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Wag the Dog (1997)

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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Hollywood producer. A Washington spin-doctor. When they get together, they can make you believe anything. 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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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$92,079 (USA) (26 December 1997)

Gross:

$43,022,524 (USA) (1 May 1998)
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Trivia

Barry Levinson: with his back to the camera in the opening scene at the movie studio. See more »

Goofs

When the CIA pulls over Conrad's and Winifred's limousine, Winifred says "Uh, Connie..." and "What's happening?" In that brief moment between lines, her arm changes position and her cell phone disappears. See more »

Quotes

Stanley Motss: You take the fruit of forty years - hard lessons, mistakes - and you call it wisdom.
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Dustin Hoffman's main title credit is faded in over a close up of a vacuum cleaner. See more »

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References Bob Roberts (1992) See more »

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Written by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Michael DeRosier and Roger Fisher
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Brilliant satire
9 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Wag the Dog is a brilliant satire of the American political system with enough realism to make it plausible. It speaks the strongest to people who already have a visceral loathing of the American democratic process (not how it was in 1789 but how it is now). They see a degraded and ignorant public easily duped by politicians who are no more than habitual liars who will say anything to get elected but lack any idealism whatsoever. Intelligent, funny, but also very depressing, 9/10.


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