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The War Room (1993)

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A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Himself
... Himself
Heather Beckel ... Herself
Paul Begala ... Himself
Bob Boorstin ... Himself
Michael Donnilon ... Himself
Jeff Eller ... Himself
Stanley Greenberg ... Himself
... Herself
Harold Ickes ... Himself
Mickey Kantor ... Himself
Mary Matalin ... Herself
Mitchell Schwartz ... Himself
Dave Anderson ... Himself
Collier Andress ... Himself
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A behind-the-scenes documentary about the Clinton for President campaign, focusing on the adventures of spin doctors James Carville and George Stephanopoulos. Bill Clinton himself is almost never seen. Written by Tim Horrigan <horrigan@hanover-crrel.army.mil>

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They Changed The Way Campaigns Are Won.


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Rated PG for language
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January 1994 (USA)  »

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Die Kommandozentrale  »

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$901,668
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Parodied in the series "Documentary Now" in an episode called, "The Bunker". See more »

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George Stephanopoulos: [in a phone conversation with the director of the Illinois Perot Office] Read it to me. Well what is names and addresses? I could send you a fax of names, addresses, and phone numbers of who you had an affair with, it wouldn't make it true. Yeah, I just... believe me. Believe me that it's been looked at by every major national news organization. Everything. And it is completely bullshit. If you went on the radio and said that Bill Clinton is the father of an illegitimate black child, you would ...
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Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
Written by Christine McVie
Performed by Fleetwood Mac
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A great inside look
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This would be an excellent film to show high school poly sci students. It shows the combination of art and craft that goes into a campaign; it promises to entice students into politics without pretending that there isn't some finagling and footwork involved.

Weak points: The sequence involving the Bush Brazilian print job goes on way too long and then doesn't resolve. Also, I (for one) was looking forward to seeing that timeless moment during the East Lansing debate when Clinton stepped away from the podium to address the draft issue, head on. That was a make-or-break moment that reminded us just how far a little candor can go when conventional political wisdom has us by the lapels, screaming in our faces. It's too bad the directors/editors didn't see fit to give us that critical moment, which I consider quite historical, not to mention on-topic.

All told, worth seeing. Interesting to watch something like this and remember that the pendulum sometimes swings...that way.


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