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Dave -- 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.
Dave -- 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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Writer (WGA):
Gary Ross (written by)
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Release Date:
7 May 1993 (USA) See more »
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In a country where anybody can become President, anybody just did See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Kline ... Dave Kovic / Bill Mitchell

Sigourney Weaver ... Ellen Mitchell

Frank Langella ... Bob Alexander

Kevin Dunn ... Alan Reed

Ving Rhames ... Duane Stevenson

Ben Kingsley ... Vice-President Nance

Charles Grodin ... Murray Blum

Faith Prince ... Alice

Laura Linney ... Randi

Bonnie Hunt ... White House Tour Guide

Parley Baer ... Senate Majority Leader

Stefan Gierasch ... House Majority Leader

Anna Deavere Smith ... Mrs. Travis
Charles Hallahan ... Policeman

Tom Dugan ... Jerry
Alba Oms ... Lola

Steve Witting ... Secret Service #1
Kellen Sampson ... David
Lexie Bigham ... White House Guard
Frederic W. Barnes ... Frederic Barnes
Ronald Brownstein ... Ronald Brownstein
Eleanor Clift ... Eleanor Clift

Chris Dodd ... Chris Dodd (as Senator Christopher Dodd)
Tom Harkin ... Tom Harkin (as Senator Tom Harkin)
Bernard Kalb ... Bernard Kalb

Larry King ... Larry King
Michael Kinsley ... Michael Kinsley
Morton Kondracke ... Morton Kondracke

Jay Leno ... Jay Leno
Frank Mankiewicz ... Frank Mankiewicz

Chris Matthews ... Chris Matthews (as Christopher Matthews)
John McLaughlin ... John McLaughlin
Howard Metzenbaum ... Howard Metzenbaum (as Senator Howard Metzenbaum)
Abner J. Mikva ... Abner J. Mikva (as Justice Abner J. Mikva)
Robert D. Novak ... Robert D. Novak
Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill ... Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill
Richard Reeves ... Richard Reeves

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Arnold Schwarzenegger
Paul Simon ... Paul Simon (as Senator Paul Simon)
Alan Simpson ... Alan Simpson (as Senator Alan Simpson)

Ben Stein ... Ben Stein

Oliver Stone ... Oliver Stone
Kathleen Sullivan ... Kathleen Sullivan
Jeff Tackett ... Jeff Tackett

Helen Thomas ... Hellen Thomas
Nina Totenberg ... Nina Totenberg
Sander Vanocur ... Sander Vanocur
John Yang ... John Yang

Stephen Root ... Don Durenberger

Catherine Reitman ... Girl at Durenberger's
Dawn Arnemann ... Mom at Durenberger's
Marianna Harris ... Clara
Sarah Marshall ... Diane
Ralph Manza ... White House Barber
George Martin ... President's Physician
Laurie Franks ... White House Nurse

Tom Kurlander ... Trauma Doctor

Dendrie Taylor ... Trauma Nurse
Joe Kuroda ... Japanese Prime Minister
Geneviève Robert ... Vice-President's Wife

Jason Reitman ... Vice-President's Son
Ruth Goldway ... Secretary of Education

Frank Birney ... Director of OMB

Paul Collins ... Secretary of Treasury

Peter White ... Secretary of Commerce
Robin Gammell ... Postmaster General
Heather Hewitt ... Judy

Gary Ross ... Policeman #2

Jeffrey Joseph ... Ellen's Aide (as Jeff Joseph)

Bonnie Bartlett ... Female Senator

Robert Walsh ... Speaker of the House (as Robert V. Walsh)

William Pitts ... Congressional Doorkeeper

Dan Butler ... Reporter
Wendy Gordon ... Announcer

Ben Patrick Johnson ... Announcer
Steve Kmetko ... Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bob Bergen ... Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Tom Bysiek ... Secret Service (uncredited)

