Robert DeNiro stars as a Washington spinmaster who needs a war to distract public’s attention from a sex scandal involving the President. Dustin Hoffman received an Academy Award nomination for his role in this biting political satire. —New Line Cinema
One of the more versatile American filmmakers of his generation, Barry Levinson’s movies showcased subjects as diverse as the immigrant experience, mob intrigue, and political satire. He earned particular acclaim for his semi-autobiographical portraits of life in 1950s Baltimore, a topic that he explored to great effect in Diner, his 1982 directorial debut.
Born in Baltimore on June 2, 1942, Levinson was the son of a warehouse manager. Initially intent on a career in the media, he studied Broadcast Journalism in college but didn’t remain there long enough to earn a degree. He instead switched his interests to acting and standup comedy, and, after serving a stint as a staff writer on The Carol Burnett Show, he was hired by producer Mel Brooks. The first film to carry a screenwriter credit for Levinson (in the company of several other writers) was Silent Movie (1976); this was followed by Brooks’ High Anxiety (1977), which also featured Levinson as a vengeful bellboy in the film’s… read more
A lot of great things here, especially Hoffman and Harrelson. But there's no real conflict. Any problem that arises is so quickly resolved or spun to look good. There is no tension, and that makes some of this film a bit boring.