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My Fellow Americans

Director: Peter Segal
Writers: E. Jack Kaplan, Richard Chapman and Peter Tolan
Director of Photography: Julio Macat
Editor: William Kerr
Music: William Ross
Production Designer: James Bissell
Producer:Jon Peters
Warner Bros.; PG-13; 101 minutes
Release: 12/96
Cast: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard and Everett McGill


My Fellow Americans
Warner Bros.
One for the Geritol crowd, My Fellow Americans relies on geriatric zingers to keep a dull script moving. The enthusiastic performances of Lemmon and Garner inject zest into the political farce, making the film a somewhat enjoyable road trip. The entire premise reminds us of how much faith we've lost in the White House, as if anyone needs reminding. With a scandal brewing in the White House, President William Haney (Aykroyd) plans to implicate his two predecessors, Republican Russell P. Kramer (Lemmon) and his Democratic rival Matthew Douglas (Garner). But Haney wants them dead so they can't expose him. Haney tries to hasten their demise by staging a plane crash. Kramer and Douglas barely escape and begin a journey through the heartland dodging Haney's operatives and each other's barbs. While on the lam, the carping former chief executives rely on the commonplace citizens they ignored while in office.


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