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Wag the Dog (1997)

Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a Presidential sex scandal.

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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. Written by Christy

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A comedy about truth, justice and other special effects. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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9 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bite the Bullet  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,079, 28 December 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,022,524, 3 May 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,217,092
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1.85 : 1
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One of numerous collaborations of William H. Macy and David Mamet. See more »

Goofs

While they are recording the song for the Albanian War, there is a shot of Stanley through the glass of the studio. The reflections of the singers do not match the words or rhythm of the song. See more »

Quotes

[discovering that their "hero" is actually a convict]
Winifred Ames: When we asked for "special programs", they gave us special prisons.
Conrad 'Connie' Brean: Yeah, well... little bit of a difference.
Winifred Ames: Has he been in jail long?
Stanley Motss: [reading a file] Twelve years.
Winifred Ames: Does he have much longer to serve?
Stanley Motss: Mmm.
Winifred Ames: What did he do?
Stanley Motss: He raped a nun...
Winifred Ames: Oh, God. Oh, God. Jes... oh, God!
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Crazy Credits

Dustin Hoffman's main title credit is faded in over a close up of a vacuum cleaner. See more »

Connections

Features Gigi (1958) See more »

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I Guard The Canadian Border
Written by Tom Bähler and Willie Nelson
Performed by Willie Nelson
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The greatest political satire ever
11 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I do not understand the people who did not like the movie. For me this is the greatest political satire since Chaplin's "The great dictator". Both de Niro and Hoffman are great as well. This movie is not about Clinton although they did predict correctly the Kosovo war, and Albanian terrorists. It is about American political system which is made by and for TV. Several lines from that movie ("Why Albania?" - "Why not?", "Albania does not rhyme", "What do you remember about the Gulf war? One smart bomb... I was in that building when we shot that shot", and many more) are impossible to forget because everyday political life does not let us forget them.


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