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Wag the Dog (1997)

Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a presidential sex scandal.

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CIA Agent Charles Young
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After being caught in a scandalous situation days before the election, the president does not seem to have much of a chance of being re-elected. One of his advisers contacts a top Hollywood producer in order to manufacture a war in Albania that the president can heroically end, all through mass media. Written by Christy

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A comedy about truth, justice and other special effects. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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9 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bite the Bullet  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,778,122 (USA) (11 January 1998)

Gross:

$43,022,524 (USA) (3 May 1998)
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Trivia

Star Dustin Hoffman had already starred in a movie called "American Hero" (aka "Hero") [See: American Hero (1997)]. The name of the source novel by Larry Beinhart that Wag the Dog (1997) was based on was called "American Hero" (1993). See more »

Goofs

On the blackboard stating the days until the election, the number 8 is written twice. See more »

Quotes

Conrad 'Connie' Brean: You can't tell anyone about this.
Tracy Lime: It is like a union thing?
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"Special Thanks to The Cast and Crew for Completing Principal Photography in 29 Days!" See more »

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References The Howdy Doody Show (1947) See more »

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I Guard The Canadian Border
Written by Tom Bähler and Willie Nelson
Performed by Willie Nelson
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Brilliant satire
9 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Wag the Dog is a brilliant satire of the American political system with enough realism to make it plausible. It speaks the strongest to people who already have a visceral loathing of the American democratic process (not how it was in 1789 but how it is now). They see a degraded and ignorant public easily duped by politicians who are no more than habitual liars who will say anything to get elected but lack any idealism whatsoever. Intelligent, funny, but also very depressing, 9/10.


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