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Star Jack Lemmon did all of his own stunts for this movie.
This was originally supposed to be a Walter Matthau/Jack Lemmon movie with the role of Matt Douglas written for Matthau. However, due to illness, Matthau pulled out and was replaced by James Garner.
At the Russell P. Kramer Presidential Library in Ohio, there is a life size cutout of President Kramer in a U.S. Naval officer's uniform. Jack Lemmon really served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
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Wilford Brimley plays the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. In real life, Brimley is a Republican and campaigned for John McCain for President in 2008.
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Legendary actress Lauren Bacall only has eleven lines of dialogue in the entire film.
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The train used in the movie is a functioning tourist train located outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.
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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."
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Third and final of three cinema movie collaborations of actor James Garner and actress Lauren Bacall after HealtH (1980) and The Fan (1981).
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Jack Lemmon; and three Oscar nominees: James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, and Lauren Bacall.
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Released four years after The Distinguished Gentleman, another political comedy film which also includes James Garner. While here he was a former president with a philandering nature, in the 1992 film, he was a longtime congressman who died while having sex with his assistant and thus paved the way for Eddie Murphy's character to be elected and assume his post.
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Three actors who appeared in this movie all passed away in 2014. They were: Lauren Bacall, James Garner, and James Rebhorn.
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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).
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Throughout the entire film it is never made clear who Matt Douglas (James Garner)'s Vice President was.
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On the set during principal photography the picture was often informally and unofficially called "Grumpy Old Presidents".
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The name of the all women motor-cycle gang was "DYKES on bikes".
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Intelligence agencies referenced and/or featured in the film include the NSA, the CIA, and the U.S. Secret Service.
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The slogan on the banner of the West Virginia Gay Men's Coalition read: "We're Here & We're Queer".
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In one scene, the former U.S. Presidents, Democrat President Matt Douglas (James Garner) and Republican President Russell Kramer (Jack Lemmon), run into an Elvis Presley impersonator. In real life, former U.S. Republican President Richard Nixon met Elvis Presley at the White House. This actual meeting has been the subject of at least three films. These are: Elvis & Nixon (2016), Elvis Meets Nixon (1997), and When Elvis Met Nixon (2009).
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The name of the book that former Democrat President Matt Douglas (James Garner) wrote was "The Challenging Years" whilst the names of some of the seven books that former Republican President Russell Kramer (Jack Lemmon had written included "Hail to the Chef !", "Read My Tulips", and "Executive Obedience: Learn from the Master".
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Real life U.S. American Presidents mentioned during the film included George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington.
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James Garner played a fictional former Democrat President called Matt Douglas in this film. Actor Michael Douglas had recently portrayed fictional U.S. President Andrew Shepherd in The American President (1995) which had been made and released the previous year prior to My Fellow Americans (1996).
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Cameo 

Jennifer Austin: As a Marilyn Monroe lookalike who speaks to former Democrat President and ladies' man Matt Douglas (James Garner). In real life, movie star Marilyn Monroe had an affair with former U.S. Democrat President John F. Kennedy.
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Director Cameo 

Peter Segal: As a television technician.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Body count: 4.
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To be a "friend of Dorothy" is a phrase which can also translate to being a straight person for gay rights - also known as an "ally." Some allies will also wear the rainbow ring necklace in support of them. President Kramer (Jack Lemmon) might not have known this, but it did save his life from someone he met "over the rainbow."
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