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Wag the Dog. Why does a dog wag its tail? Because a dog is smarter than its tail. . If the tail were smarter, the tail would wag the dog. Starring:. Robert De Niro as Conrad Brean. Dustin Hoffman as Stanley Motss. Ann Heche as Winifed Ames. The Plot.

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wag the dog
Wag the Dog

Why does a dog wag its tail?

Because a dog is smarter than its tail.

If the tail were smarter, the tail would wag the dog.

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Starring:

Robert De Niro as

Conrad Brean

Dustin Hoffman as

Stanley Motss

Ann Heche as

Winifed Ames

the plot
The Plot

The president is up for re-election. With the reelection only 11 days away, they must come up with a way to distract the voters from a scandal.

Conrad and Ames get producer Stanley Motss to assist them in fabricating a fake war with Albania.

They find a upcoming actress to play a refugee fleeing a town under attack in an eyewitness video.

more plot
More Plot

When the war footage looses steam, they create a war hero that was left behind enemy lines.

The war hero is a convicted felon and crazy. After their plane crashes, the convict dies.

Eventually Stanley wants credit for his masterpiece of work. Conrad has him “taken care of” by the CIA.

critic reviews
Critic Reviews

Lazily assembled by director Levinson, it slides into a series of soft, extended skits on engineering a media war, not helped by several badly handled leaps in the story. – Timeout.com

No matter what your political persuasion is, or how cynically you regard the goings-on in Washington, you will be entertained. - James Berardinelli Reelviews.net

“Wag the Dog” cites Grenada as an example of how easy it is to whip up patriotic frenzy, and how dubious the motives sometimes are. – Robert Ebert

awards quotes
Awards/Quotes

National Board Review, USA Best Supporting Actress: Anne Heche

Academy Awards Nominee Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman

  • Conrad's line, "A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow," is a quote from WWII General George S. Patton.
  • "Why change horses midstream?" was originally a campaign slogan for Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
film score
Film Score

Political Accuracy: D+

Entertainment: B-

Overall: C