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Dave (1998)

Kevin Kline , Sigourney Weaver , Ivan Reitman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (563 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames
  • Directors: Ivan Reitman
  • Writers: Gary Ross
  • Producers: Ivan Reitman, Lauren Shuler-Donner, Joe Medjuck, Michael C. Gross
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Full Screen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (563 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ECDVJU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Just who runs this country anyway? For comedy fans, the answer is - Dave.Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda, In & Out) and Sigourney Weaver (Working Girl, Ghostbusters) star in this box-office winner about an uncanny Presidential lookalike named Dave, who's recruited by the Secret Service to become a momentary stand-in for the President of the United States. However, things don't turn out exactly as planned and Dave finds himself continuing his masquerade as Chief Executive indefinitely.Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters and 6 Days, 7 Nights) directs and supporting players Frank Langella, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley and Charles Grodin supply more reasons to stand up and cheer. Many real-life Washington politicosand pundits join the fun as Dave uses ordinary-guy savvy to deal with the extraordinary responsibilities of the Oval Office.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Washington fantasy, full of idealism and fun April 11, 2000
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Every time I watch this movie (more often now that it is an election year) I am amazed that the implausibility of it doesn't bother me. But it doesn't. Ivan Reitman manages to bring together an impressive group of actors and makes every character on the screen seem real. Kevin Kline is his usual remarkable self, a chameleon playing an idealistic Presidential look-alike swept into national politics. Sigourney Weaver is as warm and interesting as I have ever seen her in movies. Together they are like two children sharing a secret. Watch, for example, the pause at the top of the stairs when they return to the White House after their near-escape.
But my greatest admiration is for Reitman who gives every character in this movie a chance to shine. Charles Grodin being seduced by the promise of bratwurst. Ving Rhames discussing how he looks in a sweater. Ben Kingsley becoming nostalgic about how a shoe salesman became Vice President. Frank Langella humming Hail to the Chief while he forges the president's signature. The timing and subtlety of these touches makes me wonder if this is the same Ivan Reitman who did movies as unsubtle as Ghostbusters!
If national politics is getting you down, this is the perfect antidote. Lovely Washington photography, too. Kevin Kline can be my president any time!
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whimsy & Intrigue in the White House December 4, 1999
Format:DVD
This movie is one of those gems that quietly grows on you -- each viewing creating anticipation and appreciation for its wit and style. The casting is superb. Kevin Kline doesn't know how to give a bad performance. Frank Langella's brilliant characterization of the ambitious, power-hungry 'man behind the throne' is perfect, and a wonderful contrast to his long-ago role as the cad/seducer in Diary of a Mad Housewife.
This is definitely a movie to buy because it needs to be seen many times. The innumerable funny pearls in this movie alone are worth the price of the DVD. For Minnesotans, one of the slyest gags was Dave's gig early in the moview, imitating the President at the grand opening of Durenberger Motors in his home town. The movie was released around the time that David Durenberger (Minnesota's senior senator) was embroiled in an ethics scandal. A personal favorite moment was the scene where Dave (with the help of his accountant buddy played by Charles Grodin) pares the federal budget to save a homeless shelter for children -- the cabinet members bemusedly participating just like a family sitting around the kitchen table wrestling with its own budget. Priceless.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cathartic American (Hollywood) Dream June 12, 2006
Format:DVD
How do you solve a potentially explosive scandal, solve all the world's problems, and get rid of the greed and corruption in the White House? Well, you make an affable liberal actor take the President's place of course!

Kevin Kline plays Dave, an affable temp agency owner who on his off-time likes to do small event impersonations of the President. As for his luck, he strikes an uncanny resemblance, a la the Prince and the Pauper, and is found by the Secret Service to be an ideal candidate for a decoy body while the President is off doing... confidential things.

However, when the real President has a stroke, his advisors don't want to set off a national emergency... especially with a liberal vice-president around to think about. Thus they move Dave in a la The Hudsucker Proxy as the new President... but of course, Dave has a warm heart and an inspiration to try his hardest at everything he does, so... he goes at his job with the energy, charisma, and skill that everyone wants from the most powerful man in the world, even warming the angry scowl off of Susan Sarandon's face!

