Wag the Dog (1997)

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Wag the Dog (1997)
  • Time: 97 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Director: Barry Levinson
  • Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Kirsten Dunst, William H. Macy, Woody Harrelson

Storyline:

After being caught in a scandalous situation days before the election, the president does not seem to have much of a chance of being re-elected. One of his advisers contacts a top Hollywood producer in order to manufacture a war in Albania that the president can heroically end, all through mass media.

One review

  • Writers Hilary Henkin, David Mamet & director Barry Levinson deserve an ovation to attempt a film like ‘Wag The Dog’. An outstanding work of cinema!

    A Washington spin doctor who, mere days before a presidential election, distracts the electorate from a sex scandal by hiring a Hollywood film producer to construct a fake war with Albania. An Incredible Idea, turned into an Incredible Film! Levinson has made many, many Masterpieces before, but this 1997 classic ranks as his finest work to date. His understanding to the subject & his brilliant execution leaves you awe-struck. A film where Minuses are hard to find.

    Performance wise: Dustin Hoffman is fantastic. He’s a treat to watch in each & every scene he appears, every dialog he delivers is a treat to watch, each & every expression he conveys is a treat to watch. This is his strongest performance to date. Robert De Niro is excellent, as always. Anne Heche is superb, and she looks really sexy in that short-hair-cut. Woody Harrelson is first-rate as the rapist. Others are perfect in their parts.

    On the whole ‘Wag The Dog’ is cinema at it’s best. Two Big Thumbs Up!

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