Wag the Dog

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  • R
  • Genre(s): Comedy Drama
  • Release year: 1997
  • Running time: 97 min
Spin doctors snap into action and use the media to create a fake war with Albania in order to keep reporters from digging into a potential presidential sex scandal that threatens to explode just days before an election. Academy Award winners Robert... read more
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Spin doctors snap into action and use the media to create a fake war with Albania in order to keep reporters from digging into a potential presidential sex scandal that threatens to explode just days before an election. Academy Award winners Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman star in a tale of politics, power and Hollywood so outrageous it could be true! Two weeks before re-election, the President of the United States is accused of accosting a girl scout. Before the news reaches the media, his advisors call in a political consultant specializing in image rescues. What to do? Hire a Hollywood producer to create a war—distracting public attention from the scandal and rallying Americans to their President in surge of patriotic fever. Also starring Denis Leary, Kirsten Dunst and Woody Harrelson. Directed by Academy Award and Emmy Award-winner Barry Levinson. Based on the novel American Hero by Larry Beinhart.

Original Release

12/25/1997

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Cast

Directors

Barry Levinson

Writers

David Mamet, Hilary Henkin, Larry Beinhart

Cast

Dustin Hoffman Stanley Motss
Robert De Niro Conrad Brean
Anne Heche Winifred Ames
Denis Leary Fad King
Willie Nelson Johnny Dean
Andrea Martin Liz Butsky
Kirsten Dunst Tracy Lime
William H. Macy Mr. Young
John Michael Higgins John Levy
Suzie Plakson Grace
Woody Harrelson Sgt. William Schumann
Michael Belson President
Suzanne Cryer Amy Cain
Jason Cottle A.D.
Geoffrey Blake Media Guy #1 (as Geffrey Blake)
Giselle Fernandez Female Press Person
John Franklin Jockey #1
Jim Belushi Jim Belushi
David Koechner Director
Merle Haggard Merle Haggard

Producers

Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Claire Rudnick Polstein Executive Producer
Ezra Swerdlow Executive Producer
Robert De Niro Producer
Barry Levinson Producer
Jane Rosenthal Producer
Eric McLeod Producer

Editors

Stu Linder

1998 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1998 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Nominated
1998 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1998 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1998 Golden Globe Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Nominated
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