Wag the Dog

Wag the Dog (1997)

A comedy about truth, justice and other special effects.

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date: 1997-12-25
  • User Rating: 6.9/10 from 830 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 37min
  • Language: shqip
  • Production Company: New Line Cinema
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Barry Levinson
star 7/10
From 830 Ratings


During the final weeks of a presidential race, the President is accused of sexual misconduct. To distract the public until the election, the President's adviser hires a Hollywood producer to help him stage a fake war.

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  • Dustin Hoffman

    as Stanley Motss
  • Robert De Niro

    as Conrad Brean
  • Anne Heche

    as Winifred Ames
  • Woody Harrelson

    as Sergeant William Schumann
  • Denis Leary

    as Fad King
  • Willie Nelson

    as Johnny Dean
  • Andrea Martin

    as Liz Butsky
  • Kirsten Dunst

    as Tracy Lime
  • William H. Macy

    as CIA Agent Charles Young
  • David Koechner

    as Director
  • Michael Belson

    as President
  • Suzanne Cryer

    as Amy Cain
  • John Michael Higgins

    as John Levy
  • Suzie Plakson

    as Grace
  • Jason Cottle

    as A.D.
  • Harland Williams

    as Pet Wrangler
  • Sean Masterson

    as Bob Richardson
  • Bernard Hocke

    as Technician
  • Jenna Byrne

    as Sharon
  • Maurice Woods

    as Kid with Shoes
  • Roebuck 'Pops' Staples

    as Pops Staples
  • Phil Morris

    as Co-Pilot
  • Chris Ellis

    as Officer
  • Ed Morgan

    as Store Owner
  • J. Patrick McCormack

    as Pilot
  • Jennifer Manley

    as Teenage Girl
  • Edrie Warner

    as Judge
  • Richard Lawson

    as Young Man / CIA
  • Drena De Niro

    as Gate Stewardess
  • Alberto Vazquez

    as Combine Driver
  • Stephanie Kemp

    as Aide #1
  • Jack Esformes

    as Aide #2
  • John Cho

    as Aide #3
  • Michael Reid Davis

    as Aide #4
  • Brant Cotton

    as Sharon's Boyfriend
  • Kenneth Kern

    as Nashville Engineer
  • Michelle Levinson

    as Faye
  • Ron McCoy

    as Limo Driver
  • Derek Morgan

    as CIA Agent
  • Garry R. Roleder

    as USAF Chaplain
  • Merle Haggard

    as Merle Haggard
  • Jim Belushi

    as Jim Belushi
  • George Gaynes

    as Senator Nole
  • Rick Scarry

    as White House Reporter
  • Cliff B. Howard

    as Ranger
  • Furley Lumpkin

    as Raking Dad #1
  • Sean Fenton

    as Raking Dad #2
  • Nikki Crawford

    as Mom
  • John Franklin

    as Jockey #1
  • Kevin Furlong

    as Jockey #2
  • Lu Elrod

    as Southern Woman
  • Michael Villani

    as Male Commentator
  • Shirley Prestia

    as Crossfire Moderator
  • Warren Wilson

    as Crossfire Interviewer
  • Terry Anzur

    as Factory Reporter
  • Melissa Gardner

    as Santa Fe Reporter
  • Giselle Fernández

    as Female Press Person
  • Christine Devine

    as Chicago Newscaster
  • Richard Saxton

    as Chicago Newscaster #2
  • Geoffrey Blake

    as Media Guy #1
  • Jerry Levine

    as Media Guy #2
  • Jack Shearer

    as Sklansky
  • Emmett Miller

    as News Break Reporter
  • Bill Handel

    as Andrews AFB Reporter
  • Anais Afshan

    as Albanian Girl
  • Hope Garber

    as Albanian Grandmother
  • Gina Menza

    as Press Room Reporter
  • Maggie Mellin

    as Mrs. Rose
  • Tom Murray

    as Aircraft Carrier Reporter
  • Ralph Tabakin

    as Southern Man
  • Marguerite Moreau

