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    Unique ID Code: 0000052433
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    Added on: 21/8/2003 12:45
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    Dave (UK)

    7 / 10
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    A lookalike is hired to impersonate the president...
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 105 mins
    Retail Price: £12.99
    Release Date:

    Kevin Kline and Sigourne Weaver star in this box office winner about an uncanny Presidential look-alike recruited as a momentary stand-in for America`s Chief Executive.

    However, things don`t turn out exactly as planned and Dave finds himself continuing the masquerade indefinitely.

    Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) directs and supporting players Frank Langella, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley and Charles Grodin supply more reasons to stand up and cheer.

    Real life Washington politicos and pundits join the fun as Dave uses ordinary-guy savvy to deal with the extraordinary responsibilities of the Oval Office.

    Special Features:
    Production notes

    Video Tracks:
    Pan & Scan 1.33:1
    Widescreen Letterbox 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: Italian
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Ivan Reitman

    Written By:

    Ving Rhames
    Kevin Dunn
    Frank Langella
    Sigourney Weaver
    Kevin Kline

    Casting By:
    Bonnie Timmermann
    Michael Chinich

    Soundtrack By:
    James Newton Howard

    Director of Photography:
    Adam Greenberg

    Sheldon Kahn

    Costume Designer:
    Ann Roth
    Richard Hornung

    Production Designer:
    J. Michael Riva

    Gordon A. Webb
    Lauren Shuler Donner
    Ivan Reitman
    Sherry Fadely

    Executive Producer:
    Joe Medjuck
    Michael C. Gross

    Warner Home Video

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    The presidents brain is missing - well actually his whole being is.

    The Plot
    Rather unlikeable president of the USA has a stroke whilst involved in an illicit affair. At the same time a look-alike stand-in is walking the walk for the press. The powers behind the throne want to play out this role a little longer while they get things sorted out. So the stand-in has to stand in for a bit longer.
    Whilst all the machinations are going on, the stand-in who is a likeable conscientious type, suddenly finds he can do things, he has influence, and starts changing government policy (for the better). He gets in his old accountant to help sort out the budget a bit, and reconnects with the (nearly ex-)presidents wife who have long been living separate lives.
    How far can this senario go, what can he actually do? Can he make a difference? And what will happen to the powers behind the throne?

    The Cast
    Kevin Kline/Sigourney weaver deliver reasonable roles. as Presidenet/Stand-in and wife.

    The Visuals/Audio
    Nothing dramatic in the visual department, and just a stereo sound track. Its all dialogue and visual gags though, so we`re not missing much.

    The Extras
    A double sided disk, widescreen one side, TV 4:3 ratio the other - otherwise not a jot.

    Its a great feel good movie. One to sit back with in an evening with a drink and some popcorn and just relax to with brain in neutral. The sort of thing you wish was true, but that knot of scepticism inside makes you think is impossible.
    posted by Julian Onions on 21/6/2004 17:22