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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.

Director:

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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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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Segal: As a television technician. See more »

Goofs

After President Kramer's grandson went to play hide-n-seek, Kramer tossed aside the squirt gun he had taken from the grandson. Yet later on the helicopter he pulled the squirt gun from his jacket pocket. 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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Soundtracks

The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
Written by Al Dubin and Harry Warren
Produced by Gilbert Karson
Performed by Mihoko Tokoro
Sung in Japanese as Kramer makes personal appearance for Japanese insurance company.
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Kings Among the Commoners
17 May 2004 | by urthmothrSee 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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