particular, and Jack Lemmon also. As other reviewers have noted, they play off each other extremely well. 2. In NJ, we have two former (rival)governors who share a political column. Every time I see this movie, I think of the column, where they share a grudging respect somewhat like the characters in the movie. 3. None of the reviewers have said much about the "king among the commoners" theme. During their cross-country trek, the two former Presidents find out who their "fellow Americans" REALLY are - illegal immigrants, homeless families looking for a job, gay security guards, etc., etc. That's what this movie's REALLY all about. -Earth Mother


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