Dave 1993

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(62) IMDb 6.8/10
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Bill is President and a philanderer. Sweet-natured Dave looks like him. When Bill wants to escape an official lunch Dave is hired to stand in. But Bill has a stroke having sex with an aid and Dave is stuck in the role. The corrupt chief of staff wants to use Dave for his own ends but doesn't count on Dave being popular...

Starring:
Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver
Runtime:
1 hour 45 minutes

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Dave

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Ivan Reitman
Starring Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver
Supporting actors Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ben Kingsley, Charles Grodin, Ving Rhames
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 23 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
This is one of Kevin Klines funniest roles playing the ordinary Joe Dave Kovic who has the appearance that resembles the president. When the president suffers from a severe stroke the government wants Dave to fill in for the president while he is out. When Dave takes on the role of the president and and has to take on the life that the president left behind for him like the first lady played by Sigourney Weaver who hated him. Dave needs to take on his relationship with the first lady, his advisor's played by Frank Langella and Kevin Dunn (the only people who know who Dave really is) ,and the country. Memorable Kline film in a brilliant double role.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
Sweet natured, warm hearted, funny, a little sentimental, and with a surprising, sharp political edge best sums up this story about a man who gets to play president, takes on the bad guys and gets the girl in a happy ending.

President William Mitchell is a political sleaze who two-times his wife, Ellen (Sigourney Weaver), betrays his few principles and doesn't care much about anything. He frequently employs look alikes so he can have unnoticed time for his bimbos. But this time, after a major speech, while he's in the midst of love making, he has a major stroke in the arms of his latest girl friend. His double this time is a guy who runs a temp agency, who tries to help the people he comes into contact with and who has a sunny, open disposition. He's the kind of guy who sings "Oklahoma!" while riding his bike. He's named Dave Kovic and he's played by Kevin Kline in a first-rate performance of great charm and likeability. But the chief of staff, Bob Alexander (Frank Langella), an arrogant and condescending politico, plots to keep Dave in place by putting out the story that the president suffered only a "minor circulatory problem of the head." While the innocent lamb Dave covers as the president, Alexander will smear the vice president and force him to resign, then have himself named vice president...at which time Dave will go back to his old life and William Mitchell will be discovered to have had a second and incapacitating stroke. Bob Alexander will then become president.

All goes according to plan until Dave begins to ask questions about helping the poor. He begins to connect with people. He and his best friend, Murray Blum (Charles Grodin) plot to find ways to locate $650 million in the budget to save a shelters program. All this drives Alexander into a frustrated rage.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Phil Deer on 3 Oct 2003
Format: DVD
A touching, warm, friendly film, perfect for cuddling up on the sofa with a tub of icecream on a dark winter's night...
One of the best endorsements of the film is the fact that a steady stream of real politicians and journalists (including their Speaker, Jay Leno and the US equivalents of David Dimbleby and Jeremy Paxman) agreed to appear.
It even has Schwarzenegger campaigning - kind of ironic, ten years later...
The DVD has an added bonus that I've not come across elsewhere yet - it's double sided, with the widescreen version on one side and regular view on the other. This is perfect if you haven't got a widescreen telly yet.
Buy it - you won't be sorry...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By English Rose on 7 Feb 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have only just discovered this gem (shame on me!) and I love it! Yes, you could drive a presidential motorcade through the plot, and make a tv documentary on the "goofs" - but who cares? It's a wonderful modern (though unmistakably pre 9/11) American fairy-tale, complete with delightful hero in Kevin Kline's Dave, a superb big bad wolf, provided by Frank Langella's White House Chief of Staff Bob Alexander, and, of course, a beautiful Queen - sorry, First Lady - in Sigourney Weaver.

For me, two performances stand out. Kline - as both the naive but caring Dave of the title, and his look-a-like cold, corrupt, self-centred President Mitchell - is absolutely pitch-perfect. In what must rank as one of the most intelligent comedy performances ever, Kline slowly cloaks Dave's innate but slightly kooky goodness with Mitchell's controlled, authoritative persona, to the baffled fury of Langella's Iago-like Alexander. Dave's charm is that he likes people - he remembers names, faces, their likes and dislikes - but whilst being genuinely sweet, he is neither fool nor wimp, as Alexander discovers to his cost. And Langella is wonderful, as the totally amoral, power-hungry king-maker who would be king. In a flicker of an eyebrow, a sideways glance, Langella conjures up all the evil one would want to see on screen.

Kevin Dunn, equally good as his side-kick, Allen Reed, is a more ambivalent character. He makes the single word "Wrong?" sound like a totally alien concept, as, in this White House,it is; but he is possibly redeemable, as his gradual shift of loyalties from Alexander to Dave shows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E J on 17 Oct 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This review is only for the new Bluray version: Dave [Blu-ray] [1993] [US Import]

I really love this film and I have watched it many times. When I noticed it has come out on Bluray I had to get it.....

The lead actors: Sigourney Weaver...well..let's be honest, anyone who can 'win' a President, figure out how some blue skinned people tick and in particular get the better of a bunch of really nasty Aliens can do no wrong in my book! As an aside, I have to confess I am really perplexed why the Amazon 'Product details' lists many of the movie actors but misses Sigourney Weaver off!? WHY Amazon? Kevin Kline also is a great and engaging actor who is brilliant in his characters and I can't finish without adding Frank Langella again plays his character brilliantly ...fab.

As I said earlier I love the film. In my mind the acting is just 'right' for the type of movie. The plot blends a simple story, sometimes subtle and sometime obvious emotional portrayals, interspersed with some humour and romance.

On a more technical note, I couldn't seem to find out if the import Bluray was region free but I took a chance. I can report my copy, imported from the USA, pays perfectly here in the UK. Assuming this is generally true; I hope this helps any other uncertain UK viewers.

Ok it may be a 'girly' thing but I love a happy ending... break out the popcorn, chocolate and possibly tissues, hit play and I hope you enjoy. :-)
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