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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
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 Dunn .... extras casting
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
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
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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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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...
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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The Missing Matthau / Lemmon film, 6 August 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

In the 1990s there were a slew of films in which Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau appeared together. The first two were GRUMPY OLD MEN, and it's sequel GRUMPIER OLD MEN, both of which had good box office. Then came THE GRASS HARP, which is technically one of their joint films, but is actually a dramatization of a fine novel by Truman Capote that had an excellent ensemble cast, and that only had one scene with the two actors together. OUT TO SEA was another Lemmon and Matthau romp, and finally came THE ODD COUPLE II, which was a weak (but amusing) sequel.

Technically, between THE GRASS HARP and OUT TO SEA there was to be this film. It was to star Matthau as a Democratic ex-President, whose one term in office was following the one term of his rival, Republican ex-President Lemmon, and both would be followed by Republican incumbent Dan Ackroyd. But Matthau could not be in the film, presumably due to health problems. Instead, his role was filled in by James Garner. Although one likes watching the chemistry of Matthau and Lemmon in their comedies, the substitution of Garner is probably for the best. Garner's character is like Bill Clinton or John Kennedy, a ladies' man type. In fact, his wife is divorcing him during the film (we only see her briefly when he is elected President). Somehow Matthau could not have fit that type of role.

The 1990s also saw several pictures that tackled the problems of the Presidency. The best of these was THE American PRESIDENT, wherein Michael Douglas tries to balance his job's duties, with his performance ratings, and his falling in love with a woman whose political agenda can be used to bash him (Annette Benning). There was also DAVE, which was a variation on an old Akim Tamiroff film THE MAGNIFICENT FRAUD, wherein a double (KEVIN KLINE) finds he must continue to play the role of the President when the President (who is corrupt) has a devastating stroke. There the double finds himself falling in love with the First Lady (SIGOURNEY WEAVER - who reciprocates), and fighting an unscrupulous, power-hungry chief of staff (FRANK LANGELLA). MY FELLOW Americans fits in with this pair of films in continuing the trend.

Lemmon wins his term as President by defeating his Democratic rival Garner. But four years later Garner defeats incumbent Lemmon. But four years after that Garner is defeated by Lemmon's former Vice President Ackroyd. In the third year of his term, Ackroyd is told by his chief of staff, Bradley Whitford (ironically a member on the television series THE WEST WING currently), that a major financial scandal involving Ackroyd is about to be revealed, and will finish him politically. Ackroyd and Whitford decide to kill the scandal by framing Lemmon for taking the bribes involved. But Lemmon is tipped off about the scandal by news reporter Sela Ward (seeking an exclusive), and Garner learns of it from Democratic Party head Wilfrid Brimley (and encouraged to check into it with the possibility of being renominated for the Presidency again). When the key man in the scandal is shot and killed by a rogue CIA man (Everett McGill, in an exceptionally good, creepy performance), the lives of the two ex-Presidents are in danger. They are forced to join forces to prove Ackroyd's perfidy. They are also forced to confront each other and their own failings.

The reason the film works is it forces the audience to think of what is wrong with the political system. The initial ten minutes, with it's rapid turnover of one term Presidents, mouthing the typical clichés, reminds us that our leaders (with rare exceptions) rarely do more than protect their political hides by not doing anything that would really rock things. This is similar to the situation in THE American PRESIDENT where Douglas will not confront his Republican rival, Richard Dreyfus, who is questioning the influence of Benning on the President's policies, and who is willing to make a deal to pass some cosmetic, worthless "crime bill" instead of tackling the pro-gun lobby.

In MY FELLOW Americans the moment of truth is when both ex-Presidents learn that their mediocre policies cost a nice family their job and their home. Garner finally shows how fed up he is, towards the end, when he tells Lemmon that he is sick of thinking of how little he really accomplished in the four years he was President, and how he wants to demolish Ackroyd's corrupt administration because it is what the starry eyed believers of Democracy expect their Presidents to do.

The cast was quite in the film, but one wishes Lauren Bacall had had more scenes with Lemmon (her husband in the movie), and that Esther Rolle had been in a few more scenes as the White House cook. But otherwise it is a good Garner/Lemmon comedy, even though it was to have been a Matthau/Lemmon film.

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