Wag the Dog Poster

Release Date: January 2nd, 1998

DVD Release Date: July 29th, 1998

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

Production Co: Tribeca Productions, New Line Cinema, Baltimore Pictures, Punch Productions

Distributors: New Line Cinema

Keywords: Fall, Deception, 1990s, Amusing, Quest

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Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)