Dave script
Dave (1993)
Synopsis: Dave is a 1993 American political comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, written by Gary Ross, and starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, and Ben Kingsley appear in supporting roles.

FADE IN:

EXT. WASHINGTON D.C. - AERIAL SHOT - DAY

It sits like a jewel off in the distance -- all glittering

and white. The deep blue of the Potomac stands out against

the monuments as the sound of a HELICOPTER plays O.s..

SMASH CUT:

TO:

EXT. WHITE HOUSE GROUNDS - DAY

The most famous helicopter in the world lumbers toward the

most famous house. Scores of reporters are camped out on the

lawn while the huge machine descends like a hurricane...

CLOSER - HELICOPTER

It touches down as the Marine Corps color guard snaps to

attention. The hatch POPS open and a staircase emerges...

FULL SHOT - DOORWAY

After a moment, PRESIDENT WILLIAM HARRISON MITCHELL appears,

accompanied by his wife ELLEN and loyal dog Cupcakes. They

smile from the landing and wave to the world -- a postcard of

themselves.

TRACKING SHOT - FIRST FAMILY

"HAIL TO THE CHIEF" RINGS OUT across the grounds. For-

midably handsome Bill Mitchell is fit and in his early forties.

His wife Ellen, still in her early thirties, is considered a

classical beauty with a wide "friendly" smile that in certain

photographs seems just on the edge of wistful. The dog frolics

around them as they wave to the press and smile for the world.

Ozzie and Harriet for the Nineties with a bow to FDR and some

Camelot thrown in.

MOVING WITH them...

They stride arm in arm beneath the portico that leads to the

West Wing. The band is still playing as they head under the

archway, disappearing from public view. Then, instantly,

as a handler rushes up and grabs the dog, the smiles vanish.

Bill lets go of Ellen and Ellen lets go of Bill. He turns

to his right and she turns to her left. Off they go in their

separate directions.

CUT TO:

INT. WEST WING HALLWAY - DAY

The President strides down the long marble hallway flanked by

his two senior advisors, BOB ALEXANDER, the White House Chief

of Staff and ALAN REED, the White House Media Advisor.

MITCHELL:

Is everybody in there?

BOB:

They're waiting for you. And they're

very nervous.

CUT TO:

INT. WHITE HOUSE - ROOSEVELT ROOM - DAY

It is the seat of power. There is a dark oak conference table

with a crystal chandelier above it. Alan Reed is reading

from a notebook full of polling data while the President glares

at a group of congressional leaders. Bob glares at them,

too, while they cower behind their water glasses.

REED:

(reading from his

notebook)

I wish I had better news... Our

compassion index is off seven

points from the last sample and

that's down eighteen on the year. The

`Cares About People Like Me' numbers

are really in the toilet. We're off

twenty points from March and that was

right after we raised interest rates...

MITCHELL:

Dammit...

(beat)

I told them no mayo.

(looking up)

See - - I could veto this Simpson Garner

thing, but I really don't want to do

that...

A couple of the legislators flinch, still staring straight

ahead.

MITCHELL:

(circling)

Do you know why I don't want to do it?

DAVE - Rev. 8/7/92 3.

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Gary Ross

Gary Ross is an American film director, writer, and author. He directed the film The Hunger Games, as well as Pleasantville and the Best Picture nominated Seabiscuit. more…

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