New Line/Tribeca/Baltimore/Punch (Jane Rosenthal, Robert
DeNiro & Barry Levinson)
W: Hilary Henkin & David Mamet [based
on the novel "American Hero" by Larry Beinhart]
DP: Robert Richardson
Ed: Stu Linder
Mus: Mark Knopfler
Dustin Hoffman (Stanley Motss), Robert DeNiro
(Conrad Brean), Anne Heche (Winifred Ames), Woody Harrelson, Denis Leary, Willie Nelson, Andrea Martin, Kirsten Dunst, William H. Macy
With a presidential election looming, a White House spin
doctor enlists the help of a Hollywood director to fabricate a war and deflect attention away from a sexual scandal involving the president.
This intelligent satire on politics never delves deep
enough to lose its audience but instead captivating them with a scene-stealing performance from Dustin a Hoffman and a genius screenplay from David Mamet and Hilary Henken, which any other
year would have won an Oscar (it lost out to L.A. Confidential).