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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

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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Storyline

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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"He taught the Democrats to sing the blues." - George H.W. Bush. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boogie Man See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,939, 28 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$60,332, 9 November 2008
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InterPositive Media See more »
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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Boogie Man screenings were introduced by former DNC chair Terry MacAuliffe at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and by legendary GOP operative Roger Stone at the Republican National Convention. See more »

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Edited into Frontline: Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008) See more »

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Thorazine Shuffle
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The Life, Death and Power of Political Genius/Devil Lee Atwater
22 September 2008 | by corinnecalessoSee all my reviews

Terry McCauliff introduced this mind blowing film at the Democratic Convention. The Starz sponsored "Impact Film Festival 08" showed Boogie Man at both political conventions. That says everything about the conflicting legacy of Lee Atwater, presented with heart and humor in Boogie Man.

The filmmaker Stefan Forbes is brilliant in his storytelling. Where did he find those old clips of Atwater, in a creepy, sweaty trance.....performing funky blues on his electric guitar. Atwater's raw passion and his demons were in the room when he wailed into the mic. Bill Clinton playing saxophone looks darned angelic in comparison.

Forbes' bluesy, gritty music track is so intertwined throughout that is seems to ooze out of Lee Atwater's crazy pores.

When you see this film, you'll know what the Democrats need to do to get Barack and a new Congress elected in November. And beyond. I promise!


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