Director: Ivan Reitman Cast: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella


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The ghost of Frank Capra must have smiled when he saw Dave, an amusing and effective update of one of Capra's favorite themes -- the scrupulously honest little guy who becomes a force for good against a corrupt system. Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline) runs an employment agency and seems to genuinely enjoy finding work for people who need it. He also bears a striking resemblance to the president of the United States, Bill Mitchell (also played by Kline) and occasionally gets work as a Bill Mitchell impersonator. One day, Dave gets a call from the Secret Service -- for security purposes, they want to hire him to act as a decoy for an upcoming appearance by the president. All goes well, but later that evening President Mitchell suffers a massive stroke while in bed with his mistress. Wanting to keep the matter a secret, two of the president's top advisors appeal to Dave to stand in as Bill Mitchell until he regains his health. One of the men behind this scheme, Bob Alexander (Frank Langella), hopes to use Mitchell's absence to promote his own right-wing political agenda, but after a few weeks "in office," Dave decides it's time to promote some changes of his own that will help increase employment and keep homeless shelters open. Dave also finds himself growing fond of Ellen Mitchell (Sigourney Weaver), the President's wife, while Ellen sees in Dave the idealism her husband left behind years ago. Dave features numerous cameo appearances by politicians, Washington insiders, and journalists; Oliver Stone also appears to explain a conspiracy theory regarding sudden changes in Bill Mitchell's behavior.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2012
UPC: 0883929254279
Original Release: 1993
Rating: PG-13
Source: Warner Home Video
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 1,249

Special Features

Featurette The Making of Dave; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Michael Chinich Actor
Paul Simon Actor
Helen Thomas Actor
Bonnie Timmermann Actor
Kathleen Sullivan Herself
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
Alba Oms Lola
Steve Witting 1st Secret Service
Lexie Bigham White House Guard
Tom Harkin Himself
Bernard Kalb Himself
Larry King Himself
Jay Leno Himself
Chris Matthews Himself
Arnold Schwarzenegger Himself
Alan Simpson Himself
Ben Stein Himself
Oliver Stone Himself
Nina Totenberg Herself
Sander Vanocuer Himself
Stephen Root Don Durenberger
Catherine Reitman Girl at Durenberger's
Dawn Arnemann Mom at Durenberger's
Sarah Marshall Diane
Ralph Manza White House Barber
George Martin President's Physician
Tom Kurlander Trauma Doctor
Genevieve Robert Vice-President's Wife
Jason Reitman Vice President's Son
Frank Birney Director of OMB
Paul Collins Secretary of Treasury
Peter White Secretary of Commerce
Robin Gammell Postmaster General
Heather Hewitt Judy
Gary Ross 2nd Policeman
Robert Walsh Speaker of the House
Wendy Gordon Announcer
John McLaughlin Himself
Richard Reeves Himself
Bonnie Bartlett Female Senator
Dan Butler Reporter
Aaron Michael Lacey Reporter

Technical Credits
Ivan Reitman Director,Producer
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Steve Arnold Set Decoration/Design
Ron Berkeley Makeup
Michael Chinich Casting
Linda de Vetta Makeup
John Dexter Set Decoration/Design
Sherry Fadely Associate Producer
Michael J. Gross Executive Producer
Richard Hornung Costumes/Costume Designer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Sheldon Kahn Editor
David F. Klassen Art Director
Joe Medjuck Executive Producer
Joseph G. Pacelli Set Decoration/Design
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Gary Ross Screenwriter
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Lauren Shuler Donner Producer
Michael Taylor Set Decoration/Design
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Gordon A. Webb Associate Producer

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Dave 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
My wife and I loved it enough to watch it twice in the theater. We only wish actual politics were so possible to make work. Dunno about marriage....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This romantic comedy set amidst the power and games of government is a clever, well structured story, that decency and honesty coupled with ingenuity, count for much even in circumstances beyond your control. Packed with cameos - Oliver Stone has a funny bit with Larry King. Ving Rhames delivers the best line - it well summarizes the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies ever made. It has everything. Comedy, drama, even a really evil baddie. I've seen it everytime it comes on TV so bought the DVD as soon as I had a machine to play it on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had watched this film years ago, but it had left a strong impression. It has an inspiring message that there are truly good hearts in the world, after all. Kevin Kline's performance is absolutely fantastic and he is incredibly funny! A must-see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rented this movie not expecting much. Surprisingly, it's funny, romantic and even educational. Kevin Kline is wonderful as Dave, who suddenly finds himself in charge of the country. You may find yourself wishing he really could run the country, given his opinions on some of the issues! Even if you're not a fan of Kevin Kline or Sigorney Weaver, give this movie a try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kline proves that he can play dual roles in this comedy/drama. It's a touching movie.
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