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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.



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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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:

Дейв  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,349,122 (UK) (12 November 1993)


$63,270,710 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Real life US president at the time Bill Clinton was a big fan of the movie. See more »


In a scene shortly after Dave takes over as President, Bob Alexander and Alan Reed are talking in an office. Bob gives Alan a glass of water with Alka-Seltzer in it. Alan takes a sip before setting the glass down, but when he picks up the glass again during the next shot, there is no Alka-Seltzer in it, only water. See more »


Dave: [entering the Oval Office] Let's get back to work!
[bangs the desk with his hand, sits in the chair and falls over]
Dave: Whoa!
Duane: [closing the Oval Office door] He's all right.
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Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Sung a cappella by Kevin Kline (uncredited) and Sigourney Weaver (uncredited)
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Kevin Kline Raises the Film to a New Level
19 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Dave" should have been a pure mess of a movie, but instead it is a highly enjoyable film which has great elements of comedy and drama. Kevin Kline stars as the title character who must impersonate the president of the United States after the real president suffers a massive heart attack which has left him in a coma. "Dave" goes for laughs, but also has a great deal of drama which keeps the audience intrigued throughout. Frank Langella does some of the best work of his career. Sigourney Weaver, Ving Rhames, Charles Grodin, and Ben Kingsley are all perfectly cast in supporting roles. The screenplay is smart and the direction never loses its focus. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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