    as Teenage Girl in Audience
  • Jay Leno

    as Jay Leno
  • Nicole Avant

    as American Dream Singer
  • Wendy Lou Halvorsen

    as American Dream Singer
  • Tom Bähler

    as American Dream Singer
  • Anthony Holiday

    as American Dream Singer
  • Allen Carter

    as American Dream Singer
  • Brad Kalas

    as American Dream Singer
  • Carmen Carter

    as American Dream Singer
  • Billy Trudel

    as American Dream Singer
  • Lance Eaton

    as American Dream Singer
  • Mark Vieha

    as American Dream Singer
  • Karen Geraghty

    as American Dream Singer
  • Julia Waters

    as American Dream Singer
  • James Gilstrap

    as American Dream Singer
  • Oren Waters

    as American Dream Singer
  • Jennifer Gross

    as American Dream Singer
  • Maxine Waters Willard

    as American Dream Singer
  • Craig T. Nelson

    as Senator John Neal (uncredited)
  • Barry Levinson

    as Man at a Movie Studio (uncredited)
  • Robert Richardson

    as Man in a TV Studio (uncredited)
  • Laura Bennecke

    as White House Secretary (uncredited)
  • Greg Bronson

    as Chauffer (uncredited)
  • Phillip V. Caruso

    as War Commercial Photographer (uncredited)
  • Sean Ireland

    as Military Officer (uncredited)
  • Glendon Rich

    as Grieving Politician (uncredited)
  • Guy Richardson

    as Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
  • Robert Sedona

    as Politician (uncredited)
  • Randy Springer

    as Airline Passenger (uncredited)
  • Chelsea Talbott

    as Crying Girl at Funeral Parade (uncredited)
  • Paul Webster

    as Limo Driver (uncredited)
Production Debra Zane Casting
Camera Robert Richardson Director of Photography
Production Eric McLeod Unit Production Manager
Production Eric McLeod Co-Producer
Production Robert De Niro Producer
Production Terri Taylor Casting Assistant
Art Wynn Thomas Production Design
Writing David Mamet Screenplay
Production Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Production Jane Rosenthal Producer
Sound Tom Johnson Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Production Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Directing Barry Levinson Director
Production Barry Levinson Producer
Editing Stu Linder Editor
Costume & Make-Up Rita Ryack Costume Design
Sound Doc Kane ADR Mixer
Sound Michael Silvers Supervising Dialogue Editor
Sound Dennie Thorpe Foley Artist
Sound Jana Vance Foley Artist
Sound Tony Eckert Foley Mixer
Writing Larry Beinhart Book
Writing Hilary Henkin Screenplay
Sound Mark Knopfler Original Music Composer
Sound Mark Knopfler Musician
Sound Mark Knopfler Music Producer
Art Mark Worthington Art Direction
Art Robert Greenfield Set Decoration
Sound Tim Holland Supervising Sound Editor
Directing Amy Sayres First Assistant Director
Sound Tami Treadwell ADR Recordist
Production Joe Fineman Executive In Charge Of Post Production
Costume & Make-Up Daniel C. Striepeke Makeup Artist
Crew Harland Williams Animal Wrangler
Costume & Make-Up Ilona Herman Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Ilona Herman Hairstylist
Camera Phillip V. Caruso Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up Maggie Morgan Assistant Costume Designer
Costume & Make-Up Marjorie McCown Assistant Costume Designer
Costume & Make-Up Ellen Ryba Assistant Costume Designer
Production Ezra Swerdlow Executive Producer
Production Carla Fry Executive In Charge Of Production
Production Erik Holmberg Production Executive
Production Jay Vinitsky Post Production Coordinator
