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:

Three minutes. It couldn't have been over three

minutes, the Secret Service...

BREAN GESTURES HIM TO BE QUIET.

BREAN:

Okay. And she's alleging...?

CAIN GESTURES BREAN TO KEEP READING THE SHEETS IN FRONT OF HIM. HE DOES SO.

PAUSE. TO HIMSELF.

BREAN:

(CON'T)

Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

AMES:

We are virtually certain it isn't...

BREAN:

Who's got the story?

(PAUSE)

AMES:

Don't you want to know if it's true?

BREAN:

What difference does it make if it's true?

(PAUSE)

It's a story, and, it breaks they're gonna have to run

with it -- How long've we got til it breaks?

(PAUSE)

AMES:

Front page. Washington Post. Tomorrow.

BREAN:

Well, yeah. Now. That's not good. Okay:

(PAUSE)

Okay. We'll set up the War Room Here...

AN AIDE BRINGS HIM A CUP OF COFFEE.

BREAN:

Thank you. Now:
where is he?

LEVY:

China.

BREAN:

When's he coming back...?

LEVY:

Touchdown, Andrews, fourteen hundred, today.

BREAN TAKES A NOTEBOOK OUT OF HIS POCKET, AND LOOKS AT IT.

BREAN:

(AS HE READS FROM HIS NOTEBOOK)

Alright, now, here: he stays on the ground in China

til Tomorrow.

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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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