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       The 2 Aug 1993 Var "Rushes" column carried an item noting that October Films had entered into an agreement to acquire all North American rights. Theatrical rights were for a period of ten years with a five-year option for renewal, and October would also serve as "commissioned broker in the sale of the home video and television rights." According to press materials in AMPAS library files, the film had its world premiere at the Toronto, Canada, Festival of Festivals on 14 Sep 1993. The War Room screened out of competition at the New York Film Festival on 13 Oct 1993.
       End credits offer "Special thanks to: Norma Asnes, Bev Baker, Ben Barenholtz, Gary Beer, Kate Breslin, Becky Broder, Polly S. Brooks, Ron Brownstein, Alison Carey, Robin Carey, Richard Chacon, Sam Cohn, Mario Cooper, Nick Davis, Joyce Deep, Jeanne Drewson, Patricia Duff-Medavoy, Anne Edwards, Barbara Lyons Ettinger, Annette Flowers, Jay Footlick, John Foster, Jodi Franklin, Alixe Glen, Rob Glen, Melissa Green, Stacey Hadish, Pamela Harriman, Mark Herman, Ice Nine Music, Steve Ives, Jay Kernis, Heidi Kukis, Terry Lisk, John Logigian, Norris Mailer, Leslie Marcus, Mike Medavoy, David Mortimer, Sonja Moscowitz, Chelsea Pennebaker, Jane Pennebaker, Kit Pennebaker, Mae Pennebaker, Zoe Pennebaker, Carol Phillips, Brad Pomerantz, Laura Quinn, Richard Reeves, Marla Romash, Doug Rosen, Simon Rosenberg, Deborah Sale, Susan Sarandon, Peter L. Scher, Arthur Schlessinger, Mitch Schwartz, Ricki Seidman, Helen Settles, John Shakow, Paula Silver, Matt Smith, Susan Thomases, Hunter S. Thompson, John Truitt, Louis Ventorini, Michael Waldman, Ann Wally, Debbie Wilhite"; and, "Very special thanks to: Collier Andress, Heather Beckel, Ruth Cohen, Arthur Dantchik, Barbara P. Ettinger, Christian Ettinger, Deborah Ettinger, Richard ... More Less

