Wag the Dog script
Wag the Dog (1997)
Synopsis: Two weeks prior to reelection, the United States president lands in the middle of a sex scandal. In need of outside help to quell the situation, presidential adviser Winifred Ames (Anne Heche) enlists the expertise of spin doctor Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro), who decides a distraction is the best course of action. Brean approaches Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) to help him fabricate a war in Albania -- and once underway, the duo has the media entirely focused on the war.

AMES:

When it broke, he said one word: get me Ronnie Brean.

BREAN:

(NODS)

Well. Alright. What is it? What's, he, uh...? He

had an Illegal Immigrant, was his Gardener, some years

back...?

(SMILES)

What's the thing? You people get ahead, you sure get

nervous.

AN AIDE ENTERS, WITH SEVERAL TYPED SHEETS, WHICH SHE HANDS TO CAIN. CAIN

READS TO HERSELF, PASSES THEM TO AMES.

BREAN:

(CON'T)

...he made a pass at some Secretary, back in...

AMES TAKES THE SHEETS, AND READS. GESTURES TO BREAN, "ONE MOMENT, PLEASE."

ANGLE INS. THE SHEET, WHICH AMES HOLDS.

IT READS:

AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES I REGRET THAT

PERSONAL INCAPACITY HAS RENDERED ME MOMENTARILY UNABLE

TO CONFRONT AND CORRECT....

ANGLE:

BREAN LOOKING ON, AS AMES READS, AND SHAKES HIS HEAD SADLY. BREAN TAKES THE

SHEETS.

ANGLE INS.

READING OVER BREAN'S SHOULDERS:

1.) Statutory Rape.

2.) The President's long-documented mental problems

3.) Brought about by reaction to Drugs to control

flu...?

ANGLE AMES READING OVER BREAN'S SHOULDER.

AMES:

...did he have the flu...?

CAIN:

It can be documented that he displayed the...

BREAN LAYS DOWN THE SHEET SOMBERLY, EVERYONE LOOKS AT HIM.

BREAN:

This ain't the illegal immigrant Nanny.

CAIN:

There was a group of Girlscouts here from Indiana last

month. One of them expressed an interest in a

Frederick Remington bust. The president took her into

the oval Office, for a period...

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Hilary Henkin

Hilary Henkin is an American screenwriter and producer, nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her work on the screenplay of Wag the Dog in 1997. more…

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