Production Bonnie Weis Production Supervisor
Sound David Lucarelli ADR Recordist
Sound Charleen Richards ADR Mixer
Costume & Make-Up Kathrine Gordon Hairstylist
Crew Blair Daily Post Production Supervisor
Editing Blair Daily Additional Editor
Art Mary Locatell Production Illustrator
Editing John F. Lyons Assistant Editor
Production Claire Rudnick Polstein Executive Producer
Directing Amy Schmidt Second Second Assistant Director
Art Christopher Tandon Assistant Art Director
Sound Ben Gold Assistant Sound Editor
Crew Ric Keeley Post-Production Manager
Sound Dana Sano Music Producer
Sound Guy Fletcher Musician
Production Leigh French ADR Voice Casting
Production Kimberly Lynn Location Assistant
Sound Mary Works Assistant Sound Editor
Sound John Roesch Foley Artist
Camera Laela Kilbourn Additional Second Assistant Camera
Directing Christopher Swartout Second Assistant Director
Camera Phil Gries Other
Art Shana Sigmond Assistant Set Decoration
Sound Kent Sparling Sound Mix Technician
Art James R. Shumaker Set Dresser
Sound Lora Hirschberg Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Costume & Make-Up Nancy McArdle Costume Supervisor
Sound Sean England Foley Recordist
Costume & Make-Up Hazel Catmull Key Hair Stylist
Directing Julie Pitkanen Script Supervisor
Lighting Alexandre Naufel Lighting Technician
Art Jeff Markwith Set Designer
Camera David Norris Camera Operator
Visual Effects Krystyna Demkowicz Visual Effects Producer
Crew Gabriela Gutentag Unit Publicist
Sound Greg Steele ADR Mixer
Lighting Reinhart Peschke Chief Lighting Technician
Camera Martin Schaer Camera Operator
Sound J.R. Grubbs Sound Effects Editor
Sound Marilyn McCoppen ADR Editor
Costume & Make-Up Elaine L. Offers Makeup Artist
Sound Al Nelson Sound Recordist
Lighting Roger Meilink Rigging Gaffer
Costume & Make-Up Michael White Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Hugo Peña Key Costumer
Sound Claire Sanfilippo Dialogue Editor
Costume & Make-Up Melissa Yonkey Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Kelly Porter Costumer
Sound Lindakay Brown Dialogue Editor
Camera Ken Arlidge Second Unit Director of Photography
Directing Ken Arlidge Second Unit Director
Costume & Make-Up Mark Landon Makeup Artist
Art Duke Tomasick Construction Coordinator
Camera John T. Connor First Assistant "B" Camera
Crew Edward T. Reiff Jr. Special Effects Assistant
Lighting Jay Holben Best Boy Electric
Sound Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz Music Editor
Costume & Make-Up Peter Montagna Key Makeup Artist
Editing Mark W. Smith Assistant Editor
Sound Paul Broucek Music Producer
Costume & Make-Up Carl Catanese On Set Dresser
Art Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt Standby Painter
Art Steve Joyal Art Department Coordinator
Costume & Make-Up Stephen J. Readmond On Set Dresser
Art Peter Bankins Property Master
Camera Gregor Tavenner First Assistant "A" Camera
Sound Steve Cantamessa Sound Mixer
Sound Mary Helen Leasman Foley Editor
Editing Jason Joseph Editorial Production Assistant
Sound Joel Sill Music Consultant
Sound Mark Weingarten Sound Mixer
Sound Mark Burton Production Sound Mixer
Crew Jerry F. Johnson Transportation Captain
Crew Scott La Rue Cableman
Editing Gilbert Carreras Color Timer
Lighting David Gamerman Assistant Chief Lighting Technician
Crew Dan Moore Video Assist Operator
Art Tim Donelan Leadman
Sound Frank 'Pepe' Merel Foley Recordist
Crew Paul Prokop Production Controller
