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We're the Government -- and You're Not (2005)

What if the U.S. government released a "public service film" to teach Americans today how to be good citizens? "We're the Government -- and You're Not," is a satire of just such an "... See full summary »


David McElroy


David McElroy


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Credited cast:
Emily Amari Emily Amari ... Gamblers Consort
Ronald Barbee Ronald Barbee ... Wealthy Gambler
Eric Boykin Eric Boykin ... Drug Dealer
Yiu-fai Chen Yiu-fai Chen ... Chinese Diplomat (as Dr. Yiu-fai Chen)
Ben Elkins Ben Elkins ... Tobacco Farmer
Lauren Erwin Lauren Erwin ... Troublemaker No. 4
Kenneth Faught Kenneth Faught ... Television Store Clerk
Tim Fox Tim Fox ... Troublemaker No. 2
Hal Harris Jr. Hal Harris Jr. ... Bovine Scientist
Andrew Hensley Andrew Hensley ... Troublemaker No. 3
Neal Hunter Hyde Neal Hunter Hyde ... Television Buyer
Sam Laird Sam Laird ... Lottery Ticket Buyer
Jamie Lawerence Jamie Lawerence ... Libertarian Candidate
J.J. Marrs J.J. Marrs ... Tom
Chayne McDonald Chayne McDonald ... Young pot smoker


What if the U.S. government released a "public service film" to teach Americans today how to be good citizens? "We're the Government -- and You're Not," is a satire of just such an "educational film." It's a satire of just how the federal government expects its "loyal subjects" to behave. If you'll obey these simple rules, you'll be a good, patriotic American citizen -- as far as the feds are concerned. Written by David McElroy

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Short | Comedy



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Release Date:

24 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Birmingham, Alabama, USA


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$8,500 (estimated)
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McElroy Media See more »
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Did You Know?


Courtney Haden, one of the greatest and kindest men I've ever known, helped with the sound editing, score, and voice acting for this film. He sadly passed away in very early 2017 and he will be missed. See more »

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11 November 2010 | by dickfitz2See all my reviews

I was impressed with the way the filmmaker was able to do such a good short on such a small budget, and cram so much humor in his observations about government intrusion. Glad I saw it today!

All 3 sections are well acted and professionally shot. I was impressed with the night shot in the park- very sharp.

For such a small film, he picked good actors- many of them are very good at their line(s), with only one or two weak links. The first dissident is very good. The voice-over actor is superb. I can't say enough good things about this short film. Congratulations to the director!

Hope more people will check it out!

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