To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance, is put in his place.

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Bill Mitchell is the philandering and distant President of the United States. Dave Kovic is a sweet-natured and caring Temp Agency operator, who by a staggering coincidence looks exactly like the President. As such, when Mitchell wants to escape an official luncheon, the Secret Service hires Dave to stand in for him. Unfortunately, Mitchell suffers a severe stroke whilst having sex with one of his aides, and Dave finds himself stuck in the role indefinitely. The corrupt and manipulative Chief of Staff, Bob Alexander, plans to use Dave to elevate himself to the White House - but unfortunately, he doesn't count on Dave enjoying himself in office, using his luck to make the country a better place, and falling in love with the beautiful First Lady... Written by Scott Nisbet <scott_nisbet@hotmail.com>

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Dave Kovic was an ordinary guy who was asked to impersonate the President. When they gave him a chance to make the country better...he did. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for momentary language and a sexual situation | See all certifications »

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£1,349,122 (UK) (12 November 1993)

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£2,131,332 (UK) (10 December 1993)
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The House chamber and the swearing in of the next president were both filmed at the Virginia state capitol in Richmond VA. This building was a national capitol for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War 1861-1895. See more »

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When Dave/President Mitchell, fakes his second stroke, he is taken from the Capital by motorcade to the Hospital. The driveway actually is leaving the International Trade Center/Ronald Reagon Building, onto 12th St, Heading south to the National Mall. This is 11 Blocks West of the Capital. Also the Opposite Direction from Bethesda Naval Hospital. See more »

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Ellen Mitchell: Why couldn't you die from a stroke like everyone else?
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Features Tonight! (1953) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Capra Lives! This charmer stands up beautifully
10 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just saw Dave again after many years, and was impressed by how well it plays in 2006. The tale of a common man taking the place of the President of the USA may have seemed more appropriate to Clinton's time, but it's still full of satirical barbs that keep it contemporary.

The cast is flawless, and the direction is clean. Kevin Kline plays it earnestly and Sigourney Weaver is believable. Frank Langella is a perfect villain. Seeing all the real-life politicos and news-people still make it great fun. I found it very reminiscent of Mr. Smith goes to Washington with Kline doing a great modern Jimmy Stewart. Frank Capra would approve.


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