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A comedy about life, liberty and the pursuit of two ex-presidents.
Two former U. S. Presidents, hated rivals, join forces to expose the current, corrupt President at the risk of their lives. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Lemmon ... President Russell P. Kramer

James Garner ... President Matt Douglas

Dan Aykroyd ... President William Haney

John Heard ... Vice President Ted Matthews

Wilford Brimley ... Joe Hollis

Lauren Bacall ... Margaret Kramer

Sela Ward ... Kaye Griffin

Everett McGill ... Col. Paul Tanner

Bradley Whitford ... Carl Witnaur

James Rebhorn ... Charlie Reynolds

Esther Rolle ... Rita

Conchata Ferrell ... Woman Truck Driver

Jack Kehler ... Wayne

Connie Ray ... Genny

Tom Everett ... NSA Agent Wilkerson
Mark Lowenthal ... NSA Agent Caldwell

Jeff Yagher ... Dorothy / Lt. Ralph Fleming

Edwin Newman ... Himself
Lynn Clark ... Chrissy Kramer

Leigh Rose ... Katherine Douglas
Mihoko Tokoro ... Japanese Singer
Ken Enomoto ... Hiroshi Ashino
Gunnar Peterson ... Bruce
Scott Burkholder ... Greg

Wayne Duvall ... Chet
Jack Garner ... President Haney's Caddy
Gene Bolande ... Injured Golf Spectator
Francesca Rollins ... Reporter #1

Paul Feig ... Reporter #2
Cathy Ladman ... Reynolds' Secretary

Tom Wright ... Jim

Dana Gould ... Sandwich Guy at Book Convention

Scott Hoxby ... Man with Subpoena

Jonathan Osser ... Kramer's Grandson

Mitch Braswell ... Marine One Pilot
E. Arthur Booth ... Marine One Co-Pilot (as Art Booth)
Steve Carlisle ... Man in Train Station Bathroom

Todd McDurmont ... Elvis
Madison Wellington ... Tina
David 'Skippy' Malloy ... Will
Jennifer Leigh Jones ... Fran
Rob Roy Fitzgerald ... Dean

Jennifer Austin ... Marilyn Monroe
Bobby Bass ... NSA Hitman #1
Steven Chambers ... NSA Hitman #2 (as Steve Chambers)
Jimmy Nickerson ... NSA Hitman #3
Cara Gooden ... Truck Stop Girl
Matthew R. Zboyovski ... Truck Stop Boy (as Matt Zboyovski)

Michael Peña ... Ernesto
Alex Joganic ... Kevin
Ocie Pouncie ... Man in Diner

Neva Howell ... Charlene, Budget Agent

Sheri Mann Stewart ... Sandy, Budget Agent

Pete Penuel ... Man in Parade

John O'Leary ... Ben, Caretaker
Leighanne Littrell ... Witnaur's Girlfriend (as Leighanne Wallace)

Rick Hall ... U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division Officer

Eric Siegel ... President Haney's Aide

Ann Cusack ... White House Tour Guide

Jean Speegle Howard ... Asthmatic Woman on Tour

Dorothy Lucey ... News Anchor
Jeff Mandon ... Secret Service Agent

James D. Bissell ... Secret Service Agent (as James Bissell)

Shawn D. Woodyard ... Secret Service Agent
Stephen Wedan ... Mounted Policeman #1

Tom Sean Foley ... Mounted Policeman #2
Michael Russo ... White House Sharpshooter

Christopher Kriesa ... Agent Kopeck
William Kerr ... Vice President Matthews' Make-Up Man

Peter Segal ... TV Technician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tory Christopher ... Campaign Aid (uncredited)
C. Michael Haynes ... Policeman (uncredited)

Marg Helgenberger ... Joanna (uncredited)
Jan Jackson ... Lady in Train (uncredited)

Jesse G. Martin ... Specialty performer (uncredited)

Jennifer L. Ray ... Funeral mourner (uncredited)
Steph Robinson ... Tarheel Fan (uncredited)
Sam P. Whitehead ... Rude Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Segal 
Writing credits
E. Jack Kaplan (story) &
Richard Chapman (story)

