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The War Room (1993)

  • Starring: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel
  • Director(s): D.A. Pennebaker , Chris Hegedus , Christopher Hughes
  • Genre(s): Documentary , Drama, History
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 96 min.

This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

The 1992 presidential election was a triumph not only for Bill Clinton but also for the new breed of strategists who guided him to the White House—and changed the face of politics in the process. For this thrilling, behind-closed-doors account of that campaign, renowned cinema verité filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker captured the brainstorming and bull sessions of Clinton’s crack team of consultants—especially James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, who became media stars in their own right as they injected a savvy, youthful spirit and spontaneity into the process of campaigning. Fleet-footed and entertaining, The War Room is a vivid document of a political moment whose truths (“It’s the economy, stupid!”) still ring in our ears. [Criterion]

"a-verite subject, people in everyday action -- politics in particular -- reveal themselves with such absorbing originality, you don't need a script. It's great to watch characters in "The War Room" operating as most of us do -- by the seat of their pants."
- Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Whether your political persuasion is Democratic, Republican, or somewhere in between, The War Room offers a fascinating insider's look at the turbulent 1992 Presidential campaign. Anyone with any interest in politics or elections will be engrossed."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The true focus of this watchful, frankly admiring film is the Clinton campaign staff, with James Carville and George Stephanopoulos receiving star billing. The film presents these two as tireless new-breed strategists whose fast, aggressive tactics helped to reshape their party's political thinking, and who themselves played a high-profile role in the election. Theirs was an attitude that promised something different in Presidential politic"
- Charles Hagen, New York Times