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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

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

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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

Gross USA:

$22,313,201

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,313,201
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

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After the Presidents steal the station wagon from the campers, you see them zoom out on to the road taking a sharp right turn. If you look in the windshield it is apparent that there is only one person in the car... the stunt driver. 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. 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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My Fellow Americans: 8/10
29 November 2002 | by movieguy1021See all my reviews

Jack Lemmon and James Garner are in top comedic form in My Fellow Americans. They, respectively, play former President Russell Kramer (Republican) and former President Matt Douglas (Democrat), who have spent the last thirty years hating each others guts. "It's always sad when another good Democrat dies," Douglas says to a Secret Service Agent while on the way to the funeral. "I believe that the deceased was a Republican, sir," he replies. To that, Douglas says, "Oh. Then this might not be so bad."

The current President, Haney (Dan Aykroyd) took kickback while Kramer was president. And Haney's trying to pin them on Kramer. Kramer and Douglas both know about it and Haney's going to try to kill them. When that proves unsucessful, Kramer and Douglas end up stranded alone in the middle of nowhere. So the two people, who loathe each other, must work together to tell thier fellow Americans while seeing the effect of their presidency on the general people.

There are too many political movies. There aren't many political comedies. There are even less raunchy political comedies. In fact, it seems that My Fellow Americans should have been raunchier to warrant an R rating. Peter Segal wanted it to be ribald, but it would have been easier to write for if they didn't have an PG-13 rating in mind, so they could open up the humor a little.

I really like the two leads. They had great chemistry together, I thought they actually hated each other. Lemmon and Garner had a great sense of comedic timing. The movie knew it was a comedy, but tried to take itself in a serious way, which has a great result. Other characters, however, pop up and then leave. Kay Griffin (Sela Ward), the reporter, has about two scenes, and Ben just pops up out of nowhere.

It was extremely funny. Its raunch mixed in with tries-to-take-it-serious humor: "Now, if you'll excuse me, my salad's getting cold." I can't really think of anything else to say.

My Fellow Americans is very funny with great leads. Look for it!

My rating: 8/10

Rated PG-13 for salty language and innuendo.


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