Of course like most cathartic entertainment like this, it's not so much about the actual presenting of ideas on how to solve all the problems (some hints on where to start are made), but more a vehicle for opening up the minds of the audience to the possibility of TRYING to make the world a better place. You can't get answers from it, but dreams, so dream hard. Don't worry, Ving Rhames will grow to like you.

The true entertainment from this comes from Kline. His acting is wonderfully physical and involved, and bleeds a sincerity to the common man, the salt of the Earth, that keeps the audience cheering for him the entire way.

--PolarisDiB
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An American Kagemusha...via Gary Ross January 25, 2002
Format:DVD
Though this film was directed by Ivan Reitman, it's the screenwriter's picture all the way. Gary Ross has made his reputation spinning stories of innocents caught up in the world of the not-so-innocent--or vice versa. With Big, starring Tom Hanks, it was a 12-year old magically transformed into a 30 year old man, contending with the world of grownups. In his latest film, Pleasantville, it's two hip, decidedly uninnocent teenagers zoomed into the innocent world of a typical 50s TV show.
In this, his middle film, it's the owner of a copy shop, Dave, called on to impersonate the president--a high strung cad who's just suffered a heart attack. Dave is a heck of a lot more innocent than most guys his age. Divorced, he busies himself with his work and sports, always hoping to meet the right woman.
What's groovy about this film is that it's a hip, comic American remake of the great Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha. In that film--a powerful drama with no comedy at all--a grievously ill warlord tells his vassals to find a man who resembles him as closely as possible so the warlord can instruct the other man in the ways of ruling a region; if his subjects see him alive and healthy, they'll be reassured and spies from enemy regions will know he's still a force to be reckoned with.
The vassals find a commoner whose resemblance to the warlord is so striking, there's no one else who could do the job. He's told exactly what to do, how to stand, sit, and do all the other stuff a warlord should. The same happens in Dave--he learns what to do from the evil Frank Langella, the White House press secretary. As Dave, Kevin Kline strikes the perfect balance of innocence and determination to right the wrongs so clearly in evidence.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unknown unknown
I have not yet received my DVD purchase. I will wait to view it when it arrives rather than take advantage of the free online view.
Published 1 day ago by Kayak Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!
I've always loved this movie, it's the best! I had the VHS for years and realized the other day I hadn't watched it in a while. .
Published 2 days ago by bess spanagel
4.0 out of 5 stars Dave
this is one of my favorites. Even though I've seen it several times I like to see my favorites once in awhile.
Published 5 days ago by Sharon Brandmeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
A very good movie that is fun and exciting, romantic and possible? Very good acting and good language that makes sense,
Published 11 days ago by GRH
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie!
This movie was very well done. It tugs at your heart. Thought I'd buy it to keep in my collection.
Published 13 days ago by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie!
Very clever plot line with a great cast makes this a fun movie to watch. Nice, clean comedy with a romantic touch. Very enjoyable. Highly recommended.
Published 14 days ago by SLB
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
I loved the light hearted nature of this movie. I was truly interested and while I had to stop watching several times to do "Honey Do's" I found myself early waiting to... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Bryant B
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted Fun
I've always enjoyed this movie.
The sound problem (too low to hear even on high volume) has been corrected, and now I can watch AND HEAR it without fiddling with the volume... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could have seen the whole movie
I gave it 5 stars because I have seen it on TV many times and it's one of my favorites. I started the movie when it was free for me with Amazon Prime and could only watch some and... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Frugal Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars What if...?
What if the politicians in DC took Dave's idea and actually eliminated wasteful spending of taxpayers money and worked on getting everybody a job!? Read more
Published 17 days ago by L in Philly
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What is this DVD? Parley Baer?
Yes, I agree. It's very misleading. The 'good' Dave starred Kevin Kline, Frank Langella and Sigourney Weaver.
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