Wag the Dog

Wag the Dog

DVD - 1998
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When the President is caught in a sex scandal less than 2 weeks before the election, "Mr. Fix-it" decides they need a war to distract the public's attention and he calls on Hollywood's top producer to create it.
Publisher: [United States] : New Line Home Video, [1998]
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780780622562
0780622561
Branch Call Number: WAG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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seeker472
Jul 31, 2017

A very clever, entertaining movie. Not too far fetched when you consider the lies politicians
have got away with in the past.

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Isley
Jun 12, 2014

I suppose there is nothing majorly wrong with this one, but its smarmy attitude really rubbed me the wrong way. Also, I was having trouble maintaining suspension of disbelief: fake a war…sure, get that many people involved in the plot and keep it a secret…no way.

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ALAN G FOX
Jan 16, 2013

Clintonesque story of top White House spin-doctors who distract the gullible American public from a presidential sex scandal by contriving an elaborate misinformation campaign about a completely fictitious war against Albania (strangely prophetic, since the movie was released BEFORE the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke). Why Albania? Why not? A bit slow, but entertaining, cynically interesting, and continuously relevant depiction of "fictitious" governmental machinations. Not recommended for those who cherish the reliably objective and independent veracity of the mainstream media or the pristine virtues of American foreign policy.

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Heyst
Sep 22, 2012

I was watching CBC during US Dem. Convention, & the Canadian announcer said, "The Americans are nothing if not great talkers." Ouch! It's good to get the world's perspective on us. The news in U.S. is exactly what is portrayed in Wag the Dog. Now the world is exploding with Muslim fury at the U.S. (over that sacrilegious video).Realizing how simple it is to manipulate public perception,(Wag the Dog) it is quite plausible that the Repubs. are behind the video inflaming Muslims around the globe. The chances of their party winning the election with the likes of Mitt "the 47%" are so slim that they tried to shave the points through voter suppression (it worked in Florida), but courts have struck down all their voter i.d. laws. Romney's leveraged buyouts are take over scams like gangster bust outs: It's Winning at any cost. (Gordon Gekko) So, if you think the Republicans wouldn't start a world war with Muslims to win the election you didn't follow how we got into the Iraq war with lies about WMDs in order to enrich Halliburtin.

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peppertoo
Nov 17, 2010

Saw this when it first came out and loved it - had to buy it. Seems so plausible, especially when it first came out!. Our family finds it sometimes says "That is so Wag the Dog" when we watch the news regarding the States mostly. Worthy to see for sure.

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ALAN G FOX
Jun 09, 2015

Winifred Ames: Why Albania?
Conrad 'Connie' Brean: Why not?
Winifred Ames: What have they done to us?
Conrad 'Connie' Brean: What have they done FOR us? What do you know about them?
Winifred Ames: Nothing.
Conrad 'Connie' Brean: See? They keep to themselves. Shifty. Untrustable.

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peppertoo
Nov 17, 2010

What difference does it make if it's true? If it's a story and it breaks, they're gonna run with it.

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