E. Jack Kaplan (screenplay) &
Richard Chapman (screenplay) and
Peter Tolan (screenplay)

Produced by
Tracy Barone .... executive producer
Michael Ewing .... co-producer
Jean Higgins .... co-producer
Neil Meron .... executive producer
Jon Peters .... producer
Craig Zadan .... executive producer
Russ Kavanaugh .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
William Ross 
Cinematography by
Julio Macat (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Kerr 
Casting by
Karen Rea 
Production Design by
James D. Bissell  (as James Bissell)
Art Direction by
Gae S. Buckley  (as Gae Buckley)
Michael Rizzo 
Set Decoration by
Gary Fettis 
Costume Design by
Betsy Cox 
Makeup Department
Judy Crown .... personal hair stylist: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Linda Kamp .... makeup artist
Steve LaPorte .... makeup department head
Wayne Massarelli .... makeup artist: Lauren Bacall
Peter Montagna .... assistant makeup artist
Sherri Bramlett .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Sara Seidman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Debbi Bossi .... post-production supervisor
Alma Kuttruff .... unit production manager
Mark Scoon .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Demarais .... dga trainee
Ron Dempsey .... assistant director
Frank Ferro .... second second assistant director: second unit
Ivan J. Fonseca .... second second assistant director: second unit
Freddie Hice .... second unit director
John Hockridge .... first assistant director
Joseph J. Kontra .... second assistant director (as Joe Kontra)
Keri L. McIntyre .... second second assistant director: second unit (as Keri McIntyre)
Diana E. Williams .... second second assistant director (as Diana Williams)
Mary Ellen Woods .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Douglas Abrahamson .... props
Daniel W. Blaha .... propmaker
Kenneth Bryant .... set dresser
Christopher Carlson .... assistant decorator
Conrad Chitwood .... propmakers foreman (as Harry Conrad Chitwood)
Laureen Clarke .... art department coordinator
Christopher L. Conner .... greensman
Sarah Costello .... painter
Mick Cukurs .... set designer
Tammy DeRuiter .... painter
Abigail Drury .... scenic painter
Neil Gahm .... propmaker
Robert L. Girard .... metal shop foreman
Stephanie Girard .... set designer
Susanna Glattly .... scenic charge: Washington DC
Ted Haigh .... assistant art director
Chester Lee Henderson Jr. .... set dresser
Chuck Herrmann .... assistant property master
Kurt V. Hulett .... lead man
J. Luther Jones III .... construction foreman
Christopher Kuder .... property maker
William S. Lake .... propmaker
Eric Luling .... on-set dresser
Jeffrey McMahon .... construction foreman
Tony R. Medina .... propmaker gangboss
Thomas C. Mentzer .... construction foreman
Gary Metzen .... constructor
John W. Morgan .... scenic painter
Maureen Osborne .... set dresser
James Passanante .... paint foreman: South Carolina
Damian 'Rocky' Polito .... carpenter
Michael Sabo .... lead man
John H. Samson .... construction coordinator
Jesse Silver .... illustrator
Ben T. Sineath Jr. .... paint utility
David Sutton .... painter
Michael A. Wells .... propmaker
Marcel Worch .... propmaker
Jim Zemansky .... property master (as James Zemansky)
Kathy Brunswick .... construction buyer (uncredited)
Richard E. Kruder .... property maker (uncredited)
Scott Mobley .... property maker (uncredited)
Debbie Nolan .... propmaker (uncredited)
Harry E. Otto .... set designer (uncredited)
Steve A. Stephenson .... carpenter (uncredited)
Steve A. Stephenson .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound editor
Bob Beher .... supervising foley editor
Jeffree Bloomer .... sound recordist
Kevin E. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Clements .... cable utility
Hank Garfield .... sound
Steven Gerrior .... assistant sound editor
Eric Gotthelf .... foley mixer
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Yvette Hill .... utility sound (as Yvette Garfield)
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Steve Nelson .... sound effects editor
Jay Nierenberg .... supervising sound editor
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Terry Rodman .... supervising sound editor
Robert Schaper .... sound re-recording mixer
Cathie Speakman .... sound editor
Shawn Sykora .... foley editor
Tim Tuchrello .... assistant sound editor
Cary Weitz .... boom operator
David Wolowic .... first assistant sound editor
Richard E. Yawn .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Thomas R. Dickens .... sculptor: miniatures
Alan E. Lorimer .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Robert Chapin .... visual effects
Jon Farhat .... visual effects supervisor
David Fuhrer .... digital artist: CFC
Scott Harper .... digital effects supervisor: Scott Harper and Associates
John Johns .... visual effects video
Jeff Matakovich .... visual effects
Glen David Miller .... digital effects artist
Christopher Savides .... color grader
Jesse Silver .... art department supervisor: Warner Digital Studios
Jesse Silver .... matte artist
Janek Sirrs .... visual effects
Robert Stadd .... visual effects production supervisor
David Taritero .... visual effects producer: Warner Digital
Ariel Velasco-Shaw .... visual effects supervisor
Travis Baumann .... digital artist (uncredited)
Fortunato Frattasio .... visual effects (uncredited)
Juniko Moody .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Gary Allan Parks .... imaging manager (uncredited)
Brian Brown .... stunts (as Brian Lee Brown)
Roydon Clark .... stunts
Danny Costa .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
Teri Garland .... stunts
Eddie Hice .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunt coordinator
