The War Room

The War Room

Director: Chris Hegedus, Christopher Hughes, D.A. Pennebaker Cast: James Carville
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The War Room

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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2012
UPC: 0715515091916
Original Release: 1993
Rating: PG
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 26,374

Special Features

Return of the War Room, a 2008 documentary by Hegedus and Pennebaker in which advisers James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Paul Begala, and others reflect on the effect that the Clinton war room had on the way campaigns are run; New pieces in which the filmmakers discuss the difficulties of shooting in teh campaign's fast-paced environment; Panel discussion hosted by the William J. Clinton Foundation, featuring Carville, Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan, journalist Ron Brownstein, and surprise guest Bill Clinton; Interview with strategist Stanley Greenberg on the evolution of polling; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by writer Louis Menand

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- War Room
1. Opening Credits [2:17]
2. New Hampshire [2:58]
3. Gennifer Flowers [4:30]
4. The Ragin' Cajun Explains the Stakes [3:23]
5. The Comeback Kid [5:02]
6. Fighting Back [2:59]
7. The Convention [6:09]
8. Perot Drops Out [5:19]
9. Little Rock, Arkansas [7:51]
10. Mary Matalin [4:25]
11. Printergate [11:15]
12. Perot Gets Back In [2:11]
13. The Debate [4:22]
14. Spinning Class [5:58]
15. "One More Day" [4:38]
16. Carville's Last Speech to the Troops [5:40]
17. Carville Concedes [3:19]
18. "Holy Shit" [4:43]
19. Writing the Speech [3:24]
20. Celebration [2:47]
21. End Credits [2:36]
22. Color Bars [:00]
Disc #2 -- War Room
1. Opening Credits [2:31]
2. Trouble in New Hampshire [9:26]
3. The Matalin-Carvilles [3:29]
4. The Man From Hope [7:16]
5. The Convention and the General [5:11]
6. The Structure of the War Room [5:18]
7. Political Combat [9:48]
8. The Opponents [5:40]
9. The Debate and the Spin Room [8:30]
10. How Campaigns Have Changed [8:27]
11. Winning [12:22]
12. The Carville Phone Tree [3:34]

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The War Room 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clinton. The man. The legend. The blowjob. This is all before the controservies, well, not totally, as it follows the "crazy Cajun" James Carville and the young-looking idealistic Georg e Stephenapholous as they fight like bulldogs in the 1992 Election. Behind the scenes with some shots of Bill and Hillary. Great and historic. Too bad we didn't have that team working in 2004, but we got 'em back in 2006.