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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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Peter Segal

Writers:

E. Jack Kaplan (story), Richard Chapman (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

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Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grumpy Old Presidents See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,860,334, 22 December 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,294,341, 16 March 1997
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The jogging scene with Bradley Whitford and Dan Aykroyd is very similar to a jogging scene in The West Wing: What Kind of Day Has It Been (2000) [link=tt0745728} with Bradley Whitford and Tim Matheson. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Referenced in My Fellow Americans: Bloopers (1997) See more »

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Over the Rainbow
Written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Played by band during Gay Pride parade
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Very funny movie
12 November 2002 | by mofrakSee all my reviews

I see by other comments that My Fellow Americans has been compared to Grumpy Old Men and The Odd Couple. Granted, two old guys bickering is not a new plot, but it's one that works very well for both Lemmon and Garner. Jack Lemmon plays Russell Kramer, a typical republican ex-president, while Garner is a Clinton-esque Democrat (although I don't believe party affiliations are mentioned).

There are many funny moments with few jokes that fell flat. I still laugh when I think of the scene where Kramer mentions balls, and then apologizes to his wife (played by Lauren Bacall). She replies with "Please, I'm a politician's wife. I have a set of my own."

I give it 8/10.


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