       The 2 Aug 1993 Var "Rushes" column carried an item noting that October Films had entered into an agreement to acquire all North American rights. Theatrical rights were for a period of ten years with a five-year option for renewal, and October would also serve as "commissioned broker in the sale of the home video and television rights." According to press materials in AMPAS library files, the film had its world premiere at the Toronto, Canada, Festival of Festivals on 14 Sep 1993. The War Room screened out of competition at the New York Film Festival on 13 Oct 1993.
       End credits offer "Special thanks to: Norma Asnes, Bev Baker, Ben Barenholtz, Gary Beer, Kate Breslin, Becky Broder, Polly S. Brooks, Ron Brownstein, Alison Carey, Robin Carey, Richard Chacon, Sam Cohn, Mario Cooper, Nick Davis, Joyce Deep, Jeanne Drewson, Patricia Duff-Medavoy, Anne Edwards, Barbara Lyons Ettinger, Annette Flowers, Jay Footlick, John Foster, Jodi Franklin, Alixe Glen, Rob Glen, Melissa Green, Stacey Hadish, Pamela Harriman, Mark Herman, Ice Nine Music, Steve Ives, Jay Kernis, Heidi Kukis, Terry Lisk, John Logigian, Norris Mailer, Leslie Marcus, Mike Medavoy, David Mortimer, Sonja Moscowitz, Chelsea Pennebaker, Jane Pennebaker, Kit Pennebaker, Mae Pennebaker, Zoe Pennebaker, Carol Phillips, Brad Pomerantz, Laura Quinn, Richard Reeves, Marla Romash, Doug Rosen, Simon Rosenberg, Deborah Sale, Susan Sarandon, Peter L. Scher, Arthur Schlessinger, Mitch Schwartz, Ricki Seidman, Helen Settles, John Shakow, Paula Silver, Matt Smith, Susan Thomases, Hunter S. Thompson, John Truitt, Louis Ventorini, Michael Waldman, Ann Wally, Debbie Wilhite"; and, "Very special thanks to: Collier Andress, Heather Beckel, Ruth Cohen, Arthur Dantchik, Barbara P. Ettinger, Christian Ettinger, Deborah Ettinger, Richard P. Ettinger, Ronene Ettinger, the David Geffen Foundation, Stephen Graham, Elaine Hapgood, Janet Harkham, Ruth Hunter, Heidi Landesman, Rocco Landesman, Cooper McLane, Larry Rivers, Martin Scorsese and all the campaign staffers, voters, journalists and others who allowed themselves to be filmed during the making of this movie. See ya in '96..."
      According to a 26 Nov 1993 LAT article by John Anderson, documentarian D. A. Pennebaker and his wife and collaborator, Chris Hegedus, were approached two weeks before the Jul 1992 Democtratic National Convention by producers R. J. Cutler and Wendy Ettinger to make a film about the 1992 U. S. Presidential election. Although denied access to Bill Clinton himself, George Stephanopoulos invited the filmmakers into the campaign office to make a film about the inner workings of the Clinton campaign." Songwriter Christine McVie's name is misspelled as "Christie McVie" in end credits.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Los Angeles Times
19 Nov 1993
p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
26 Nov 1993
Section F, p. 4.
New York Times
13 Oct 1993
p. 15.
New York Times
3 Nov 1993
p. C-23
Variety
2 Aug 1993
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Variety
11 Oct 1993
p. 71.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A film by Chris Hedges and D A Pennebaker
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cam
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed/Researcher
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Tape to film process
Titles & blow-up
Archival Footage
Archival Footage
Press representation
Media consultants
Development consultant
Addl artwork
ANIMATION
Co-dir, Graphics & anim
Co-dir, Graphics & anim
Graphics & anim
Graphics & anim, The Tape House
COLOR PERSONNEL
Film processing
SOURCES
SONGS
"Vote For Mr. Rhythm," written by Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger, Al Siegel, performed by Ella Fitzgerald/Chick Webb Band, published by Famous Music Corp.
"Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow," written by Christie [sic.] McVie, performed by Fleetwood Mac, published by Fleetwood Mac Music
"Vote Baby Vote," written by Deee-Lite, performed by Deee-Lite, published by EMI/Virgin Music
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SONGS
"Vote For Mr. Rhythm," written by Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger, Al Siegel, performed by Ella Fitzgerald/Chick Webb Band, published by Famous Music Corp.
"Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow," written by Christie [sic.] McVie, performed by Fleetwood Mac, published by Fleetwood Mac Music
"Vote Baby Vote," written by Deee-Lite, performed by Deee-Lite, published by EMI/Virgin Music
"Get Back To Little Rock," written by Jason D. Williams, performed by Jason D. Williams, published by Gold Finch Songs
"I Swung The Election," written by Glen Miller, performed by Jack Teagarden, published by EMI Reisp Catalog Inc.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
3 November 1993
Premiere Information:
World premiere: 14 September 1993 at the Toronto Festival of Festivals
New York opening: 3 November 1993
Los Angeles opening: 19 November 1993
Copyright Claimant:
Pennebaker Associates, Inc., & McEttinger Films, Inc.
Copyright Date:
28 July 1994
Copyright Number:
PA713171
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo in selected theatres
Color
gauge
35mm
Widescreen/ratio
1.66:1
Duration(in mins):
96
Length(in feet):
8,640
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The 1992 presidential campaign of future president Bill Clinton is observed from the inside, with emphasis on campaign communications director George Stephanopoulos and campaign advisor James ... +


The 1992 presidential campaign of future president Bill Clinton is observed from the inside, with emphasis on campaign communications director George Stephanopoulos and campaign advisor James Carville. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Political


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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