MUST- SEE Saturday WAG THE DOG
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.
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