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April 22, 2017

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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In a country where anybody can become President, anybody just did See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


Release Date:

7 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Дейв See more »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,349,122 (UK) (12 November 1993)


$63,270,710 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Technical Specs


110 min

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1 See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


When Bob Alexander (Frank Langella) holds his news conference attacking President Mitchell (Kevin Kline), he is shown entering a red-orange-bricked building which is, in fact, the Renwick Gallery, in Washington, D.C. The Renwick Gallery is part of the Smithsonian Institution, and has been a public building, since 1972, dedicated to American folk and craft arts. A press conference of the type Bob Alexander calls, therefore, would not have actually been held inside the Renwick, especially given the political nature of the press conference. The Renwick is a registered National Landmark building. See more »


Although set entirely in and around the District of Columbia, a Los Angeles RTD bus stop sign clearly appears in the background when the presidential limousine stops to let Dave and the First Lady out at the throng of noisy reporters. See more »


Dave: I mean she's the first lady. I mean couldn't I have started with a cousin?
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert & the Movies: Dave/My Neighbor Totoro/Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story/Much Ado About Nothing/The Pickle (1993) See more »


Hail to the Chief
(1810) (uncredited)
Music by James Sanderson
Played by a band before the President's speech
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