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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Stanley Motss
... Conrad Brean
... Winifred Ames
... Sgt. William Schumann
... Fad King
... Johnny Dean
... Liz Butsky
Michael Belson ... President
... Amy Cain
... John Levy
... Grace
... Tracy Lime
... A.D.
... Director
... Pet Wrangler
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bite the Bullet  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,079, 28 December 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,022,524, 3 May 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,217,092
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Trivia

Dustin Hoffman had already starred in a movie called Hero (1992). The name of the source novel by Larry Beinhart, on which this movie was based, was called "American Hero" (1993). See more »

Goofs

Air Force One is diverted to Boca Raton, which does not have a runway big enough to handle it. See more »

Quotes

Stanley Motss: I'm in show business, yes? Why come to me?
Conrad 'Connie' Brean: Well I'll tell you why, Mr Motss. '54-40-Or Fight', what does that mean?
Stanley Motss: It's a slogan, it's from the, uh...
Conrad 'Connie' Brean: 'Remember the Maine'!
Stanley Motss: Oh yeah, that's from - that's gotta be from the, uh...
Conrad 'Connie' Brean: 'Tippecanoe and Tyler Too'!
Stanley Motss: No, that's not, uh...
Conrad 'Connie' Brean: They're war slogans, Mr. Motss. We remember the slogans, we can't even remember the fucking wars. You know why? That's show business. That's why we're here. Naked girl covered in Napalm. 'V for Victory'. Five Marines ...
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Crazy Credits

Dustin Hoffman's main title credit is faded in over a close up of a vacuum cleaner. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Labyrinten: Episode #1.4 (2000) See more »

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I Like The Nightlife
Written by Alicia Bridges & Susan Hutcheson
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A truly great satire
21 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

It had been a while since I last watched this film, but I once again remembered the reasons why I loved it so. Thoughtful and evocative, this film really captured the nature of politics and spin doctoring. This certainly ranks as one of the best political comedies of all time. The over-the-top attitude of the film didn't detract from anything, making this still quite believable. It also demonstrated how people's emotions can be manipulated when aggressively attacked. The fragile nature of the human spirit tends to make us more susceptible to such manipulations, as demonstrated in this film. With the exception of Anne Heche, everyone's performance in this film was rather good. The only other downside was Mark Knopfler's score, which was completely out of place in this film.


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