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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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7 May 1993 (USA) See more »
In a country where anybody can become President, anybody just did See more »
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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Politically naïve and a bit thin but it is amusing, well played light film that will give you a temporary warm feeling inside See more (114 total) »


  (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)

Directed by
Ivan Reitman 
Writing credits
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)
Rose Procopio Barondess .... makeup artist (uncredited)
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)
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)
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
110 min
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Real life US president at the time Bill Clinton was a big fan of the movie.See more »
Continuity: In a latter scene, Dave is meeting the VP in the Oval Office. As they enter the office, the tall clock in the background shows 10:30. Several minutes later the clock shows again in the background. The time is still 10:30.See more »
Arnold Schwarzenegger:What you don't want to eat is donuts. No donuts.
[Dave has bitten into one and spits it out]
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21 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Politically naïve and a bit thin but it is amusing, well played light film that will give you a temporary warm feeling inside, 9 September 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Dave Kovic is a small town guy – friendly, hard working and on the side of the downtrodden. He is also a dead ringer for President Bill Mitchell. So when the President is keen to get away for a night of passion with his secretary, Dave is paid to be a silent stand in at a minor walk & shake event. However, when Mitchell suffers a stroke and is incapacitated, his advisors refuse to relinquish control to the Vice President and instead install Dave as the full time temporary replacement. Despite initial nerves, Dave takes to the public side of the job – his easy natural winning over the public and his change from a dour president to a man of the people is put down to the stroke. But with time in the job, Dave realises the problems in the government and Bill's marriage – and resolves to change it, despite the internal resistance he is met with.

With the recent cinematic attacks on Bush's Government over Iraq (Control Room, F9/11 and others), Bush must be wishing that he was being given the light touch that Hollywood gave to Bill Clinton at the time. The American President and Dave were bought light comedies with only very mild comment on the nature of government – so mild that they would barely even count as a cross word in comparison to the full on attacks on Bush! Regardless of the politics of Hollywood, few people would have come to this film looking for anything in the way of social or political comment but rather a rather cosy comedy with the usual liberal idealism (we would all like to think we would change things for the better if we got in power – but the realities of the world mean few can in any significant way). In this regard the film is relatively smug and cosy affair that is fun to watch but utterly naïve at the same time!

The plot never gets close to the mix of comedy and comment that West Wing (in its day) had but it never really tries to. If anything the film is like very light wish fulfilment. We wish we had politicians like Dave – even those with opposing beliefs would admire a man who was upright, honest, open and responsible but, regardless of who is in charge when you watch this movie, it will only ever be wish fulfilment and the warm feeling you might have when you finish the movie will last only as long as it takes for the news to come on afterwards. Despite this it does work as a comedy with a (and I shudder to use this overused phrase) Capraesque sense of America to it; many will hate it for this very reason but I found it to be a pleasantly distracting affair even if I never really bought it as a serious piece and fully acknowledge that it was a rather naïve piece of fluff!

The cast is very good and contains good names in relaxed mode but still turning out suitable performances for the material. Kline is pretty good and makes for an enjoyable character as Dave – he puts on his best Jimmy Stewart personae and matches the material for every idealistic point. This is not a criticism of Kline but a compliment, he did what the material required and he made it better and easier to watch by his performance. Weaver has less to do and less fun is had; she is an important part of the story and she does 'melt' well as the film progresses but she is an aside, only necessary to provide romance and some drive at key moments. Langella is good value in a role that represent modern politics well and Dunn floats around well enough. Rhames' subsequent fame makes his small role seem strange but he does well with what he is given. Kingsley and Grodin are very enjoyable in their roles for different reasons and again it is strange to see Linney in a very small role given her later fame. The film is packed with cameos from politics and Hollywood, although the non-US viewer will struggle to recognise many of the congressmen etc (in fact, could US viewers name these people) but the standout cameo of the film goes to Oliver Stone who, in the film's funniest moment, allows his famous paranoia/conspiracy theory reputation to be lampooned on Larry King!

Overall this is a politically naïve, rather preachy bit of liberal wish fulfilment – but to leave it at that is to miss the point of the film. While it is this, it is also an amusing little comedy that delivers a warm glow as we see the story of Dave – a politician the like of which we will probably never see outside of a cinema. Enjoy it for what it is, have a warm fuzzy feeling for a bit, then forget it for the thin comedy that it is.

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