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Wag the Dog

Wag the Dog

A comedy about truth, justice and other special effects.

Wag the Dog (1997)


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.

Director: Barry Levinson
Writers: Hilary Henkin, David Mamet.

Release Date: 1997-12-25
Status: Released
Run time: 97 min / 1:37
Budget: $15,000,000
Revenue: $64,256,513
Production Companies : New Line Cinema, Tribeca Productions, Baltimore Pictures
Production Country: United States of America



Dustin Hoffman
as Stanley Motss
Robert De Niro
as Conrad Brean
Anne Heche
as Winifred Ames
Woody Harrelson
as Sergeant William Schumann
James Belushi
as Jim Belushi
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
John Michael Higgins
as John Levy
Suzie Plakson
as Grace
Michael Belson
as President
Suzanne Cryer
as Amy Cain
Jason Cottle
as A.D.
Jenna Byrne
as Sharon
Craig T. Nelson
as Senator John Neal


Directing Barry Levinson Director
Writing Larry Beinhart Author
Writing Hilary Henkin Screenplay
Writing David Mamet Screenplay
Production Robert De Niro Producer
Production Barry Levinson Producer
Production Jane Rosenthal Producer
Sound Mark Knopfler Original Music Composer
Camera Robert Richardson Director of Photography
Editing Stu Linder Editor
Production Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Production Debra Zane Casting
Art Mark Worthington Art Direction
Art Robert Greenfield Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Rita Ryack Costume Design
Sound Tim Holland Supervising Sound Editor
Art Wynn Thomas Production Design
Art Steve Joyal Art Department Coordinator
Costume & Make-Up Marjorie McCown Assistant Costume Designer
Costume & Make-Up Maggie Morgan Assistant Costume Designer
Costume & Make-Up Ellen Ryba Assistant Costume Designer
Sound Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz Music Editor
Directing Julie Pitkanen Script Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Melissa A. Yonkey Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Michael White Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Ilona Herman Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Hazel Catmull Key Hair Stylist
Costume & Make-Up Daniel C. Striepeke Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Peter Montagna Makeup Artist

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