Just before an election, the US President is accused of molesting a teenage girl in the Oval Office.
Keen to divert interest away from the scandal, he orders his spin doctors to come up with something quickly. In consultation with a Hollywood producer, they invent a war against Albania.
The movie received a new lease on life in 1998 thanks to the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the concurrent situation in Iraq, and everyone wondered if President Clinton might bomb Iraq in order to achieve a similar purpose?
Robert De Niro is creepily effective as Conrad Brean, the tweedy, faceless spin doctor hired by White House aide Winifred Ames (Anne Heche), but best of all is Dustin Hoffman, who gives a hilarious performance as Stanley Motss, the tanned flamboyant Hollywood producer hired to film a phoney war.
Shot by Barry Levinson in a mere 29 days, this satire on the media and politics is a joy from start to finish.
Robert De Niro
William H Macy
Craig T Nelson
Sergeant William Schumann