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Wag the Dog

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Original title
Wag the Dog
Running time
95 min.
United States United States
David Mamet, Hilary Henkin (Novel: Larry Beinhart)
Mark Knopfler
Robert Richardson
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New Line Cinema
Synopsis / Plot
Less than two weeks before election day, a scandal erupts that threatens to cripple the President's bid for a second term. But before the incident can cause irreparable damage, a mysterious fixer is called to the White House. The ultimate spin doctor, Conrad Brean (ROBERT DeNIRO) has the uncanny ability to manipulate politics, the press and most importantly, the American people.
Anticipating the reaction of a frenzied press corps, Brean deftly deflects attention from the President by creating a bigger and better story - a war. With the help of Stanley Motss (the "t" is silent) (DUSTIN HOFFMAN), a famed Hollywood producer and his irreverent entourage, Brean assembles an unlikely crisis team who orchestrate a global conflict unlike any ever seen on CNN.
Wickedly fictional with historical overtones truer than many care to admit, Wag The Dog examines the blurred lines between politics, the media and show business.
1997: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman), Adapted Screenplay
1997: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay
1997: 3 Nominations for Golden Globe: Movie Comedy, Actor Comedy, Screenplay
1997: National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actress (Anne Heche)
1998: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize
1997: Critics' Choice Awards: Nominated for Best Film
1997: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
1997: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman)
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