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The War Room (1993)

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A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Carville ... Himself
George Stephanopoulos ... Himself
Heather Beckel ... Herself
Paul Begala ... Himself
Bob Boorstin ... Himself
Mike Donilon Mike Donilon ... Himself (as Michael Donnilon)
Jeff Eller ... Himself
Stanley Greenberg ... Himself (as Stan Greenberg)
Mandy Grunwald ... Herself
Harold Ickes ... Himself
Mickey Kantor ... Himself
Mary Matalin ... Herself
Mitchell Schwartz ... Himself
Dave Anderson Dave Anderson ... Himself
Collier Andress Collier Andress ... Himself
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A behind-the-scenes documentary about the Clinton for President campaign, focusing on the adventures of spin doctors James Carville and George Stephanopoulos. Bill Clinton himself is almost never seen. Written by Tim Horrigan <horrigan@hanover-crrel.army.mil>

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They Changed The Way Campaigns Are Won.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language
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Details

Official Sites:

The Criterion Collection

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Kommandozentrale See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,264, 7 November 1993

Gross USA:

$901,668

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$901,668
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

From 1:08:19 to 1:08:29, you can see a man in a gray suit pickpocket a camera operator on the right side of the screen. See more »

Quotes

James Carville: Every time that somebody comes along, that's got some ideas, a Democrat comes along, a Republican come up here and they ambush him. Remember Muskie? Okay? That is standard procedure. And here comes Clinton, he comes to New Hampshire, people are hurting, they want hope, they want somebody with vision, he gives it to 'em. So what do Republicans do? They get together with, "Well just, just knock it off." If they succeed THIS time, it's gonna be EVERY time. You are never gonna get a presidential ...
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References Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) See more »

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Impressive
7 January 2005 | by jasondavisSee all my reviews

I have to admit, I came into watching this film with somewhat low expectations, as the last political documentary I watched was "The Hunting of the President" which I found to be ultimately a weak film, with little to no focus on politics whatsoever. As somewhat of a political junkie, I was impressed by this film's portrayal of what seems to be a rather honest look into the workings of a presidential campaign. However, I think the film misses a few point where it could focus on the actual strategies being made, but it chooses more to focus on the people making the strategies. It gives an interesting look into the "reality" of the campaign, but leaves the overall strategies left mostly unexplained. Still a good film though, enjoyed it a lot. Oh, and by the way, the previous reviewed was right on the mark saying that if you liked this you should read "The Agenda" by Bob Woodward. Same sort of style.


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