The War Room

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.

Film Info

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by directors Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 the 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 a new essay by writer Louis Menand

New cover by Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by directors Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 the 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 a new essay by writer Louis Menand

New cover by Eric Skillman

The War Room
Cast
James Carville
George Stephanopoulos
Heather Beckel
Paul Begala
Bob Boorstin
Michael Donilon
Jeff Eller
Stan Greenberg
Mandy Grunwald
Harold Ickes
Mickey Kantor
Mary Matalin
Mitchell Schwartz
Credits
Director
Chris Hegedus
Director
D. A. Pennebaker
Producer
R. J. Cutler
Producer
Wendy Ettinger
Producer
Frazer Pennebaker
Camera
Nick Doob
Camera
D. A. Pennebaker
Camera
Nick Rafferty
Sound
Charles Arnot
Sound
David Dawkins
Sound
Chris Hegedus
Sound
Judy Karp
Editing
Chris Hegedus
Editing
Erez Laufer
Editing
D. A. Pennebaker

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