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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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CIA Agent Charles Young
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John Levy
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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

In the funeral scene, soldiers in the military band are played by members of the Riverside Community College marching band. See more »

Goofs

When Winifred is playing with her pearls after they find out the "war" has been ended, they are in her right hand in one shot, then jump to the left in the next shot. See more »

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Stanley Motss: This is politics at its finest.
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"Special Thanks to The Cast and Crew for Completing Principal Photography in 29 Days!" See more »

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Referenced in The Dirties (2013) See more »

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Wag The Dog?
Written and Performed by Mark Knopfler
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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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