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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
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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

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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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Robin Williams was considered to play Dave Kovic/William Mitchell. See more »

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After Bob Alexander has his press conference implicating the President in the First Liberty scandal, the President, the First Lady, and Alan go to meet with federal regulators/lobbyists. When the First Lady steps out of the limousine, she's wearing a red dress. When everybody is inside at the meeting, she's wearing a gray dress. See more »

Quotes

Dave: You ever think back to how you got started?
Vice-President Nance: Well...
[chuckles]
Vice-President Nance: I was a shoe salesman. Not very happy about it. One day, my wife says to me, "why don't you try running for office? You know, you talk about it all the time. Why don't you just go do it?" So I tell my boss I have a dentist appointment, and go down to the registrar of voters on my lunch break... next thing I know I'm a councilman.
Dave: Really?
Vice-President Nance: My wife was my campaign manager, we had a budget of two thousand dollars - with advertising.
[...]
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References Annie (1982) 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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Hail to the chief, he's the one we all say hail to!
29 June 2008 | by cosmoradosSee all my reviews

Bob Mitchell is the typical US president. Dodgy, rich, adulterous, you know the rest. Whilst he is supposed to attend a function he uses a double, the nice guy Dave Kovic, as a stand-in so he can spend the night with his secretary. However, after he suffers a massive stroke, he lapses into a coma, his chief of staff and chief scriptwriter however are intertwined in a corruption scandal and if the vice president takes over they will be scuppered. So rather than do that they decide to keep using the stand-in to maintain the illusion that the president is just fine.

Not having suffered the rise to power that many politicians go through Dave isn't blinded by just running things the way they always have been and can see the many wrong decisions that politicians make simply to keep the status quo and, after tiring of simply following the orders of the chief of staff, decides to do what so few US presidents do, and make things better for the working man.

To this and the last decade Gary Ross is what Frank Capra was to the thirties and forties, with a variety of feel good films that challenge are ideas about what the world is and what it should be. The script for this film is dynamite with a ton of great touches, including Dave's changing from Presidential script reader to tourist as he spots a souvenir. The film manages to stride in between the dangerous path of a hard right "Eastwood-Esque" take on things and the ultra-liberal path that someone like Redford would focus on. Instead the film manages to put itself in the minds of the ordinary Joe, who watches in disbelief at the stupid things that the powers that be spend money on, when so many problems still go on without being addressed at all, with sound bites like "You can't solve problems by throwing money at them" (How come it's only the wealthy that say that?)

The performances are all first rate with Kevin Kline magnificent as the idealistic Dave Kovic thrown into the deep end after becoming the leader of the free world, Frank Langella and Alan Reed also excel as the Chief of staff and Chief scriptwriter, with Charles Grodin stealing the scene as the put upon Murray who takes on various people from Dave's temp agency when he is stuck finding work for people elsewhere. The direction is nothing special but succeeds in telling the story with humour and sadness that very often the people who get the top job have so little knowledge of the people at the bottom to make any significant change in society.

First rate, and far better than the IMDb rating suggests. Also watch out for a great end gag. Top drawer.


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