Wag the Dog by Barry Levinson (1997)

“Why does a dog wag its tail? Because a dog is smarter than its tail.” goes the opening quote.

The main question in this fine piece of cinematic feast seems to be – who is the most important person/shaker in the film industry? Is it the director? No. Is it the writer? No. It’s the producer!

Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman – two old classics accompanied by blondely bobbed Anne Heche – deliver a fictitious war on Albania to stop the leak from the White House two weeks before the presidential elections – for the second term. All that to cover up a sexual harassment case that did or did not happen, but certainly got created as a story.

The main message delivered through the mouths of Mr Fix-It (De Niro) is that no matter the truth, people believe in what’s on TV.

It is finely written, delivered and full of golden quotes and thoughts for our times of media/news industry running our reality. A definite must watch every 5 years.



Filed under Cult Classics, film reviews

4 responses to “Wag the Dog by Barry Levinson (1997)

  1. bbbgtoby

    nice, i was just praising this movie in my Dustin Hoffman list. A shame that Meet The Parents 2 ruined this pairing.

  2. bbbgtoby

    can’t imagine it’s of much interest to you but this damned chain award thing is going around the film blogs and i’ve linked to you just incase you want to take part. http://blahblahblahgay.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/elevenses.html

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