Wag the dog

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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
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Grouped Work IDb4ddb3b6-2520-91d6-abba-12ece0199308
Grouping Titlewag the dog
Grouping Authornew line cinema
Grouping Categorymovie
Last Grouping Update2020-01-23 15:45:44PM
Last Indexed2020-01-24 03:10:00AM

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auth_author2Beinhart, Larry.
De Niro, Robert,
Dunst, Kirsten, 1982-
Heche, Anne,
Henkin, Hilary,
Henkin, Hilary.
Hoffman, Dustin, 1937-
Knopfler, Mark,
Leary, Denis,
Levinson, Barry,
Macy, William H., 1950-
Mamet, David,
Martin, Andrea, 1947-
Nelson, Willie, 1933-
Rosenthal, Jane, 1956-
author2-roleBaltimore Pictures (Firm)
Baltimore Pictures (Firm),production company.
Beinhart, Larry.American hero.
De Niro, Robert,actor.
De Niro, Robert,film producer,actor.
Dunst, Kirsten,1982-actor.
Heche, Anne,actor.
Henkin, Hilary,screenwriter.
Henkin, Hilary.
Hoffman, Dustin,1937-actor.
Knopfler, Mark,composer.
Leary, Denis,actor.
Levinson, Barry,director.
Levinson, Barry,film director,film producer.
Macy, William H.,1950-actor.
Mamet, David,screenwriter.
Martin, Andrea,1947-actor.
Nelson, Willie,1933-actor.
New Line Cinema Corporation,production company.
New Line Cinema Corporation.
New Line Home Entertainment (Firm),film distributor.
New Line Home Video (Firm)
Punch Productions,production company.
Punch Productions.
Rosenthal, Jane,1956-film producer.
Tribeca Productions,production company.
Tribeca Productions.
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display_descriptionWhen the President is caught in a sex scandal less than 2 weeks before the election, "Mr. Fix-it" decides they need a war to distract the public's attention and he calls on Hollywood's top producer to create it.
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ils:.b27360088DVDMoviesEnglishNew Line Home Video, [1998]1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color, double sided ; 4 3/4 in.
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seriesNew Line platinum
series_with_volumeNew Line platinum|
subject_facetComedy films
Feature films
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Political films
Political satire
Political satire -- Drama
Presidents -- Election
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- Drama
United States
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title_displayWag the dog
title_fullWag the Dog / New Line Cinema presents ; a Tribeca/Baltimore Pictures/Punch production ; a Barry Levinson film ; produced by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, Barry Levinson ; screenplay by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet ; directed by Barry Levinson
Wag the dog [videorecording] / New Line Cinema presents a Tribeca/Baltimore Pictures/Punch production ; produced by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, Barry Levinson ; screenplay by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet ; directed by Barry Levinson
title_shortWag the dog
Political satire