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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008)

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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Lee Atwater ...
Himself - RNC Chairman (archive footage)
Tucker Eskew ...
Himself - Atwater Aide & McCain Advisor
Joe Sligh ...
Himself - Friend & Bandmate
Eric Alterman ...
Himself - Journalist & Professor
Jim McCabe ...
Himself - Lifelong Friend
Stephen Raper ...
Himself - President, Regent Republicans
Christopher Stark ...
Himself - Chairman, NJ College Republicans
Joe Conason ...
Himself - Journalist, Salon.com
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Himself - Atwater Friend & Republican Operative
Howard Fineman ...
Himself - Senuir Editor, Newsweek
Henry Eichel ...
Himself - Writer, Charlotte Observer
Chuck Jackson ...
Himself - R&B Artist & Atwater Friend
Tom Turnipseed ...
Himself - Former State Senator, South Carolina
Ishmael Reed ...
Himself - Writer & Media Critic
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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26 September 2008 (USA)  »

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$10,939 (USA) (28 September 2008)

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$60,332 (USA) (9 November 2008)
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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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Edited into Frontline: Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008) See more »

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Leftist propaganda
3 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I expected this documentary to lean left. I expected it to show all of Lee Atwater's warts. I expected it to shine a harsh light on the dirty campaign tactics that define modern politics. However, I wasn't prepared for the severe leftward tilt of its content. Goodness, if only we had known how angelic Michael Dukakis was, we wouldn't have elected him president, we would have proclaimed him pope! Viewing this film it becomes obvious that his political views and poor campaign had absolutely nothing to do with his landslide defeat. It was all because of that awful man from South Carolina and the millions of sheep who were tricked into voting for the vice president! It's a shame there couldn't have been more balance instead of a litany of complaints from defeated opponents and a condemnation of many of the same tactics used by Democrats. I would have preferred a more rounded look at the man and of politics in general, where both sides have committed their share of bashing, scheming and pandering.


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