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Dave (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 7 May 1993 (USA)
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.

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

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Дейв  »

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$63,270,710
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Trivia

Dave throws out the first pitch at Camden yards it was Monday August 3rd 1992 the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-3. See more »

Goofs

Dave and the First Lady take a ride at night, and the police stop them for making an illegal left hand turn. When Dave is trying to convince the police they are "look-alikes", he puts on his glasses, and there is a strange string of plastic swinging from the right corner of the lens. It hits him in the face, then in the next scene, it is gone. See more »

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[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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References Aliens (1986) See more »

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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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Dave out-Capras Capra
30 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

In the trivia, it says Warren Beatty and Kevin Costner turned down the lead. Obviously, the script must have been great to attract so many high powered cameos, so we must assume they had the humility to realize they were not right for the role. But Kevin Kline was perfect, as was everyone else, particularly the lovely Sigourney Weaver and the snarling Frank Langella. Everyone associated with this movie should be very proud of what they created, a truly great movie.

I was thinking just the other night about a top 10 list of movies that I can watch over and over, and that still work every time. Dave would be on it, along with North by Northwest and The Producers. But Dave produces a different emotional response than these two; it is closer to The Princess Bride, in that it is a very pleasant movie that makes you feel good, even when you feel bad.

The script of Dave is fantastic, with lots of memorable lines, and the plot has more hairpin turns than the Alaska Highway. But it is the movie's effectiveness in producing emotional responses to various scenes that sets it apart. The ending is especially powerful. Great directing, writing and acting!

Dave has elements of The Prince and the Pauper, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Superman, the latter because you have to suspend your disbelief that the public won't recognize Dave. Also, for those too young to remember, former vice president Nelson Rockefeller died while having sex with a young mistress, an obvious inspiration for the story. The story also bears some resemblance to President Bill Clinton's escapades, but those came later.

During the premiere of Frank Capra's Mr. Smith, half of Washington walked out of the theater in outrage over the portrayal of corruption, which probably cut a bit too close to the truth for some of them. This time, half of Washington appeared in the film! Capra died two years before Dave was released, but I am sure he would have enjoyed it, and been delighted to see the Capra style continued so beautifully by Ivan Reitman and Gary Ross.

If you haven't seen Dave, you must watch it. And if you have, watch it again. And again. And again. You will enjoy it every time. Unless, perhaps, you are a crooked politician.


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