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FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Kevin Kline Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1993 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gary Ross Best Original Screenplay 1993 Nominee

Cast

Kevin Kline
as Dave Kovic/Bill Mitchell
Sigourney Weaver
as Ellen Mitchell
Frank Langella
as Bob Alexander
Kevin Dunn
as Alan Reed
Ving Rhames
as Duane Stevenson
Ben Kingsley
as Vice President Nance
Charles Grodin
as Murray Blum
George Martin
as President's Physician
Jay Leno
as Himself
John McLaughlin
as Himself
Parley Baer
as Senate Majority Leader
Gary Ross
as 2nd Policeman
Geneviève Robert
as Vice-President's Wife
Dan Butler
as Reporter
Aaron Michael Lacey
as Reporter
Arnold Schwarzenegger
as Himself
Lexie Bigham
as White House Guard
Paul Collins
as Secretary of Treasury
Frank Birney
as Director of OMB
Robin Gammell
as Postmaster General
Stefan Gierasch
as House Majority Leader
Dawn Arnemann
as Mom at Durenberger's
Alba Oms
as Lola
Nina Totenberg
as Herself
Heather Hewitt
as Judy
Jason Reitman
as Vice President's Son
Oliver Stone
as Himself
Larry King
as Himself
Ben Stein
as Himself
Laura Linney
as Randi
Paul Simon
Catherine Reitman
as Girl at Durenberger's
Charles Hallahan
as Policeman
Alan Simpson
as Himself
Steve Witting
as 1st Secret Service
Bonnie Timmermann
Chris Matthews
as Himself
Peter White
as Secretary of Commerce
Ralph Manza
as White House Barber
Bonnie Hunt
as White House Tour Guide
Anna Deavere Smith
as Mrs. Travis
Stephen Root
as Don Durenberger
Bonnie Bartlett
as Female Senator
Michael Chinich
Bernard Kalb
as Himself
Robert Walsh
as Speaker of the House
Tom Kurlander
as Trauma Doctor
Tom Dugan
as Jerry

Crew

Ivan Reitman
Director
Ivan Reitman
Producer
Lauren Shuler-Donner
Producer
Gary Ross
Screenwriter
Adam Greenberg
Cinematographer
James Newton Howard
Composer (Music Score)
Sheldon Kahn
Editor
J. Michael Riva
Production Designer
David F. Klassen
Art Director
Sherry Fadely
Associate Producer
Gordon A. Webb
Associate Producer
Joe Medjuck
Executive Producer
John Dexter
Set Designer
Steve Arnold
Set Designer
Richard Hornung
Costume Designer
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
Michael Chinich
Casting
Bonnie Timmermann
Casting
Gordon A. Webb
Unit Production Manager
Ron Berkeley
Makeup
Linda de Vetta
Makeup
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