He is requested by Secret Service agent Duane Stevensen to make an appearance as the president at a hotel. But when Mitchell has his stroke, the White House chief of staff, an evil genius played by Frank Langella, decides not to turn over the reins of power to the vice president (kind, decent Ben Kingsley) but instead to use Dave Kovic as a permanent front man. White House Chief of Staff Bob Alexander and Communications Director Alan Reed convince Dave to continue impersonating the president, telling him that Vice President Gary Nance is mentally unbalanced. Part Deux and Absolute Power.[7]. To make sure that Bob doesn't interfere, Dave does it publicly during a televised cabinet meeting. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Dave; Dave Kovic is a businessman who looks amazingly like the US President, Bill Mitchell. Dave decides to run for city council and Ellen comes to the office to volunteer. Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline) runs a temporary employment agency in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.. As a sideline, he makes appearances impersonating President William Harrison "Bill" Mitchell, whom he has an uncanny resemblance to (and who is also played by Kline). She and Dave decide to leave the White House. The movie may be built on subtle variations of the Idiot Plot (in which the characters skillfully avoid tripping over obvious conclusions), but they bring such particular qualities to their characters that we almost believe them."[11]. And so to make it up to her, he restores the funding, which infuriates Alexander. According to Reitman, Warner Bros. wanted a box office star to portray the lead role and that one executive even suggested Arnold Schwarzenegger to play the part. So he agrees to continue pretending to be the President. Through the President's primary secret security agent Duane Stevenson on behalf of White House Chief of Staff Bob Alexander and White House Communications Director Alan Reed, Dave is asked to pretend to be the President at a public function, they stating as the open venue places the President at an undue security risk. Of course, it's not that simple. Mitchell suffers a severe stroke during the rendezvous, leaving him in a coma. Normally after making his little exit that would be that but Mitchell suffers a stroke. Ebert praised the film's acting and wrote, "Dave takes that old plot about an ordinary person who is suddenly thrust into a position of power, and finds a fresh way to tell it. In fact, it was Beatty who brought Dave to Reitman's attention. They also state that having a double for the President in such cases is regular procedure. [...] Both Kline and Weaver are good at playing characters of considerable intelligence, and that's the case here. The next day in a joint session of Congress, Dave admits to Mitchell's role in the scandal, but introduces evidence proving that Bob was the mastermind and Nance is innocent. It doesn't take long before the press, the nation and the president's wife realize something is different. The public is notified that Mitchell has had a "minor circulatory problem of the head". | Dave Kovic is a sweet-natured and caring Temp Agency operator, who by a staggering coincidence looks exactly like the President. 2 at the box office, behind Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. He visits a homeless shelter with Ellen, who does not understand why he has taken a sudden interest. Reitman then called Sigourney Weaver, with whom he had worked in Ghostbusters, for the First Lady role. Realizing that Dave is attracted to her – while her husband has long since ceased any such interest – Ellen tricks Dave into revealing the truth. Ellen Mitchell, as played by Weaver, is a smart and proud woman with a good heart; she detests Mitchell's two-timing politics and personal infidelity, and spends so little time with him that perhaps Langella can make the deception work. Kevin Kline almost turned down the role because he thought he would be playing the same character he played in A Fish Called Wanda. Dave's role would last for less than a minute as a walk-through, with he not to say anything during the public appearance. Dave has his accountant friend Murray Blum help him rewrite the budget so that the project may be reinstated. Dave dimly understands that this is wrong, but allows himself to be persuaded, and settles into the role with great enjoyment. Synopsis:Rotten Tomatoes, home of the Tomatometer, is the most trusted measurement of quality for Movies & TV. Meanwhile, Bob reveals the real Mitchell's involvement in the savings and loan scandal while pushing his own candidacy for the presidency. When Dave is confronted about the veto by Ellen, he confronts Bob, who offhandedly tells him that if he can cut $650 million from the federal budget he can keep the shelter. After spending some time with the vice president, Dave tells Ellen that Nance is a good man and would make a great president. Nance becomes acting president under the terms of the 25th Amendment and is sworn in as president five months later when Mitchell dies. Dave assumes it is a matter of security, but it is really to cover up Mitchell's extramarital affair with a White House staffer. One of the ways that he keeps his little dalliances a secret is to hire a lookalike to impersonate him and when he is at a function at a hotel, his double is the one the press and media see leaving the hotel, while he stays behind for his little rendezvous. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner and screenwriter Gary Ross had known each other since taking a Stella Adler class in the 1970s, and in 1988 Ross told Shuler Donner his idea for Dave. First Lady Ellen Mitchell leads a separate life, rarely seeing the president, in contrast to their public image of a closely knit couple. Charles Grodin received the American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor. 1, in its second weekend. Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. But in reality Alexander is planning to smear the Vice President into resigning thus paving the way for him to be President. We in the audience are waiting to see how long it will take the first lady to catch on, and one of the movie's charms is the way it toys with our expectations. Once Nance is forced to resign, Bob plans for Dave to nominate him as vice president, whereupon Mitchell will have a more serious stroke and Bob will ascend to the Presidency. With Dave established as president, Bob and Alan send Nance on a 12-nation goodwill tour of Africa and implicate him in savings and loan fraud. Only Bob, Alan, the president's Secret Service detail (led by Duane), and the medical staff know of the switch. To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance is put in his place. Beyond learning the logistics of being President Bill Mitchell, Dave has to fool those that know the President, most importantly the First Lady, Ellen Mitchell. | Much depends on the supporting performances, and Langella is superb as the oily manipulator who thinks he can run the country as a puppet-master. Dave is a 1993 American political comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, written by Gary Ross, and starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. The Circle study guide contains a biography of Dave Eggers, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. He's thrilled when he's asked to stand in for the president, and enjoys the experience immensely (who would not enjoy getting a standing ovation simply for existing?).

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