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Dave (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 7 May 1993 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Дейв  »

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Opening Weekend:

£1,349,122 (UK) (12 November 1993)

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$63,270,710 (USA)
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The film's Oval Office set was reused more than 25 times, for television shows and films like The Pelican Brief (1993), Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), Clear and Present Danger (1994) and Absolute Power (1997). See more »

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When Dave takes the fertility beads from Vice President Nance, he puts them on his right arm and, as he moves around the desk, they move from right arm to left arm and back to his right arm. See more »

Quotes

[singing in the shower]
Dave: Hail to the chief / He's the one we all say "Hail" to. / We all say "Hail" / 'Cause he keeps himself so clean! / He's got the power, / That's why he's in the shower...
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Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.87 (2010) See more »

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Hail to the Chief
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Music by James Sanderson
Played by a band before the President's speech
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One of my all-time favorites.
6 October 2014 | by (the Edge of the Cosmos) – See all my reviews

I really can't express how much I like this movie.

Forget about the exceptional cast and acting. Forget Ivan Reitman's great direction and the highly suitable music of James Newton Howard. Even the notable guest appearances from senators, journalists etc.

That makes it for me one of my all time favorite movies, is the heart of its characters, especially Dave.

It's all about doing the right thing.

Unfortunately almost never good people reach the highest offices. You need to be a politician. To sell yourself bit by bit, to compromise, to lie or even worst.

But what if? What if purely by chance or because the universe wanted it, a good, honest, caring man becomes the most powerful man in the world? This is the main theme of this great movie and you surely wont give it justice if you see it as a farce or a comedy.

For me this movie is a 10. I really think writers and directors should make more movies like this, instead of writing about lunatics and serial killers.


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