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
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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. See more »
President Mitchell suffers a serious stroke in the fall (judging by the color of the trees). Five months later, the season appears to be the same. See more »
I don't want to tell some eight-year-old kid he's gotta sleep in the street because we want people to feel better about their *car*. Do *you* want to tell them that?
Secretary of Commerce:
[sits back in his seat and reflects]
Secretary of Commerce:
No I sure don't.
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Just saw Dave again after many years, and was impressed by how well it plays in 2006. The tale of a common man taking the place of the President of the USA may have seemed more appropriate to Clinton's time, but it's still full of satirical barbs that keep it contemporary.
The cast is flawless, and the direction is clean. Kevin Kline plays it earnestly and Sigourney Weaver is believable. Frank Langella is a perfect villain. Seeing all the real-life politicos and news-people still make it great fun. I found it very reminiscent of Mr. Smith goes to Washington with Kline doing a great modern Jimmy Stewart. Frank Capra would approve.
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