My Fellow Americans

1996

My Fellow Americans

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In this comedy, Russell P. Kramer (Jack Lemmon) and Matt Douglas (James Garner) are two former U.S. Presidents who sit on opposite sides of the political fence. Kramer is a stuffy Republican reluctant to part with a dollar, while Douglas is a left-leaning Democrat with an eye for the ladies. Douglas succeeded Kramer in office after a single term, while Douglas, after four years as chief executive, lost to his former running mate William Haney (Dan Aykroyd). When the facts about a bribery scheme in Haney's administration threaten to surface and destroy his reputation, the ruthless president tries to pin the responsibility on Kramer and Douglas -- and when the ex-presidents learn the truth about Haney's dealings, Haney tries to have them killed before they can talk. Kramer and Douglas soon find themselves on the run, disguising themselves as celebrity impersonators, hiding out in the woods with a homeless family, and marching in a Gay Pride parade in an effort to stay clear of Haney's goons while they bring the truth to the people. My Fellow Americans also features Lauren Bacall as Kramer's long-suffering wife and John Heard as Haney's intellectually-challenged vice president. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Jack Lemmon
as Russell P. Kramer
James Garner
as Matt Douglas
Dan Aykroyd
as William Haney
John Heard
as Ted Matthews
Sela Ward
as Kaye Griffin
Wilford Brimley
as Joe Hollis
Everett McGill
as Col. Paul Tanner
Bradley Whitford
as Carl Witnauer
Lauren Bacall
as Margaret Kramer
James Rebhorn
as Charlie Reynolds
Conchata Ferrell
as Woman Truck Driver
Tom Everett
as Wilkerson
Jeff Yagher
as Lt. Ralph Fleming
Edwin Newman
as Himself
Lynn Clark
as Chrissy Kramer
Leigh Rose
as Katherine Douglas
Mihoko Tokoro
as Japanese Singer
Ken Enomoto
as Hiroshi Ashino
Gene Bolande
as Injured Golf Spectator
Francesca Rollins
as Reporter No. 1
Paul Feig
as Reporter No. 2
Cathy Ladman
as Reynolds' Secretary
Dana Gould
as Sandwich Guy at Book Convention
Scott Hoxby
as Man with Subpoena
Jonathan Osser
as Kramer's Grandson
Mitch Braswell
as Marine One Pilot
Art Booth
as Marine One Co-Pilot
Steve Carlisle
as Man in Train Station Bathroom
Bobby Bass
as NSA Hit Man No. 1
Steve Chambers
as NSA Hit Man No. 2
Jimmy Nickerson
as NSA Hit Man No. 3
Cara Gooden
as Truck Stop Girl
Matt Zboyovski
as Truck Stop Boy
Ocie Pouncie
as Man in Diner
Neva Howell
as Charlene, Budget Agent
Sheri Mann Stewart
as Sandy, Budget Agent
Pete Penuel
as Man in Parade
John O'Leary
as Caretaker Ben
Leighanne Wallace
as Witnaur's Girlfriend
Rick Hall
as White House Guard
Eric Siegel
as President Haney's Aide
Ann Cusack
as White House Tour Guide
Dorothy Lucey
as News Anchor
Jeff Mandon
as Secret Service Agent
James D. Bissell
as Secret Service Agent
Shawn D. Woodyard
as Secret Service Agent
Stephen Wedan
as Mounted Police No. 1
Tom Sean Foley
as Mounted Police No. 2
Michael Russo
as White House Sharpshooter
Christopher Kriesa
as Agent Kopeck
William Kerr
as V. P. Matthews' Make-Up Man
Peter Segal
as TV Technician
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Critic Reviews for My Fellow Americans

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  • With two of the screen's best comedic actors, a script that crackles with wit and surprise, and perfectly tuned direction, My Fellow Americans scores a bull's-eye.

    Aug 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Using talent of this order on a script this weak, along with merely decorative appearances by the likes of Lauren Bacall and Wilford Brimley, amounts to the Hollywood equivalent of government waste.

    Oct 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • As political satire, My Fellow Americans makes a poor candidate.

    Oct 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Yes, it's Grumpy Old Presidents, in which most of the comedy comes from the supposed shock of hearing two senior citizens cursing at each other in terms Beavis and Butt-head would find inelegant.

    Oct 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • I'd cheerfully vote the writers, director and producers of My Fellow Americans out of office.

    Oct 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The movie suggests we get the government we deserve, but do we really deserve this movie?

    Oct 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Fellow Americans

  • Feb 24, 2017
    Jack Lemmon and James Garner star in the hilarious political satire My Fellow Americans. After narrowly escaping an assassination attempt former presidents and bitter rivals Kramer and Douglas team-up in order to expose a plot to cover-up a breaking political scandal. Lemmon and Garner are really good together and have great comedic chemistry. And the comedy is really well written, taking jabs at both political parties and lampooning modern political figures like Bill Clinton, Dan Quayle, and George Bush. Yet, the humor can get a little too silly and slapstick-ish at times. My Fellow Americans has some problems, but it's fun and delivers a lot of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2011
    Perfect casting as Jack Lemon and James Garner play American ex-Presidents in quite a believable way in both terms of looks and attitude. A brilliant team up with both actors being on top form with witty dialog and some great one two's as they bicker and fight across the Southern Appalachians trying to get their evidence of a conspiracy back to the current President. The film is really quite underrated and plays out so well with the two leads having superb timing and really nailing their moments with good old fashioned classic comedy. The plot isn't too complex, it looks really good with some great looking sets (I presume) of the White House, Airforce One plus some nice location work as the two stars bumble through nature. Was meant to be a Lemon and Matthau double team flick but to be honest I think this duo works better as Garner really fit the role so well, highly recommended :)
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2011
    More or less, could be much better.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2010
    In this comedy, Russell P. Kramer (Jack Lemmon) and Matt Douglas (James Garner) are two former U.S. Presidents who sit on opposite sides of the political fence. Kramer is a stuffy Republican reluctant to part with a dollar, while Douglas is a left-leaning Democrat with an eye for the ladies. Douglas succeeded Kramer in office after a single term, while Douglas, after four years as chief executive, lost to his former running mate William Haney (Dan Aykroyd). When the facts about a bribery scheme in Haney's administration threaten to surface and destroy his reputation, the ruthless president tries to pin the responsibility on Kramer and Douglas -- and when the ex-presidents learn the truth about Haney's dealings, Haney tries to have them killed before they can talk. Kramer and Douglas soon find themselves on the run, disguising themselves as celebrity impersonators, hiding out in the woods with a homeless family, and marching in a Gay Pride parade in an effort to stay clear of Haney's goons while they bring the truth to the people. My Fellow Americans also features Lauren Bacall as Kramer's long-suffering wife and John Heard as Haney's intellectually-challenged vice president.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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