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MY FELLOW AMERICANS

SYNOPSIS:
Russell Kramer (Jack Lemon) and Matthew Douglas (James Garner) are two former US presidents who battled hard against each other on the campaign trail. Now retired from office, they hate everything about each other - but they hate their own lives out of the political limelight even more. Nothing they do - from delivering speeches, to writing books or making public appearances, can diminish the fact that public life has passed them by. When a brewing White House scandal threatens to implicate both men, Kramer and Douglas grudgingly team up and head into the heartland of America to find out who is behind the scheme. As they scramble to elude the political operatives pursuing them, they have a comic series of adventures, teaching them much about the country that elected them and themselves.

"The pleasure in seeing this film, is not the script (which is certainly competent), or direction (which is pedestrian at best), but at seeing two movie stars displaying their comic energy to the fullest, confirming that few Hollywood stars today have that sense of longevity. This comedy sends former U.S. presidents Russell Kramer (Jack Lemmon) and Matt Douglas (James Garner) on a cross-country flight from assassins. Bitter foes at the outset, they form a shaky alliance while scrambling from helicopter to train to motorcycle to car to pickup truck to horse. Along the way, they suffer the abuse of citizens who either loathed them while they were in office or have now mistaken them for impersonators. Dan Aykroyd appears briefly as the sitting president who may be behind the assassination plot. In essence, My Fellow Americans is a fun filled piece, a kind of Grumpy Old Men with a different slant. It has some choice moments, and what it has are Lemmon and Garner, a formidable sparring duo who simply light up the screen with their brilliance and energy. While there are many fine actors around today, the chances of any of them working in their sixties and seventies are remote at best; the handful that do, do so because they know the camera intimately, they have personality, and star power. These two wily souls ham it up beautifully in this otherwise routine comedy, and for them alone, this movie is one to be savoured."
Paul Fischer

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All the President's men


James Garner and Jack Lemmon

MY FELLOW AMERICANS (M)
(US)

CAST: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard, Sela Ward, Wilford Brimley, Everett McGill, Bradley Whitford, Lauren Bacall, James Rebhorn, Esther Rolle, Conchata Ferrell, Jack Kehler, Copnnie Ray, Tom Everett, Mark Lowenthal, Jeff Yagher

DIRECTOR: Peter Segal

PRODUCER: Jon Peters

SCRIPT: Jack Kaplan, Richard Chapman, Peter Tolan (Story by Kaplan, Chapman)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Julio Macat

EDITOR: William Kerr

MUSIC: William Ross

PRODUCTION DESIGN: James Bissell

RUNNING TIME: 101 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: ROADSHOW

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 15, 1997







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