Wag The Dog

Released 1997

Director: Barry Levinson

Rating: R

Studio: New Line Cinema

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  • Wag the Dog is a dark comedy that explores the degree to which politicians and their handlers manipulate the news in order to cover up their transgressions. After the president is caught having an affair with a very young woman, fixer Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) is hired to make the scandal go away. He partners with Hollywood producer, Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) to fabricate an artificial war with Albania, hoping it will take attention away from the president's illicit affair. The two men conspire to create an artificial war by shooting on a sound stage and using special effects to simulate the conflict. They even create phony heroes, including one insane Army convict who threatens to derail the entire enterprise. As the election nears, the two men go into overdrive to insure that the president is re-elected so that he - and they - can keep their jobs. Wag the Dog is a cynical exploration of the power of media and the ruthlessness of politics.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Keely Christian

  • Robert De Niro

    Conrad Brean

  • James Belushi

  • William H. Macy

  • Denis Leary

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  • Notes (4)

    • Wag the Dog was the 46th most successful movie of 1997.

    • Domestically, Wag the Dog was the 52nd most successful movie of 1997.

    • Wag the Dog took a worldwide gross of $64,256,513.

    • Wag the Dog took a domestic gross of $43,061,945.

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