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
Both of the movie's two top-billed lead stars, Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro, have won two Academy Awards for acting. Hoffman is a Best Actor Oscar Winner for both Rain Man (1988) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) whilst De Niro is a Best Actor Oscar Winner for Raging Bull (1980) and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for The Godfather: Part II (1974). Both de Niro and Hoffmann have been nominated for Oscars each on seven occasions including the above-mentioned wins for each. See more »
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 »
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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