Crew Ronald W. Mathews Special Effects
Production Lee J. Bognar Location Assistant
Crew Steve Boyd Transportation Coordinator
Sound Lawrence L. Commans Boom Operator
Camera Jeanne Vienne Second Assistant "A" Camera
Sound Susan Popovic Assistant Sound Editor
Editing Mark Daily First Assistant Editor
Sound Gary Thomas Boom Operator
Camera Jamie Franta Grip
Camera Joseph Dianda Key Grip
Camera Scott Patten Best Boy Grip
Crew Burton L. Warner Driver
Art Scott W. Leslie Set Dresser
Camera Rick Colosimo Grip
Lighting Renan Galindo Lighting Technician
Camera Michael Brennan Dolly Grip
Crew Terry Ham Set Production Assistant
Lighting Jim Leidholdt Rigging Grip
Sound David Abrahamsen Sound
Art John French Paint Coordinator
Lighting Chris Leidholdt Key Rigging Grip
Editing Mike Sowa Digital Color Timer
Editing Bob Shugrue Jr. Assistant Editor
Sound Jim Cox Musician
Sound Glenn Worf Musician
Sound Chad Cromwell Musician
Production Holly Hagy Production Coordinator
Production Tim Hillman Location Manager
Camera Daryl Studebaker Additional Director of Photography
Camera Shawn Ensign Grip
Crew Mark Polischeck Video Assist Operator
Production Brennan Dufresne Casting Assistant
Sound Diane Linn ADR Recordist
Camera Robert J. Studenny Grip
Crew Ray L. Wilkerson Special Effects Assistant
Crew Greg Dennison Special Effects Assistant
Editing Thomas M. Harrigan Other
Production Rhonda Baer Location Manager
Production David Anthony Extras Casting
Production Kait Pickering Assistant Production Coordinator
Art Alberto Christiano Lombardo Assistant Property Master
Production Geoff Harding Location Assistant
Costume & Make-Up Marcie Olivi Set Costumer
Sound Mike Boudry ADR Recordist
Production Mauni P. Caves Location Assistant
Sound Bob Bowen Music Coordinator
Camera Kelly Uchimura Camera Loader
Camera Scot A. Nederman-Paul Camera Loader
Art Mark W. Pallatt Set Dresser
Production Emily Glatter Production Coordinator
Art Byron K. Lovelace Props
Camera Nick Arnds Grip
Lighting Roger Awad Lighting Technician
Lighting Kevin A. Barnes Electrician
Sound Steve Romanko Other
Production Kimberly Rodgers Extras Casting
Visual Effects Mike Sabga VFX Artist
Production Georgette Hayden Production Coordinator
Crew Romano Paoletti Set Production Assistant
Camera Ilya Lyudmirsky First Assistant Camera
Production Laurie Kaye Production Manager
Crew Jose M. Arreguin Propmaker
Art Kirk Essiambre Assistant Set Propsman
Art Joe Louis Garcia Construction Grip
Art Ildefonso Goris Greensman
Art Diane Kramer Art Department Assistant
Art Jim McDermott Set Dresser
Crew Robert McKelvey Propmaker
Art John Slatsky Set Dresser
Art Doug Wuitschick Paint Coordinator
Art Brent Smith Set Dresser
Crew Jim Hanson Special Effects Manager
Crew Dennis King Special Effects Coordinator
Crew Dale Riggs Special Effects Assistant
Camera Stephen B. Abrams Dolly Grip
Lighting Halo Amrani Lighting Technician
Camera Barry Clint Grip
Camera Amy DeMarte Second Assistant "B" Camera
Camera William Leslie Dolly Grip
Lighting Fredrick W. Marx III Lighting Technician
Camera Sean Mennie Camera Production Assistant
Camera David Terry Dolly Grip
Camera Todd Higgins Key Grip
Lighting Peter Shultz Electrician
Lighting Russell Steen Gaffer
Costume & Make-Up Jose Morales Tailor
Costume & Make-Up Romeo Pompa Set Costumer
Production Barron Miller Location Assistant
Production Kate Beall Assistant Location Manager
Sound Chuck Ainlay Music Producer
Sound Richard Bennett Musician
Sound Roger Blanc Music Arranger
Crew Greg Bronner Driver