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The War Room [DVD] [Criterion Collection]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • THE WAR ROOM takes us inside Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign and the exciting, topsy-turvy race that proved to be one of the most memorable in U.S. history and came to define American political discourse for the 1990s. Director D.A. Pennebaker provides a personal, up-close view of the two principals: campaign managers James Carville and George Stephanopoulos as they try to stay on top of the exploding maelstrom of events--from scandalous, personal smear tactics (Gennifer Flowers) to the rise of quixotic spoiler Ross Perot. With remarkable confidence and media-saavy, they maintain order and forward momentum by steering public discourse away from negative issues of character and draft-dodging and back to the focus of their candidate's policies. They also create convincing catchphrases (It's the Economy, Stupid!) and keep the perspective on domestic issues tailormade to benefit Clinton. THE WAR ROOM is a harrowing emotional roller coaster of unfolding drama and suspense, loaded with historic significance and personal intimacy.
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  • Critic Reviews
    "...[THE WAR ROOM] manages to coax cliffhanging suspense out of a fait accompli....A revealing film and an invaluable document..."
    New York Times

    "...Delightful..." - Recommended
    Premiere

    "...Absorbing....It's effectively upfront and in close..."
    Variety

    "...At the center of THE WAR ROOM are James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, and it's amazing how these two political advisors pull focus from the nominal head of their campaign..."
    Film Comment

    "...What you realize, watching Carville and Stephanopoulos move between grand strategy and damage control, is that they are good at their jobs....Certainly their decision to allow access by documentarians shows a willingness to be seen, warts and all..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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