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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008)

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The Murrow, Polk, and IDA Award-winning documentary Boogie Man is about Lee Atwater, a blues-playing rogue whose rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a political rock star. ... See full summary »

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Stefan Forbes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Atwater Lee Atwater ... Himself - RNC Chairman (archive footage)
Tucker Eskew Tucker Eskew ... Himself - Atwater Aide & McCain Advisor
Joe Sligh Joe Sligh ... Himself - Friend & Bandmate
Eric Alterman Eric Alterman ... Himself - Journalist & Professor
Jim McCabe Jim McCabe ... Himself - Lifelong Friend
Stephen Raper Stephen Raper ... Himself - President, Regent Republicans
Christopher Stark Christopher Stark ... Himself - Chairman, NJ College Republicans
Joe Conason Joe Conason ... Himself - Journalist, Salon.com
Roger Stone ... Himself - Atwater Friend & Republican Operative
Howard Fineman Howard Fineman ... Himself - Senuir Editor, Newsweek
Henry Eichel Henry Eichel ... Himself - Writer, Charlotte Observer
Chuck Jackson Chuck Jackson ... Himself - R&B Artist & Atwater Friend
Tom Turnipseed Tom Turnipseed ... Himself - Former State Senator, South Carolina
Ishmael Reed Ishmael Reed ... Himself - Writer & Media Critic
Lee Bandy Lee Bandy ... Himself - Political Writer, The State
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The Murrow, Polk, and IDA Award-winning documentary Boogie Man is about Lee Atwater, a blues-playing rogue whose rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a political rock star. He mentored George W. Bush and Karl Rove while leading the Republican party to historic victories, helping make liberal a dirty word, and transforming the way America elects our Presidents. In interviews with Republicans and friends of Atwater, Boogie Man examines his role in America's shift to the right. To Democrats offended by the 1988 Willie Horton controversy, Atwater was a remorseless political assassin dubbed by one Congresswoman "the most evil man in America." The film examines his irreverent sense of humor, his understanding of the American heartland, and his unapologetic vision of politics as war. It ends with a portrait of a cynic's deathbed search for meaning. Written by Anonymous

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Loved by his friends, feared by his enemies...he wrote the GOP's winning playbook. See more »


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English

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA) See more »

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Boogie Man See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,939, 28 September 2008

Gross USA:

$60,332

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,332
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InterPositive Media See more »
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Director/Producer Stefan Forbes won the 2008 International Documentary Association's Jacqueline Donnet Award for Emerging Filmmaker, an award which was won the year before by his friend Ted Braun (Darfur Now.) See more »

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References Dracula (1931) See more »

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Thorazine Shuffle
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Beware of the Boogie Man
4 September 2013 | by fgold-743-259474See all my reviews

American politics at it's most revealing, in "Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story", illuminating the most destructive forces at work in American politics over the last thirty years.

The media, candidates, personal friends and colleagues reveal a deeply troubled man, seeking power at all costs. Lee Atwater is a real bully in every sense of the word, using his somewhat smarmy southern charm to both make himself look like "every man", as well as, the candidates he represents.

At one point, the conservative political strategist, Mary Matalin defends Atwater as "brilliant" and appears sentimental about her colleague and his unethical approaches to politics. In every clip, quote and historical reference Lee Atwater appears to be the Devil himself. The scariest part of this film, is seeing Rove groomed to be Atwater's successor.

Rove can attribute every one of his devious political strategies to the mastermind evil genius of Lee Atwater. This film portrays the average American as a sentimentalist, carefully "played" at our most basic fears and prejudice.

Watch this film and share it with others, to awaken your consciousness to what is truthful and real in the dirty world of American politics. What you hear in the next campaign slogan, should be considered carefully, as a probable misrepresentation of the truth.


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