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Wag the dog

Author: Barry LevinsonMichael De LucaClaire Rudnick PolsteinEzra SwerdlowJane RosenthalAll authors
Publisher: United States : New Line Cinema presents, United States : New Line Home Video, ©1997 ; ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Film : Film   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A political fixer hires a Hollywood producer to stage a fake war in Albania to distract the public from an impending sex scandal involving the President of the United States.
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Genre/Form: Features
Drama
Interviews
Named Person: George Bush; James Addison Baker; Lee Atwater; Barry Levinson; John Frankenheimer; Tom Brokaw
Material Type: Film
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Levinson; Michael De Luca; Claire Rudnick Polstein; Ezra Swerdlow; Jane Rosenthal; Hilary Henkin; David Mamet; Robert De Niro; Anne Heche; Denis Leary; Willie Nelson; Andrea Martin; William H Macy; Dustin Hoffman; Merle Haggard; James Belushi; Jay Leno; Mark Knopfler; Rita Ryack; Stu Linder; Wynn P Thomas; Robert Richardson, A.S.C.; Peter Montagna; Hazel Catmull; Dennis King; Tim Holland; Chuck Ainlay; Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz; Larry Beinhart; Mark Rance; Susan Ricketts; Tribeca Productions.; Baltimore Pictures (Firm); Punch Productions.; New Line Cinema.; New Line Productions, Inc.; New Line Home Video (Firm)
ISBN: 0780623959 9780780623958
OCLC Number: 83790623
Notes: Feature.
"Based on the book, American hero, by Larry Beinhart."
Bracketed cast credits supplied from: Internet movie database, October 30, 2000.
"Filmed with Panavision cameras & lenses. Dolby Digital in selected theatres. SDDS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, in selected theatres. Digital DTS sound in sleected theatres."
Playing time on release was 97 min., according to: Internet movie database, October 30, 2000.
"No. [35158? 35190?], Motion Picture Association of America."
Copyright notice on film: c1997, New Line Productions, Inc.
Credits: Casting by Ellen Chenoweth and Debra Zane. Music by Mark Knopfler. Costumes by Rita Ryack. Editor, Stu Linder. Production designed by Wynn Thomas. Director of photography, Robert Richardson. Unit production manager, Eric McLeod; first assistant director, Amy Sayres; ... key makeup artist, Peter Montagna; key hair stylist, Hazel Catmull; ... special effects coordinator, Dennis King; ... supervising sound editor, Tim Holland; ... music produced by Chuck Ainlay & Mark Knopfler; music editor, Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz; ... Thank heaven for little girls, written by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe, performed by Maurice Chevalier; I guard the Canadian border, written by Tom Bähler and Willie Nelson, performed by Willie Nelson; The American dream, written by Tom Bähler, performed by Tom Bähler and friends; Good old shoe, written by Edgar Winter, performed by Willie Nelson & Pops Staples; Classical allegro, written by Mark Ferrari & Nancy Hieronymous; Courage, Mom, written by Merle Haggard, performed by Merle Haggard and the Strangers; Barracuda, written by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher, Michael DeRosier; I like the nightlife, written by Alicia Bridges & Susan Hutcheson; God bless the men of the 30s, written by Huey Lewis, produced and performed by Scott Mathews, Johnny Colla and Huey Lewis; Wag the dog, written and performed by Mark Knopfler; news & presidential campaign music, written, arranged, produced and
performed by Evan Kopelson and Walter Werzowa.
Cast: Robert DeNiro (Conrad ['Connie'] Brean). Anne Heche (Winifred Ames). Denis Leary (Fad King). Willie Nelson (Johnny Dean). Andrea Martin (Liz Butsky). Kirsten Dunst (Tracy Lime). William H. Macy (Mr. [Chuck] Young). John Michael Higgins (John Levy), Suzie Plakson (Grace). Dustin Hoffman (Stanley Motss); Woody Harrelson (Sergeant William ['Willie'] Schumann); Michael Belson (President); Suzanne Cryer (Amy Cain); Jason Cottle (A.D.); David Koechner (director); Harland Williams (pet wrangler); Sean Masterson (Bob Richardson); Bernard Hocke (technician); Jenna Byrne (Sharon); Maurkice Woods (kid with shoes); [Roebuck] Pops Staples (as himself); Phil Morris (co-pilot); Chris Ellis (officer); Edwin T. Morgan (owner); J. Patrick McCormack (pilot); Jennifer Manley (teenage girl); Edrie Warner (judge); Richard Lawson (young man/CIA); Drena DeNiro (gate stewardess); Alberto Vasquez (combine driver); Stephanie Kemp (aide #1); Jack Estormes (aide #2); John Cho (aide #3); Michael Reid Davis (aide #4); Brant Cotton (Sharon's boyfriend); Kenneth Kern (Nashville engineer); Michelle Levinson (Faye); Ron McCoy (limo driver); Derrick Morgan (CIA agent); Garry R. Roleder (USAF chaplain); Merle Haggard (as himself); Jim Belushi (as himself); George Gaynes (Senator [Nole?]); Rick Scarry (White House reporter); Cliff B. Howard (ranger); Furley Lumpkin (raking dad #1); Sean Fenton (raking dad #2); Nikki Crawford (mom); John Franklin (jockey #1);
Kevin Furlong (jockey #2); Lu Elrod (southern woman); Michael Villani (male commentator); Shirley Prestia (crossfire moderator); Warren Wilson (crossfire interviewer); Terry Anzur (factory reporter); Melissa Gardner (Santa Fe reporter); Giselle Fernandez (female press person); Christine Devine (Chicago newscaster); Richard Saxton (Chicago newscaster #2); Geffrey Blake (media guy #1); Jerry Levine (media guy #2); Jack Shearer ([Salansky?]); Emmett Miller (newsbreak reporter); Bill Handel (Andrews AFB reporter); Arlene Afshangol (Albanian girl); Hope Garber (Albanian grandmother); Gina Menza (press room reporter); Maggie Mellin (Mrs. Rose); Tom Murray (aircraft carrier reporter); Ralph Tabakin (southern man); Marguerite Moreau (teenage girl in audience); Jay Leno (as himself).
Event notes: "Filmed on location in Los Angeles, CA, Bakersfield, CA, and Washington, D.C."
Other Titles: Wag the dog.
From Washington to Hollywood--and back.
Responsibility: a Tribeca-Baltimore Pictures-Punch production ; a Barry Levinson film ; executive produced by Michael DeLuca, Claire Rudnick Polstein, Ezra Swerdlow ; produced by Jane Rosenthal, Robert DeNiro, Barry Levinson ; screenplay by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet ; directed by Barry Levinson ; co-producer, Eric McLeod.

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A political fixer hires a Hollywood producer to stage a fake war in Albania to distract the public from an impending sex scandal involving the President of the United States.

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