Toby Holguin .... stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunts (as Terry J. Leonard)
Jimmy Medearis .... stunts
Darwin Mitchell .... stunts
Daniel O'Haco .... stunts
Erin Ricotti .... stunts (as Erin Ricotti Hice)
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Jason Rodriguez .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Erik Rondell .... stunts
Chuck Zito .... stunts
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunts (uncredited)
John Cenatiempo .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer
Marsha Blackburn .... still photographer
Jeffree Bloomer .... electrician
Rhett Bloomquist .... grip
Paul Caven .... best boy electric
Stephane Cojot-Goldberg .... second assistant camera
James F. Cornick .... rigging technician
Dan Cornwall .... electrician
Stephen Crowley .... best boy
Keith Davis .... electrician: Los Angeles
Keith Davis .... rigging electrician: Asheville
David M. Dunlap .... director of photography: second unit (as David Dunlap)
Lex DuPont .... camera operator
Rusty Edmonson .... lamp operator
Dale Fowler .... electrician
Jimmy Harritos .... electrician
Geoff Herbert .... grip
Robert Hoelen .... grip: second unit
Steele Hunter .... best boy
Joel King .... director of photography: second unit
Charles Laughon .... video assist operator
Stan McClain .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Mark C. McManus .... video assist operator: second unit
Tim Metivier .... second assistant camera
Charles 'Chaz' Norcross .... grip
Larry Orlick .... first assistant camera (as Lawrence Orlick)
Harrison Palmer .... grip
Charles Papert .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Jesse Wayne Parker .... key rigging grip
Aaron Pazanti .... camera operator
Ronald J. Pure Jr. .... best boy electric
Dan Rogers .... grip
Ted Sapp .... pre-rig best boy grip
Lee Shapira .... grip: DC unit
Steve Sudge .... electrician
Michael Tackett .... still photographer
Henry Tirl .... Steadicam assistant
Henry Tirl .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Peter Albert .... video assist: Washington D.C. second unit (uncredited)
Nathan Bishop .... tape operator: Warner Digital (uncredited)
Tom Fendley .... electrician (uncredited)
Bob Williams .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Bianca Cioffi-Zaring .... casting associate
Shirley Fulton Crumley .... location casting
Shannon K. Dunn .... extras casting (as Shannon Dunn)
Theresa Phillips .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deb Dalton .... costumer
Lori DeLapp .... set costumer
Eileen A. Dunn .... personal dresser
Elaine Ramires .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Laura Behary .... assistant film editor
Richard Currie .... assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Michael L. Sale .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Michael Dilbeck .... music supervisor
Andrew Dorfman .... assistant music editor
Jim Harrison .... supervising music editor
Conrad Pope .... orchestrator
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Chris Boardman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Matthew Della Polla .... scoring consultant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Timothy Bolt .... insert car driver
Manny Demello .... driver
David Diaz .... transportation dispatcher
Dan Marrow .... transportation coordinator
Charles Montgomery .... driver: cast
John Rice Sr. .... transportation captain
Phil Strauss .... transportation
John R. Dove .... driver (uncredited)
Mitch Friedman .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor
Chris Beal .... production assistant
Noel Bermudez .... production accountant
Allan Bragg .... stand-in: Jack Lemmon
Patrick Burn .... assistant location manager
Christopher Claisse .... production secretary
Robb Earnest .... production assistant
Damian Ganczewski .... production secretary
Ellen Gessert .... additional location manager
Lance Holland .... location manager
Jerry Hunt .... stand-in
Robert E. Kay .... production assistant
Deborah Laub .... location manager
David Malloy .... assistant to peter segal
Karon May .... script supervisor: second unit
Peter McKernan .... aerial coordinator
Murray Miller .... location manager
Darwin Mitchell .... boss wrangler
Kim Pucci .... executive assistant: Jon Peters
Rip Russell .... accounting assistant
John Sakas .... helicopter pilot
Bill H. Schwocho .... stand-in
Ned R. Shapiro .... location manager
Tony Suber .... teamster
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Adam Feingold .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mark R. Leins .... technician: Tyler mount (uncredited)
Sue Bea Montgomery .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Rick Scheil .... accountant (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for salty language and innuendo
101 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Continuity: When they are at President Kramer's house, his grandson wants President Kramer to play with him. President Kramer takes the boy's toy gun, holds it over his eyes, counts 100, 99, 98 then throws the gun on the sofa. He never picks it up, buy later has it in his pocket on the airplane.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...
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
They're the chiefs and they need hailing, 7 January 2013
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Peter Segal's My Fellow Americans, a kind and genial little film, has coined the term "Grumpy Old Presidents' over time with good reason. Had Walter Mathau been cast in the role of Democratic Governor Matt Douglas and not James Garner, we would've been calling this "Grumpiest Old Men," as if it were a sequel to the inspired comedies Jack Lemmon and Walter Mathau made in the mid-nineties.

