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The War Room

Ratings: 5.57/10 from 7 users.

The War RoomA look inside the 1992 presidential race, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hedgus' documentary The War Room explores the backstage side of national politics by examining the day-to-day operations of Bill Clinton's campaign staff. The behind-the-scenes leader of the group is James Carville, the demonstrative, charismatic campaign manager who relies on a plain-speaking manner and emotional appeals to motivate his subordinates.

He is complemented by the quieter, smoother personality and photogenic looks of young press spokesman George Stephanopoulous. The filmmakers follow these two contrasting personalities from the January New Hampshire primary to Clinton's eventual victory, as they attempt to cling to an overall strategic plan while dealing with unforeseen problems and negative press, as their candidate is saddled with accusations of adultery and draft-dodging.

Subplots include the rivalries between Democratic campaign staffs -- which can become amusingly petty, as when they accuse each other of tearing down campaign posters -- and the romantic relationship between Carville and Mary Matalin, chief strategist for George Bush's campaign. Co-director D.A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop, Don't Look Back, Primary) is renowned as an innovator in the use of cinema-verite, used here to show both the mundane complications and the emotional highlights of the modern political process.

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4 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Danvil

    Sick Willy just got busted on 15-20 trips to a private island owned by Richard Epstein, a convicted pedophile. He had numerous under 18 yr old sex slaves that Willy porked with Alan Dershowitz the ultra-lib lawyer. I"m sure his chief enabler, Killary Klinton will say it's all a vast right wing sex slave conspiracy.

  2. Documentales

    This was the most amazing documentary I've seen.

  3. john

    mildly entertaining. not much footage of clinton, but a lot of carville and steph.

    1. all day

      you can notice that because they're isn't much footage of bill clinton one can see the patterns in which the relationship of george end james become a vital part of the campaign. its makes for a more informative and entertaining film. if this film was just clinton footage i think we would have have only seen less then half of the brains work this film has.