Tory Christopher ... White House Press Corp (uncredited)
F. Pierre Gatling ... Social Worker Greeter #1 (uncredited)
Ryal Haakenson ... Man at Banquet / Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Kirk Jordan ... Man (uncredited)
Mary Kircher ... Congressional Member (uncredited)

Aaron Michael Lacey ... Reporter (uncredited)

Keith Lewis ... Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
Melissa S. Markess ... Politician (uncredited)

Michael Noel ... Reporter (uncredited)

William Shipman ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Paul Speaks ... Secret Service (uncredited)
Debbie Tsamoudakis ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Sam Wells ... Political Adviser (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ivan Reitman 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Gary Ross (written by)

Produced by
Sherry Fadely .... associate producer
Michael C. Gross .... executive producer
Joe Medjuck .... executive producer
Ivan Reitman .... producer
Lauren Shuler Donner .... producer (as Lauren Shuler-Donner)
Gordon A. Webb .... associate producer (as Gordon Webb)
 
Original Music by
James Newton Howard (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Adam Greenberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sheldon Kahn (film editor)
 
Casting by
Michael Chinich (casting by)
Bonnie Timmermann (casting by)
 
Production Design by
J. Michael Riva 
 
Art Direction by
David F. Klassen  (as David Klasson)
 
Set Decoration by
Michael Taylor 
 
Costume Design by
Richard Hornung 
 
Makeup Department
Ron Berkeley .... make-up artist
Linda DeVetta .... make-up artist (as Linda De Veta Richmond)
Robert Norin .... make-up artist
Stephen Robinette .... hair stylist
Christopher Shihar .... hair stylist (as Christofer Shihar)
Marlene D. Williams .... hair stylist (as Marlene Williams)
 
