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Wag the Dog [DVD] [Eng/Fre] [1997]

  • SKU: 3421443
  • Release Date: 07/29/1998
  • Rating: R
  • 5.0 (2)
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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
5.0
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

Special Features

  • Widescreen and full-screen versions of the film
  • Audio commentary by Barry Levinson and Dustin Hoffman
  • "From Washington to Hollywood and Back": a featurette including interviews with Barry Levinson, Jane Rosenthal, Tom Brokaw, John Frankenheimer, Dee Dee Myers, Budd Schulberg, Chris Hegadus, and D.A. Pennebaker
  • "The Line Between Truth and Fiction," essay on politics and the media
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Cast and crew biographies and filmographies
  • Animated menus

Synopsis

Wag the Dog
In a 29-day shoot, Barry Levinson filmed this $15 million political and media satire, adapted by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet from Larry Beinhart's novel, American Hero. Two weeks prior to re-election, the President (Michael Belson) is accused of cornering an underage girl in the Oval Office. To keep the media from learning of this, Presidential adviser Winifred Ames (Anne Heche) brings in political consultant and spin doctor Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro), a specialist in such salvage operations. Brean suggests fabricating denials of non-existent emergencies -- such as denials about the B-3 bomber. The denial, of course, is true, since no B-3 bomber exists. Brean visits the mansion of Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) and gives him the assignment to create a patriotic campaign centered around a war in Albania. Motss assembles a creative team -- Liz Butsky (Andrea Martin), the trend-setter Fad King (Denis Leary), and songwriter Johnny Green (Willie Nelson). Treated like an ad campaign, the songs and symbols are transmitted directly from a Hollywood soundstage to CNN. The star of their campaign is a "rescued" pilot -- in reality, a psychotic military prisoner (Woody Harrelson), who's a ticking time bomb. The flag-waving song, "The American Dream" was written for the film by Tom Bahler (who co-wrote "We Are the World"). Beinhart's original novel involved a real President (Bush), a real war (the Gulf War), and the premise that George Bush and Saddam Hussein staged it. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman - Stanley Motss
  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro - Conrad Brean
  • Anne Heche
    Anne Heche - Winifred Ames
  • Woody Harrelson
    Woody Harrelson - Sgt. William Schumann
  • Denis Leary
    Denis Leary - Fad King

Overall Customer Rating

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