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The War Room

The War Room (1993)

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A 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

Nov 10, 1998

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It's a testament to the supreme skills of Hegedus and Pennebaker that they managed to craft a film that so easily could have gone astray.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch
Twitch

It's so intoxicating that sometimes it's easy forget we are, in effect, watching a couple of pitch men selling that year's newest brand of soap.

May 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Illustrates in often amusing detail how the Clinton team managed to overcome petty hostilities and seize the day -- and the White House.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Politics as sporting event run by wonks. Fascinating but repellent in trademark Pennebaker-Hegedus fashion.

October 4, 2006 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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An invaluable record of Bill Clinton's unlikely rise to the White House.

December 4, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

A top documentary; behind the scenes at how a political campaign is run.

August 22, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Backroom politics has now been exposed-a high stakes game, but no mystery.

February 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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Whats interesting is that the film is less of a story of Clinton's '92 Presidential Campaign, and more of a character study of James Carville and George Stephanopolous who organized (and arguably won) the race for Bill Clinton. The makers of this documentary were given remarkably close access to some very private moments and they capture the serious ups and down for the behind the scenes workers. Really whats most intriguing is the marriage of Carville to Mary Matalin, who was one of the top members of Bush's '92 Re-election campaign. There are some great cuts back and forth between Matalin and Carville bashing the others political party to the media.
April 14, 2012
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