1997 – Wag the Dog

Directed by: Barry Levinson
Written by: David Mamet, Hilary Henkin
Produced by: Robert De Niro, Barry Levinson, Jane Rosenthal
Production year: 1997
Original release: January 9, 1998 (USA)
Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Other cast: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche
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Two weeks prior to reelection, the United States president lands in the middle of a sex scandal. In need of outside help to quell the situation, presidential adviser Winifred Ames (Anne Heche) enlists the expertise of spin doctor Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro), who decides a distraction is the best course of action. Brean approaches Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) to help him fabricate a war in Albania — and once underway, the duo has the media entirely focused on the war.