WAG THE DOG

NINE, Satur­day, 10.45pm, M ( 1997)

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - MOVIES -

A cheer­ful swipe at US pol­i­tics 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 an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a girl scout. With White House aide Anne Heche ( pic­tured with De Niro), the two en­list Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer Dustin Hoff­man to help cre­ate a me­dia frenzy to de­tract from the scan­dal – what about a fake war? The script, by David Mamet and Hi­lary Henkin, af­fords a wealth of lu­cid char­ac­ters: most vivid is Woody Har­rel­son as a psy­chopath mis­tak­enly let out of a mil­i­tary prison.

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