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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Cast overview, first billed only:
White House Tour Guide
Senate Majority Leader
House Majority Leader


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Дейв  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,349,122 (UK) (12 November 1993)


£2,131,332 (UK) (10 December 1993)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many Hollywood personalities, US Congressmen, and political commentators appear in this film as themselves. See more »


When Dave removes a hankie from his tote bag for Ellen as she starts to cry, it is crumpled between his index and middle finger. When she reaches for it it is neatly folded between his thumb and index finger. See more »


Dave: If you've ever seen the look on somebody's face the day they finally get a job, I've had some experience with this, they look like they could fly. And its not about the paycheck, it's about respect, it's about looking in the mirror and knowing that you've done something valuable with your day. And if one person could start to feel this way, and then another person, and then another person, soon all these other problems may not seem so impossible. You don't really know how much you can do until ...
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Referenced in Tosh.0: Phil Davison (2011) See more »


Hail to the Chief
(1810) (uncredited)
Music by James Sanderson
Played by a band before the President's speech
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Put simply: a wonderful movie!
28 December 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie. It's just that simple. I've seen it several times and the charm never wears off. Yes, it is a 'feel good movie', but is that so wrong?

As I read some of the other comments about this movie on IMDB, I realize that cynicism can easily get in the way of just enjoying a movie for what it is.

Kevin Kline is terrific and so is the rest of the cast. Also, the insertion of so many real politicians and pundits playing themselves adds a nice tough. I thoroughly recommend this movie! I could give it no less than a 10.

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