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Wag the Dog

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • When a Firefly Girl accuses the president of sexual misconduct in the Oval Office less than two weeks before the upcoming election, White House official Winifred Ames (Anne Heche) is told to bring in Conrad Bream (Robert De Niro) to fix the situation and save the president's chances for reelection. This mysterious "fixer" fabricates a conflict with Albania in an effort to detract attention from the sex scandal, bringing in legendary Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) to "produce" the war. When the CIA foils the initial plot, the creative team turns to a new story line, creating the saga of a U.S. soldier left behind enemy lines whom the president vows to find and return to American soil. Directed by Barry Levinson (DINER, RAIN MAN) and loosely based on Larry Beinhart's novel AMERICAN HERO, this merging of Hollywood and politics is both thought provoking and comical. The inspired casting of Hoffman as the self-absorbed producer and De Niro as the mysterious spin doctor is bolstered by a superb supporting cast that includes Denis Leary and Andrea Martin.
    • Rating - For language
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): N4658

  • Credits
    Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Robert DeNiro, Anne Heche, Denis Leary, Willie Nelson, Andrea Martin, Kirsten Dunst, William H. Macy, W. H. Macy, Craig T. Nelson, Suzie Plakson, John Michael Higgins, Woody Harrelson, Michael Belson, Suzanne Cryer, Jason Cottle, David Koechner, Harland Williams, Sean Masterson, Bernard Hocke, Pops Staples, Roebuck Staples
  • Critic Reviews
    "...WAG THE DOG, besides being outrageous fun, is also a groundbreaker..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Extremely well-made..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Fitfully amusing political satire..."
    USA Today

    "...As scarily plausible as it is swift, hilarious and impossible to resist....Splendidly acted, written with biting acuity...and directed in discreetly sidesplitting fashion..."
    New York Times

    "...The sharp script makes for a movie sure to be appreciated by media junkies and conspiracy theorists alike..."

    "...Like DR. STRANGELOVE, it makes you laugh, then it makes you wonder....For Hoffman, this is the best performance in some time..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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