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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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$21,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$22,294,341 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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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 »

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When Col. Tanner enters the house of President Kramer, he addresses both of the Presidents as "Sirs." Proper protocol when addressing two superior ranking male individuals in the Government has it that you address them as "Gentlemen." 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 The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960) See more »

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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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