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Dave (1993)

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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
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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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Dave Kovic was an ordinary guy who was asked to impersonate the President. When they gave him a chance to make the country better...he did. See more »

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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:

Дейв See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,306,755, 9 May 1993, Wide Release

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

Sometimes incorrectly regarded as a goof. The First Lady is wearing a red dress as she exits a limousine with the President, but in the next shot is wearing a gray dress. This is not an oversight. The President's tie is also different, and the view out of the window of the dining room clearly shows that the second shot, with the gray dress, is at the White House. The scene as they exit the limousine is not at the White House. Though it would seem logical for these two scenes to be sequential, they appear to occur on different days in the storyline. See more »

Goofs

The DC City Council is not separated by "districts" but rather by "wards". See more »

Quotes

Ellen Mitchell: Why couldn't you die from a stroke like everyone else?
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Connections

Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.87 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Oklahoma
(1943)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
[Sung a cappella by Kevin Kline (uncredited) while riding his bike]
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One of my favorites of the 1990's
7 August 2008 | by scott-swSee all my reviews

Of all the movies about the President released in the 1990's, Dave was the first and the best. Kevin Kline plays a dual role. He plays President Bill Mitchell, and Dave Kovic, a look-alike for the chief executive. When he is asked to fill in for him as a decoy, he jumps to serve his nation. However, the real Bill Mitchell suffers a stroke and lays comatose. That's when the White House Chief of Staff, Bob (Frank Langella) and the Press Secretary, Alan (Kevin Dunn) convince Dave to stay on. According to them, the Vice President (Ben Kingsley) is mentally unbalanced. Dave, being naive, falls for it. However, they do not count on a generally nice guy wanting to really play the part of chief executive. He figures out their plan and turns the table, wanting to do real public policy that will make a true difference. Sigourney Weaver plays the estranged First Lady who must be kept in the dark, which is half the battle during this wonderful comedy. I liked this movie on so many levels. The first was that this movie was not silly slapstick humor like First Kid, nor did it resort to preachiness and making a political point in The American President. Dave also did not rely on excessive action in Air Force One. Instead, we have the basic idea that if we get good, honest people elected to office, good things will happen. Almost Capra-esquire, the film is earnest, not wanting to push one political agenda over another. What makes this message work is the restrained direction of Ivan Reitman, and the subtle, yet honest performance of Kevin Kline (one of the best actors ever). One of the most entertaining aspect of this movie is watching actual members of Congress, the Washtingon Press Corps, and popular entertainment making cameos. This is what gave the movie a sense of realism. Finally, Reitman helps the audience fall for the plot. He makes it so believable, honest and true. In the end, the audience will realize that politics will not mend our nation, but rather honest people will. In any case of all the movies about the President, this is the best one.


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