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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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Why does a dog wag its tail? Because a dog is smarter than its tail. If the tail were smarter, the tail would wag the dog. 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)

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

"This is nothing!", the recurring phrase spoken by Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) in the movie, was nominated for the AFI (American Film Institute)'s "100 Years . . . 100 Movie Quotes" list. See more »

Goofs

In one scene Dustin Hoffman comments that "there is no Academy Award for producing." While there is no Academy Award titled "Best Producer", the Best Picture Oscar is the Oscar awarded to Producers. See more »

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Conrad 'Connie' Brean: We're not gonna have a war, we're gonna have the appearance of a war.
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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 I, Claudius (1976) See more »

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The American Dream
Written by Tom Bähler
Performed by Tom Bähler and Friends
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The greatest political satire ever
11 October 2004 | by (Nashville, TN) – 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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Wouldn't the Albanian government have been able to refute the "war"? highlandpercussion
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The word, the concept, the randomness of Albania renoCamino
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