Production Management
Gordon A. Webb .... unit production manager (as Gordon Webb)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kate Davey .... second assistant director
Peter Giuliano .... first assistant director
Michael C. Gross .... second unit director
John M. Morse .... d.g.a. trainee (as John Morse)
Rebecca Strickland .... second second assistant director
Robert Webb .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Steve Arnold .... set designer
Frank L. Brown .... assistant property master (as Frank Brown)
John Dexter .... set designer
Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt .... standby painter (as Bill Hoyt)
C.J. Maguire .... property master
Lee Orlikoff .... leadman
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. .... set designer (as Joseph Pacelli Jr.)
Doug Rosenberger .... construction foreman
Terry Scott .... construction coordinator
Darrell L. Wight .... set designer (as Darrell Wight)
Charles William Breen .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Michael Denering .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sara Gardner-Gail .... set decoration buyer (uncredited)
William H. Phen Jr. .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Darin Raney .... assistant art department coordinator (uncredited)
Frank White .... propmaker (uncredited)
Lynn Wilder .... set scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George H. Anderson .... dialogue editor (as George Anderson)
John H. Arrufat .... dialogue editor (as John Arrufat)
Anna Behlmer .... re-recording mixer
Stu Bernstein .... effects editor
Gary C. Bourgeois .... re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Gene S. Cantamessa .... production sound mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
Steve Cantamessa .... boom operator
Carmen Flores De Tanis .... assistant adr editor (as Carmen Flores)
Joe Dorn .... adr editor
Michael Dressel .... foley editor
Alison Fisher .... dialogue editor
Richard Friedman .... adr editor (as Dick Friedman)
Jessica Gallavan .... supervising adr editor
David Giammarco .... effects editor
Avram D. Gold .... adr editor (as Avram Gold)
Meredith Gold .... assistant sound editor
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
Allen Hartz .... dialogue editor
Jonathan Klein .... foley editor
Steve Mann .... effects editor
John Murray .... foley supervisor
Jennifer Portman .... assistant sound editor
Jeanine Schaack .... first assistant sound editor
Roy Seeger .... assistant sound editor
Linda Whittlesey .... dialogue editor
Steve Bartkowicz .... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Henry Boger .... additional boom operator (uncredited)
Scott Brose .... sound editor (uncredited)
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Elmo Ponsdomenech .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Blitstein .... special effects foreman (as David M. Blitstein)
Randy Cabral .... special effects (uncredited)
Hans Metz .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Harrison Ellenshaw .... visual effects supervisor: Buena Vista Visual Effects
Kevin Koneval .... optical supervisor: Buena Vista Visual Effects
Paul Lasaine .... matte painting supervisor: Buena Vista Visual Effects
Winston Quitasol .... visual effects line-up: Buena Vista Visual Effects
Wally Schaab .... matte cameraman: Buena Vista Visual Effects
Lynda Thompson .... visual effects producer: Buena Vista Visual Effects (as Lynda Lemon)
William L. Arance .... visual effects (uncredited)
Les Bernstien .... visual effects (uncredited)
Blaine Converse .... visual effects (uncredited)
Mark Gutterud .... first assistant camera: VistaVision (uncredited)
Peter Koczera .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Don Lee .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Calvin Doyle .... stunt limo driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William D. Barber .... second camera operator (as William Barber)
Hans Bjerno .... camera operator: second unit, Wescam
Ralph Brandofino .... first assistant camera: second unit
Michael A. Chavez .... first camera assistant (as Mike Chavez)
Alan Cohen .... second camera assistant
François Duhamel .... still photographer (as Francois Duhamel)
John J. Ellingwood .... second camera assistant (as John Ellingwood)
Brad Emmons .... rigging gaffer (as Bradley Thomas Emmons)
Cary Fisher .... camera operator: second unit
James W. Gavin .... aerial photographer: second unit (as James Gavin)
Robert Gray .... key grip
Dennis J. Laine .... first camera assistant
Kevin J. Lang .... assistant chief lighting technician
Steven C. McGee .... chief lighting technician (as Steven McGee)
Paul Murphey .... video playback
Peter Norman .... director of photography: second unit
Bill Roe .... camera operator
Alan Shultz .... dolly grip (as Alan K. Shultz)
Jeff Triandos .... best boy grip
James Wirosko .... assistant chief lighting technician
Elizabeth Ziegler .... steadicam operator (as Liz Ziegler)
Glenn Corbett .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Ken Fisher .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Steve Hastings .... best boy rigger (uncredited)
Richard H. Kryder .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Mark Mele .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Ed Slater .... electrician (uncredited)
Rick Strodel .... grip (uncredited)
Robert Zullo .... rigging grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Alan Berger .... casting associate
Lia Abbate .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Jimmy Jue .... extras casting (uncredited)
Mariann H.W. Lee .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Bridges .... assistant designer
Gary Jones .... assistant designer
Michelle Kurpaska .... key costumer
Ann Roth .... wardrobe: Ms. Weaver
James W. Tyson .... costume supervisor (as Jim Tyson)
William Dean .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Adrienne Manhan .... costumer (uncredited)
David Page .... costumer: Mr. Kline (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Clay Cambern .... assistant film editor
Janice Campion .... assistant film editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Daniel R. Padgett .... assistant film editor
Reine-Claire .... associate film editor
Saul Saladow .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Shawn Murphy .... music scoring mixer
David Olson .... assistant music editor
Marty Paich .... orchestra conductor
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Chris Boardman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
James Newton Howard .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Michael Mason .... score co-producer (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dick Johnson .... transportation captain
Craig Pinkard .... transportation coordinator
Robert Foster Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paula Benson-Himes .... production secretary
Matthew J. Birch .... assistant: Ms. Shuler-Donner
Michael J. Burmeister .... location manager (as Michael Burmeister)
Paul A. Calabria .... animal trainer (as Paul Calabria)
James Dew .... animal trainer (as James R. Dew)
Roselle Gordon .... staff assistant
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor
Brian O. Haynes .... location manager (as Brian Haynes)
Brad Hill .... staff assistant
Luis Lara .... caterer
Kathy Liska .... assistant: Ms. Shuler-Donner
Karin McElhatton .... animal trainer
Jonathan McGarry .... staff assistant
Marcus Miller .... assistant: Mr. Gross
Kathryn Mindala .... assistant accountant
Janice Naehu .... assistant: Mr. Medjuck
Tiffany Owens .... staff assistant
Yvonne Owens .... assistant: Mr. Reitman
Peggy Pridemore .... location manager: second unit
Anne S. Reilly .... unit publicist (as Anne Reilly)
Jody Spilkoman .... staff assistant
Sib Ventress .... assistant production secretary
Phil Wise .... technical advisor: White House
Ray Zimmerman .... production accountant
Bob Bergen .... voice: special vocal effects (uncredited)
Patrick Burn .... location scout (uncredited)
Jordan Chinich .... production assistant (uncredited)
John Crowder .... assistant location manager: second unit (uncredited)
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Yvonne Goessling .... assistant: Ivan Reitman (uncredited)
Kurt Greufe .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
John J. Kelly .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Adam Leichtman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
H.P. Goldfield .... we gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
Steven B. Hantler .... we gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
Elliot M. Kaplan .... we gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
Allison Kennedy .... we gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
 
