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NINE, 11.30pm, M ( 1997)

A cheer­fully in­cen­di­ary swipe at US pol­i­tics ( Pri­mary Col­ors fans will find this a hoot) star­ring Robert De Niro as a spin doc­tor who steps up to the plate when the Pres­i­dent – soon up for re- elec­tion – is caught nap­ping af­ter rev­e­la­tions of a be­low- the- belt in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a girl scout. With White House aide Anne Heche at his side, the two en­list Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer Dustin Hoff­man to help cre­ate a me­dia frenzy to de­tract from the sex scan­dal – what about a fake war against Al­ba­nia? The script, by David Mamet and Hi­lary Henkin, is a humdinger that af­fords a wealth of lu­cid char­ac­ters: most vivid is Woody Har­rel­son as a psy­chopath mis­tak­enly let out of a mil­i­tary prison to play a war hero af­fec­tion­ately nick­named “Ol’ Shoe”. Bit­ingly funny.

Anne Heche and Robert De Niro ar­gue their case in

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