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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.

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Writer:

Gary Ross
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for momentary language and a sexual situation | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dave See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,306,755, 9 May 1993

Gross USA:

$63,270,710
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Ben Kingsley and Frank Langella appeared in Moses (1995). See more »

Goofs

Dave frees-up money for a homeless shelter by guilt-tripping Cabinet members into cancelling "silly" or wasteful programs. The Federal budget is a law, passed by Congress--money allocated for one program cannot legally be spent for something else, unless the relevant law has been amended by Congress. 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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Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 10 August 2015 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't
(1958)
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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Langella as villain
24 May 2008 | by bobbadger-1See all my reviews

I am a die-hard Kevin Kline fan. I could hardly believe the performance he gave in "Pirates of Penzance" with Linda Ronstadt. So, I was not surprised in the least when Kline gave us another sympathetic and accomplished character with "Dave". The entire cast was superb in delivering their respective characters into existence in my living room.

As I have read the foregoing comments, it seems to me that most people shy away from mentioning Frank Langella's performance. Those of us who remember Alexander Haig in the hours after the failed Reagan assassination attempt ("I'm in control here!") may have an inkling into the psyche of a power-hungry and ruthless political "wannabe" so aptly played by Frank Langella. His character gave the film the villainous conflict that is necessary in a successful story. I was thoroughly impressed with Mr. Langella's character's self-serving manipulations of "the situation" within the script.

That's the subplot that makes this movie so endearing to me...the "meanie" does his utmost to thwart righteousness, but is ultimately defeated by an innocent protagonist.

Shades of old "westerns" ("Liberty Valance"). I loved it.


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