Crew verified as complete


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Rated PG-13 for momentary language and a sexual situation
Runtime:
110 min
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Trivia:
Many Hollywood personalities, US Congressmen, and political commentators appear in this film as themselves.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Dave calls the Joint Session of Congress, none of the US Supreme Court Justices are present. They would be seated at the front of the chamber dressed in their robes. For none of the 9 judges to attend such an important Presidential address would be unthinkable.See more »
Quotes:
[on the balcony, being fed lines by Bob and Al, they try to tell him to leave]
Alan Reed:Go!
Bob Alexander:Go, go!
Dave:[raises a fist] Go, go, go!
[the reporters look confused]
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Hail to the chief, he's the one we all say hail to!, 29 June 2008
Author: cosmorados from United Kingdom

Bob Mitchell is the typical US president. Dodgy, rich, adulterous, you know the rest. Whilst he is supposed to attend a function he uses a double, the nice guy Dave Kovic, as a stand-in so he can spend the night with his secretary. However, after he suffers a massive stroke, he lapses into a coma, his chief of staff and chief scriptwriter however are intertwined in a corruption scandal and if the vice president takes over they will be scuppered. So rather than do that they decide to keep using the stand-in to maintain the illusion that the president is just fine.

Not having suffered the rise to power that many politicians go through Dave isn't blinded by just running things the way they always have been and can see the many wrong decisions that politicians make simply to keep the status quo and, after tiring of simply following the orders of the chief of staff, decides to do what so few US presidents do, and make things better for the working man.

To this and the last decade Gary Ross is what Frank Capra was to the thirties and forties, with a variety of feel good films that challenge are ideas about what the world is and what it should be. The script for this film is dynamite with a ton of great touches, including Dave's changing from Presidential script reader to tourist as he spots a souvenir. The film manages to stride in between the dangerous path of a hard right "Eastwood-Esque" take on things and the ultra-liberal path that someone like Redford would focus on. Instead the film manages to put itself in the minds of the ordinary Joe, who watches in disbelief at the stupid things that the powers that be spend money on, when so many problems still go on without being addressed at all, with sound bites like "You can't solve problems by throwing money at them" (How come it's only the wealthy that say that?)

The performances are all first rate with Kevin Kline magnificent as the idealistic Dave Kovic thrown into the deep end after becoming the leader of the free world, Frank Langella and Alan Reed also excel as the Chief of staff and Chief scriptwriter, with Charles Grodin stealing the scene as the put upon Murray who takes on various people from Dave's temp agency when he is stuck finding work for people elsewhere. The direction is nothing special but succeeds in telling the story with humour and sadness that very often the people who get the top job have so little knowledge of the people at the bottom to make any significant change in society.

First rate, and far better than the IMDb rating suggests. Also watch out for a great end gag. Top drawer.

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