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Wag the Dog

You need sincerity, even if you have to fake it.
You need sincerity, even if you have to fake it.
A satire-cum-farce which did OK at the US box office in spite of so-so reviews. Eleven days before a presidential election, the president blows it by getting up to michief with an underaged girl. Desperate to keep the story out of the press, his team decide to create a diversionary news story, about a ficticious war (us verses them) in the Balkans. However, as the truth about the fake war comes closer to being revealed, the team are driven to ever more desperate measures to maintain the charade.

95 minutes, No persons under 13 (Language)
Comedy

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Cast
Dustin Hoffman, Robert de Niro, Anne Heche, Denis Leary, Willie Nelson
Director
Barry Levinson
ScreenplayHilary Henkin, David Mamet, from a novel by Larry Beinhart
MusicTom Bähler, Mark Knopfler
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackNot available
Made in1997
Produced byTribeca Productions, New Line Cinema, Punch Productions, Baltimore Pictures

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Robert Haynes 14
Laetitia Loubser 16
Hannes Viljoen 10
Average .. 67%13
Visitor Comments
Robert Haynes: Fun but nothing earth shattering here. CLEVER would be a perfect way to sum up this very entertaining IN-JOKE. But don't read more into it than need be. Judging by the critics above this film is a classic of sorts - which is isn't - be warned though it is for reasonably intellectual audiences and not for any Tom, Dick or Sally.

Laetitia Loubser: The success of the movie was the fact that it was released in the USA the same week that the Clinton-Monica bomb was dropped. So it did not seem like an aftermath - rather ''we new beforehand''. An excelent piece of socio-political satire. It has a thought-provoking message about the relationship between politics, mass market entertainment and the people of USA. I think the joke is on the people....


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