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The War Room

Genres: Documentary, Special Interest, Politics, American History / Culture, Criterion Collection, 90s

Cast: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Bill Clinton, Heather Beckel, Paul Begala

Director: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker

Synopsis: The 1992 presidential election was a triumph not only for Bill Clinton but also for the new breed of strategists who guided him to the White House and changed the face of politics in the process. For this thrilling, behind-closed-doors account of that campaign, renowned cinema verité filmmakers D. A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop) and Chris Hegedus ( closely followed the brainstorming and bull sessions of Clinton's crack team of consultants—especially the folksy James Carville and the preppy George Stephanopoulos, who became media stars in their own right as they injected a youthful spirit and spontaneity into the process of campaigning. Fleet-footed and entertaining, THE WAR ROOM is a vivid document of a political moment whose truths ("It's the economy, stupid!") still ring in our ears.

Language: English

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Year: 1993


  • "Giddy... [A] live-wire backstage view.", Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
  • "Bristles with the frenetic energy, flat-out fun, and southern-fried cunning that won the White House.", Rita Kempley, The Washington Post


  • 1993: Winner, Best Documentary Feature, National Board of Review
  • 1993: Nominee, Oscar, Best Documentary Feature, Academy

 The War Room
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