By People Staff
December 13, 1993 12:00 PM


James Carville glares at the TV monitor where Ross Perot, after having lavished $10 million on his campaign, is announcing his withdrawal from the ’92 presidential race. (Perot would, of course, soon jump back in again.) Carville, candidate Bill Clinton’s top political strategist, barks, “His was the most stupid single act of masturbation in the history of American political campaigns.”

Geez, C-Span was never like this. The War Room, named after the computer-filled chamber in Little Rock from which Carville and communications director George Slephano-poulos ran the ’92 Clinton campaign, is a remarkably entertaining film by documentarians D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. It captures the humor (Gennifer Flowers taking umbrage at being asked whether Clinton wore a condom during their alleged affair), calculation (George Bush attacking Clinton for having demonstrated against the Vietnam war while studying abroad), absurdity (endless arguments over the size and color of campaign signs), exhaustion (18-hour days and a steady diet of popcorn and Turns) and thrills that comprised the roller-coaster ride that was the Clinton campaign. (No rating)