The War Room (1993)

The War Room




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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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Directed By: , , ,
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On DVD: Nov 10, 1998
Criterion Collection


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Critic Reviews for The War Room

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (10)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | October 13, 1993
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | July 2, 2008
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The War Room

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.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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Interesting time capsule and inside view of history and politics. James Carville is a really interesting figure, and is almost more the focal point than Bill Clinton.

I'm a Clinton fan, so this was really interesting to watch. James Carville is such an intelligent man.

Laci Ratzer

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