Wag the Dog Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for Wag the Dog the Movie

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Based on the book "American Hero" by Larry Beinhart and adapted by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet. Over-the-top Hollywood producer (Hoffman) is hired by White House officials to stage a military attack against the U.S. to divert media attention from accusations that the President fondled a Girl Scout. Show biz insiders say Hoffman's Motss resembles one-time studio head Robert Evans; Washington insiders wonder if it's a documentary. In fact, the entire film is one big insider's joke. Luckily, it's smart enough, and short enough, to avoid becoming tiresome. Look for cameos by Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson. Filmed in a speedy 29 days on a $15 million budget.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 96 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Capitol Capers, Politics, Behind the Scenes, Showbiz Comedies
Hilary Henkin, David Mamet
Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Woody Harrelson, Denis Leary, Willie Nelson, Andrea Martin, Suzanne Cryer, John Michael Higgins, Suzy Plakson, Kirsten Dunst, William H. Macy, Michael Belson
Robert Richardson
Barry Levinson
Mark Knopfler
New Line Cinema


Natl. Bd. of Review 1997: Support. Actress (Heche).

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