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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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CIA Agent Charles Young
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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  »

Box Office

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

The claim of Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) that "there is no Academy Award for producing" is (technically) incorrect, since the Oscar for Best Picture has always been given to the main producer(s) of a film. See more »

Goofs

When the limo pulls out of the Hay-Adams Hotel and passes the Washington Monument, a camera is reflected in the car window. See more »

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Conrad 'Connie' Brean: You're goddamn right, then it's got nothing to do with the B-3 Bomber!
John Levy: There is no B-3 bomber.
Conrad 'Connie' Brean: [Knowingly] I just said that! There is no B-3 bomber, and I don't know why these rumors get started!
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"Special Thanks to The Cast and Crew for Completing Principal Photography in 29 Days!" See more »

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Featured in The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998) See more »

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Ballad of the Green Berets
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Composed by Barry Sadler
[parodied by "God Bless The Men Of The 303"]
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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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