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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 <>

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In a country where anybody can become President, anybody just 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:

Dave, presidente por un día  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,349,122 (UK) (12 November 1993)


£2,131,332 (UK) (10 December 1993)

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1.85 : 1
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Oliver Stone:  the man who tries to convince the reporter that the president is not the same man as he used to be. See more »


When the First Lady visits Dave in his private office, he is sitting on a couch. When she joins him and takes a seat, it's a love seat. See more »


Dave Kovic: She's great. She's really exotic! She's a princess! She's Polynesian - well, half Polynesian, and half American. She's... Amnesian.
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Referenced in Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Ultimatum (1999) See more »


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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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