But I digress. This is an equally inspired comedy, that knows its tone, knows its audience, and makes good use of its entire cast, especially its lead, Lemmon and Garner, who are unbelievably charismatic together as two bitter political rivals that have proudly clung to this white collar, boyhood way of fighting for decades now. Lemmon plays Republican Senator Russell Kramer and Garner is Democratic Governor Matt Douglas, who have both endured four years in office, first being Kramer defeating Douglas, and then four years later, vice-versa. Now incumbent Douglas has been defeated by former vice president William Haney (Dan Aykroyd) and his vice president Ted Matthews (John Heard). Up to speed? The last few years have been quite quiet for Kramer, who has been publishing books left and right and speaking at various schools and even for insurance companies. Douglas has endured a rougher road, working on publishing a book that is a sub-par effort according to his editor and is in the mix of a long divorce battle. On a plane to a funeral at Air Force One for a fallen Republican, the two men quibble all throughout the plane-ride and cement the fact to us why they have been bitter rivals for so many long years.

When a serious scandal goes on that a man by the name of Charlie Reynolds (James Rebhorn) offered current president Haney kickbacks when he was a vice president, the Democratic Party plots to frame Kramer. But when Charlies is assassinated and Kramer and Douglas are put on a helicopter allegedly headed for Camp David under the order of Haney, but shipped into the middle of nowhere, the two cantankerous old presidents must learn to get along and attempt to stop the kickback scandal currently at hand in the White House.

It's easy to say this film is never boring. What impressed me immediately was how dialog-driven and event-assisted this film became during the middle of its first act and how it never ceased to become lengthy and ponderous. The film uses its two men not as fiery weapons, but as human characters as they try in work through an incomprehensible situation paired with someone they are not fond of. The film continues to throw in different little twists, to keep its slender plot interesting, and never do they seem obligatory and forced. They are all little pieces attributing to the larger conflict at hand and all come to a close nicely.

Writers E. Jack Kaplan, Richard Chapman, and Peter Tolan are too concerned with infusing satire into this material rather than have the characters remain presidential archetypes. Had they not gone for a more satirical effort, depicting corruption in the White House, brutal honest among elected officials, and widely different outlooks on both characters all attempting to cater to the same goal, this could've been a relatively strained, dull, unimportant effort. Yet largely because of the way the film injects little humorous quirks that make both Republicans and Democrats tick is the reason for My Fellow Americans' success as a film and as a whole.

One could argue the film plays it too safe for a comedy directed at satirizing and lampooning American politics. I agree; the film relatively works in an inconsequential light and its prime goal isn't to offend or promote further hatred to one side or the other. But this could work in part of its success too, since we're so accustomed to each side bitterly debating with each other and the almost deliberate and apparent contention each side holds with one another that maybe a "safe" satire on politics is kind of what we need. A fun, free-spirited kind of take on the issue. It doesn't need to be completely offensive, and the film isn't always as safe as it would appear. Yet in the long run, Republicans shouldn't be too offended at the jabs at their stinginess and Democrats shouldn't be offended at the punches at their free use of money.

My Fellow Americans is written efficiently and played nicely by its three writers and directed with a nice loose grip by Peter Segal, who too directed the joyously fun, quick-witted comedy that was Tommy Boy, that emphasized on the snappy worldplay that this project heavily relies on. Both films work well in the same fields, giving us two likable main characters, two talented screen-performers, an easily-digestible script, competent writing, solid direction, and overall, a cheeriness about a subject that we need and should cherish in current times. The whole exercise works on its own merits and that could be the reason you like or dislike this film as a whole.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, and John Heard. Directed by: Peter Segal.

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