Wag the Dog
- Original title
Wag the Dog
- Running time
- 95 min.
- United States
David Mamet, Hilary Henkin (Novel: Larry Beinhart)
Robert De Niro,
William H. Macy,
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.
: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman), Adapted Screenplay
: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay
: 3 Nominations for Golden Globe: Movie Comedy, Actor Comedy, Screenplay
: National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actress (Anne Heche)
: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize
: Critics' Choice Awards: Nominated for Best Film
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman)
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