Thursday, November 21, 2013

The War Room (1993)

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker

Writer: None

Composer: None

Starring: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel, Paul Begala, Bob Boorstin, Michael Donnilon, Jeff Eller, Stanley Greenberg, Bill Clinton

More info: IMDb

Tagline: They Changed The Way Campaigns Are Won.

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

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? No.

If you're looking for a detailed "how did they pull off electing Bill Clinton into the presidency" documentary then this isn't it.  Sort of.  It's more of a fly on the wall focusing on Carville and Stephanopoulos, getting to see these two guys at work.  These two, plus Clinton, were the men the press and the world saw most during their campaign.  Carville is amazing to watch.  He's a damn fine spin doctor and it's fun seeing him at work.  Yeah, some of what he says is horseshit but a lot of it is in the selling, not the product.  It's a fun film and while you do get a sense of how they did it, it's got me wanting to see a dry, detailed film about the strategies and obstacles they had to overcome to get what they wanted.  Like the analysis of a war after it's been fought.

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