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The War Room (1993)

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A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it.
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A behind-the-scenes documentary about the Clinton for President campaign, focusing on the adventures of spin doctors James Carville and George Stephanopoulos. Bill Clinton himself is almost never seen. Written by Tim Horrigan <horrigan@hanover-crrel.army.mil>

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They Changed The Way Campaigns Are Won.


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Rated PG for language
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January 1994 (USA)  »

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Die Kommandozentrale  »

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$901,668 (USA)
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James Carville: No, I want... Shit, I ain't drinking no Bush bear. Give me a Budweiser.
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References A League of Their Own (1992) See more »

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I Swung The Election
Written by Glen Miller
Performed by Jack Teagarden
Published by EMI Reisp Catalog Inc.
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Amazingly superficial
26 August 2016 | by (Southampton) – See all my reviews

I had seen the 'War Room' referred to in at least two articles I've read in past months dealing with the Clinton/Trump presidential race. Now, having seen it I wonder why it was mentioned at all. An incredibly superficial ninety-six minutes of film clips strung together with no commentary or on-screen captions to reveal dates, locations or personalities. Plenty of shots of Carville on the phone but as the person he's speaking to isn't heard it's a bit like reading only the left-hand pages of a novel because all the right-hand pages are blank. Lots of clips of people talking to each other but mostly breezy chit-chat and laughter with no real substance to help the viewer understand what was going on.

No doubt this visual stream of consciousness style of documentary can deliver a coherent movie on any subject but it would take a director's skill and planning to make it work, if the 'War Room' is the best of the hours and hours of shot material I reckon it's a dismal failure and I doubt many of the folk who sat through it all will see it twice.


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