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The War Room

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GAME CHANGE George Stephanopoulos and James Carville in The War Room
Everett Collection

The War Room

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
director:
D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus
Producer:
R.J. Cutler
distributor:
October Films
genre:
Documentary

We gave it an A

For a man who had so much to hide, it’s amazing that Bill Clinton gave a team of documentary filmmakers access to the inner sanctum of his 1992 presidential campaign. Thank goodness for bad judgment; otherwise we wouldn’t have The War Room (1993, Not Rated, 1 hr., 36 mins.). As Cajun mad genius James Carville and twitchy, 5-o’clock-shadowed George Stephanopoulos crunch numbers and put out fires, you almost forget that you’re watching real life instead of a nail-biting Hollywood thriller. The Criterion disc’s EXTRAS, highlighted by a 2008 reunion of the Comeback Kid’s battle-scarred advisers, are a political junkie’s dream. A

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