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(1993)

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Real life US president at the time Bill Clinton was a big fan of the movie.
In one of the press conferences, there's a Clamp Cable Network camera from Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), which starred Kevin Kline's wife, Phoebe Cates.
United States Senator Alfonse D'amato was set to cameo as himself but then pulled out of the film following issues between the Senate and Warner Brothers over the content in Ice-T's album "Cop Killer". D'Amato later attempted to return to the film after Ice-T parted ways with Warner Brothers but director Ivan Reitman turned him down.
The House of Delegates Chamber in the State Capitol building in Richmond, VA doubled for the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. While the movie was being filmed, many members of the Virginia House of Delegates and visitors to the Capitol that day were used as extras.
This is only the first movie in which Kevin Kline plays both the President of the United States and the man impersonating the President. The next was in Wild Wild West (1999) , as President Grant.
Kevin Kline got the part after Warren Beatty and Kevin Costner both turned it down.
Many Hollywood personalities, US Congressmen, and political commentators appear in this film as themselves.
The president's full name in the movie is William Harrison Mitchell; William Henry Harrison was a real president elected in 1840 and the first president to die in office. The vice president in the movie is named Nance; John Nance Garner was Franklin D. Roosevelt's vice president for two terms, and once derided the job as not being "worth a pitcher of warm piss" (bowdlerized at the time and often misquoted as "spit").
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Kevin Kline, Ben Kingsley and Oliver Stone; and five Oscar nominees: Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Jason Reitman, Laura Linney, Gary Ross.
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The film's Oval Office set was reused more than 25 times, for television shows and films like The Pelican Brief (1993), Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), Clear and Present Danger (1994) and Absolute Power (1997).
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Ivan Reitman offered Howard Stern a cameo role as himself but Stern turned it down. Reitman would later produce Stern's film debut, Private Parts (1997).
Author Gary Ross appears as Policeman number 2.
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The House chamber and the swearing in of the next president were both filmed at the Virginia state capitol in Richmond VA. This building was a national capitol for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War 1861-1895.
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The White House scenes were shot in a movie studio as the crew couldn't film the actual inside of the white house. Not only that, but they also built the White House exteriors themselves. Once that's completed they decorated the hallways, painted the portraits from the actual location, etc.
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Dave throws out the first pitch at Camden yards it was Monday August 3rd 1992 the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-3.
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Kevin Dunn had appeared with Kevin Kline just the year before in Chaplin (1992); and with both Sigourney Weaver and Frank Langella in 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992).
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Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley also appeared in Death and the Maiden (1994).
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This is not Anna Deveare Smith's only role in a film or TV show about the President. She also stars in The American President (1995) and the television series "The West Wing".
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When Bob Alexander (Frank Langella) holds his news conference attacking President Mitchell (Kevin Kline), he is shown entering a red-orange-bricked building which is, in fact, the Renwick Gallery, in Washington, D.C. The Renwick Gallery is part of the Smithsonian Institution, and has been a public building, since 1972, dedicated to American folk and craft arts. A press conference of the type Bob Alexander calls, therefore, would not have actually been held inside the Renwick, especially given the political nature of the press conference. The Renwick is a registered National Landmark building.
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There's a shot of a network news camera with the same CCN logo as that of the Clamp Cable Network found in the Gremlins 2 film also by Ivan Reitman. The scene is leading into the press conference towards the end 1 hour 11 minutes in.
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'Gary Ross' said he was very unhappy with an early draft of the script he had written. Despite being late in delivering the script and short on money, he started over from scratch, and had to take out a second loan on his house to finance the next draft.
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The draperies from "Dave"'s Oval Office were reused in the film "Rocketman".
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Cameo 

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

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Director Ivan Reitman cast his wife Geneviève Robert and son Jason Reitman as the wife and son of Vice President Nance, as he is being sworn in as president near the end of the film.
When they are swearing Gary Nance as president, they refer to him as the 45th president of the United States. This means that Mitchell would be the 44th. George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States. Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States.

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