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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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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 comedy about truth, justice and other special effects. See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$43,022,524 (USA) (1 May 1998)
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Dustin Hoffman based the mannerisms and delivery for his character on his father and on producer Robert Evans. See more »

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While Conrad and Winifred are on the airport to fly to L.A., on the TV screen during the news report, Santa Fe is written Sante Fe. See more »

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[repeated line]
Conrad 'Connie' Brean: I'm working on it.
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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 The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) See more »

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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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