History Film / WagTheDog

29th Sep '17 3:49:25 AM fgenzo159
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Conrad decides to create a fictional war with UsefulNotes/Albania. He recruits Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Creator/DustinHoffman) to create the illusion of the ongoing war. Actors play war orphans, an army convict is cast as a war hero, etc. All broadcast by American networks as real news. They take advantage of the relative obscurity of Albania among the public to make up details as they go.

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Conrad decides to create a fictional war with UsefulNotes/Albania.UsefulNotes/{{Albania}}. He recruits Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Creator/DustinHoffman) to create the illusion of the ongoing war. Actors play war orphans, an army convict is cast as a war hero, etc. All broadcast by American networks as real news. They take advantage of the relative obscurity of Albania among the public to make up details as they go.
29th Sep '17 3:49:07 AM fgenzo159
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Conrad decides to create a fictional war with Albania. He recruits Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Creator/DustinHoffman) to create the illusion of the ongoing war. Actors play war orphans, an army convict is cast as a war hero, etc. All broadcast by American networks as real news. They take advantage of the relative obscurity of Albania among the public to make up details as they go.

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Conrad decides to create a fictional war with Albania.UsefulNotes/Albania. He recruits Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Creator/DustinHoffman) to create the illusion of the ongoing war. Actors play war orphans, an army convict is cast as a war hero, etc. All broadcast by American networks as real news. They take advantage of the relative obscurity of Albania among the public to make up details as they go.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Dustin Hoffman based Motss look and mannerisms on real-world producer RobertEvans. Evans is said to have joked on occasion that he was ''really'' good in that film.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Dustin Hoffman based Motss look and mannerisms on real-world producer RobertEvans.Creator/RobertEvans. Evans is said to have joked on occasion that he was ''really'' good in that film.



* ShoutOut: "When the fit hits the shan" was, famously, the line that inspired Creator/RogerZelazny to write Literature/''LordOfLight''. Since a proposed film version was part of the [=CIA=] operation to rescue hostages from the Iranian embassy siege in 1979, it may be a subtle hint as to this film's real life inspiration.

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* ShoutOut: "When the fit hits the shan" was, famously, the line that inspired Creator/RogerZelazny to write Literature/''LordOfLight''.''Literature/LordOfLight''. Since a proposed film version was part of the [=CIA=] operation to rescue hostages from the Iranian embassy siege in 1979, it may be a subtle hint as to this film's real life inspiration.
10th Aug '17 4:02:29 AM WarriorsGate
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* ShoutOut: "When the fit hits the shan" was, famously, the line that inspired Creator/RogerZelazny to write Literature/''LordOfLight''. Since a proposed film version was part of the [=CIA=] operation to rescue hostages from the Iranian embassy siege in 1979, it may be a subtle hint as to this film's real life inspiration.
25th Feb '17 6:30:27 PM danixdefcon5
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*** The farmer that rescues them after the plane crash actually turns out to be an illegal immigrant. The next scene shows him being fast-tracked into US Citizenship.
22nd Jan '17 5:29:35 PM Mdumas43073
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''Wag the Dog'' is a 1997 political {{black comedy}} film, cowritten by Creator/DavidMamet and directed by Barry Levinson.

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''Wag the Dog'' is a 1997 political {{black comedy}} film, cowritten co-written by Creator/DavidMamet and directed by Barry Levinson.
22nd Jan '17 5:29:03 PM Mdumas43073
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''Wag the Dog'' is a 1997 political film, cowritten by Creator/DavidMamet and directed by Barry Levinson.

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''Wag the Dog'' is a 1997 political {{black comedy}} film, cowritten by Creator/DavidMamet and directed by Barry Levinson.
22nd Jan '17 5:28:20 PM Mdumas43073
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''Wag the Dog'' is a 1997 political film, directed by Barry Levinson. The President of the United States is caught making sexual advances to an underage "[[ScoutOut Firefly Girl]]" (the fictional equivalent of a Girl Scout). His timing could not be worse, as there is a presidential election coming up. Presidential aide Winifred Ames (Creator/AnneHeche) and professional spin doctor Conrad Brean (Creator/RobertDeNiro) are tasked with taking the public attention away from the scandal.

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''Wag the Dog'' is a 1997 political film, cowritten by Creator/DavidMamet and directed by Barry Levinson. Levinson.

The President of the United States (Michael Belson) is caught making sexual advances to an underage "[[ScoutOut Firefly Girl]]" (the fictional equivalent of a Girl Scout). His timing could not be worse, as there is a presidential election coming up. Presidential aide Winifred Ames (Creator/AnneHeche) and professional spin doctor Conrad Brean (Creator/RobertDeNiro) are tasked with taking the public attention away from the scandal.


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10th Dec '16 4:53:01 AM eroock
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The original novel, ''American Hero'', involved UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush starting the actual UsefulNotes/GulfWar, scripted by Hollywood screenwriters with Saddam Hussein agreeing to it in exchange for secret payments and the boost to his reputation for fighting America.
10th Dec '16 4:51:10 AM eroock
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->''"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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->''"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."''
10th Dec '16 4:50:50 AM eroock
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