WAG THE DOG, 1997
Directed by Barry Levinson
Starring: Dustin Hoffman; Robert De Niro; Anne Heche
Review by Tom Coatsworth
When the US President gets caught with his pants down, days before the election, his spin-doctors create a fictitious war to divert attention.
Nominated for 2 Oscars: Best actor in a leading role: Dustin Hoffman;
Best Screenplay: David Mamet; Hilary Henkin
Political satire in feature filmmaking is exceptionally rare. It’s a poor-boy genre that is shunned by producers, who prefer to make money. And so it’s a thrill to see top notch talent driving a witty political script all the way to the bank. On a fifteen million dollar budget ‘Wag The Dog’ grossed sixty-four million box-office worldwide — nothing to sneer at.
The story begins with scandal: the President has been accused by a Firefly Girl of sexual…
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