The President of the U.S. is up for re-election and finds himself accused of a scandal with a young girl visiting the white house. A political spin doctor Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro), is hired to defuse and manipulate the situation. Conrad calls upon a Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) to make the production of his life, putting the scandal on the back burner. Stanley assembles a cast of players consisting of Liz Butsky (Andrea Martin), Fad King (Denis Leary), and Johnny Green (Willie Nelson). They need a scape goat to complete their story and find an imprisoned man Sgt. William Schumann (Woody Harrelson) who is to become America's next hero.
1998 - Wag the Dog - Berlin International Film Festival - Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize
1997 - Wag the Dog - National Board of Review - Best Supporting Actress
New Line Cinema
Director: Barry Levinson
Writers: David Mamet, Hilary Henkin
Producers: Barry Levinson, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro