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R| 1 hr. 37 min.

Plot Summary
Two weeks prior to reelection, the United States president lands in the middle of a sex scandal. In need of outside help to quell the situation, presidential adviser Winifred Ames (Anne Heche) enlists the expertise of spin doctor Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro), who decides a distraction is the best course of action. Brean approaches Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) to help him fabricate a war in Albania -- and once underway, the duo has the media entirely focused on the war.

Cast: Dustin Hoffman , Robert De Niro , Anne Heche , Woody Harrelson , Denis Leary , Willie Nelson , Andrea Martin , Michael Belson

Director: Barry Levinson

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Wag the Dog (1997)

Release Date: January 2nd, 1998|1 hr. 37 min.

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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Levinson's sure touch keeps audiences smiling and manages to maintain an aura of good nature in a film that, at heart, offers a caustic, almost bitter vision of American institutions and contemporary politics. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is a satire that contains just enough realistic ballast to be teasingly plausible; like "Dr. Strangelove," it makes you laugh, and then it makes you wonder. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is one of Levinson's best films, and the screenplay, co-penned by noted writer David Mamet (along with Hilary Henkin), is brilliantly on-target. show more

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