Shortly before an election, unsavory news surfaces about a president who’s campaigning for a second term. He calls on his favorite spin-doctor, who recruits a Hollywood producer and his colleagues to provide damage control. To distract the public from the president’s indiscretions, they create a story about a fake war to feed to the media. Although the team generates plenty of convincing reports, they have to keep up a relentless effort to stay ahead of skeptical journalists and politicians from the opposing party.
■ Title — Wag the Dog
■ A.K.A. — Bite the Bullet
■ Director — Barry Levinson
■ Cast — Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche
■ Rated R for language
■ Distributor — New Line Home Video
■ ©1997 | 1h 37m | Comedy, Drama