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Wag the Dog

1997 Rated R 1hr 37m

When the president is caught in a sex scandal less than two weeks before the election, White House spinmaster Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) creates a phony war with the help of Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) to distract the electorate. From acclaimed director Barry Levinson and writers Hilary Henkin and David Mamet comes this biting look at American politics and its insidious relationship with the media.

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Movie Details

1998 Golden Globe Awards
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
  • Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
  • Top 100 Laughs nominee
1998 Academy Award®
  • Best Actor nominee: Dustin Hoffman
  • Best Writing Adapted Screenplay nominee
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
Screen formats

Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1, Unmatted 1.33:1


English, French, Spanish (Neutral)

Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1

Other features

Color; interactive menus; scene access; commentary by Barry Levinson and Dustin Hoffman; "making of" featurette; filmographies; interviews; separate film score audio track; essay on Hollywood and politics; theatrical trailer