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Dave

  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • 1993
  • Ivan Reitman
  • 105 mins
  • 12

Summary

Political comedy starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. Baltimore businessman Dave Kovic bears such a striking resemblance to the President of the United States that he is occasionally called upon to do impersonations. But when the President suffers a stroke while Dave is standing-in for him at a reception, he is forced into acting the role for longer than he planned.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Ghost Busters and Evolution director Ivan Reitman isn't known for his subtlety, but there's nothing crass about this delightful, gentle satire on the Washington political scene. Part-time presidential impersonator Kevin Kline is drafted into the White House when the real president suffers a stroke. However, he soon begins to get a taste for the job, much to the horror of shifty White House aide Frank Langella. Kline is excellent as both the naive stand-in and the ruthless president, while Sigourney Weaver is fine, too, as the bitter First Lady who begins to see her "husband" in a new light. The supporting cast also can't be faulted: as well as Langella, there are lovely turns from Ben Kingsley, Ving Rhames and Charles Grodin. The real-life American politicians who make cameo appearances won't mean much to British audiences, but look out for Oliver Stone, playing himself, who's desperately trying to convince a disbelieving chat-show host that there is another White House conspiracy afoot.

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Credits

Cast

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Dave Kovic / President Bill MitchellKevin Kline
Ellen MitchellSigourney Weaver
Bob AlexanderFrank Langella
Alan ReedKevin Dunn
Duane StevensonVing Rhames
Vice-President NanceBen Kingsley
Murray BlumCharles Grodin
AliceFaith Prince
RandiLaura Linney
White House tour guideBonnie Hunt

Crew

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DirectorIvan Reitman

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Brothers
Released on
1993-11-05
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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