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Dave Ming Chang is forty-something, pleasant looking and neatly dressed, even if his attire harkens back to the disco-centric ‘70s. But beyond his odd apparel, there’s something not quite right about Dave. He’s definitely not from the neighbourhood… not even close. Even the way he walks is... odd; as he makes his way through the streets of New York, one of his legs shoots out way too far with each step, like he’s not comfortable in his own body. And for good reason: inside “Dave” is a crew of well-trained miniature people – a world within a world – that feverishly attempts to direct Dave’s every action and conversation. In each section of Dave’s “body”, a skilled crewperson (average height: one and three-quarters inches), sporting an insignia depicting a specific part of Dave’s anatomy, mans a high tech console controlling Dave’s movements. To direct Dave’s crew there is a Captain from whom Dave takes his appearance.

Original Title MEET DAVE
Italian Title PIACERE DAVE
Category Out of competition
Section Premiere
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 90'
Production Year 2008
Nationality USA
Directed by Brian Robbins
Screenplay Rob Greenberg, Bill Corbett
Script Rob Greenberg, Bill Corbett
Director of photography J. Clark Mathis
Editor Ned Bastille
Production Design Clay A. Griffith
Costume Design Ruth E. Carter
Sound Rob Cunningham
Music John Debney
Main cast Eddie Murphy (Dave)
Elizabeth Banks (Gina)
Scott Caan (Dooley)
Gabrielle Union (# 3)
Ed Helms (# 2)
Kevin Hart (# 17)
Produced by Jon Berg, David T. Friendly, Todd Komarnicki

meet dave regBrian Robbins

He is best known for writing, producing and directing major television and box office hits. Robbins began his career as an actor appearing on several hit television series in the 1980s. In 1996 Robbins, along with Michael Tollin, founded Tollin Robbins Productions (TRP) that produced several television series among which SMALLVILLE. Robbins is the executive producer of the hit television series ONE TREE HILL. As a partner of TRP, Robbins produced several feature films among which DREAMER: INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY and COACH CARTER. Robbins and Tollin launched the Los Angeles chapter of the Chasing the Dream Foundation, which awards scholarships to underprivileged youth. Robbins’ recent works as director are NORBIT, VARSITY BLUES, THE SHAGGY DOG, THE PERFECT SCORE, HARDBALL, READY TO RUMBLE and GOODBURGER. Currently Robbins is in pre-production on WILD HOGS 2 and in production on DreamWorks’ A THOUSAND WORDS, where he once again teams up with Eddie Murphy.


Director’s statement

“MEET DAVE was a complicated movie to bring to life. There’s an entire world inside Dave/Eddie’s head, where these mini-people exist. Then you have Dave out and about in the “real” world. Then on top of that, you have Eddie playing a ship on the outside and the ship’s captain on the inside. I was nervous at first, wondering how I was going to make all these elements mesh. What was Dave going to be like because he’s not human and he’s not a robot – he’s a ship!”.









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