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Roger & Me (1989)

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Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing.

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Roger B. Smith ...
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Rhonda Britton ...
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Fred Ross ...
Himself - Eviction Deputy
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko ...
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James Blanchard ...
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James Bond ...
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Anita Bryant ...
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Karen Edgely ...
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Bob Eubanks ...
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Dinona Jackson ...
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Timothy Jackson ...
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A documentary about the closure of General Motors' plant at Flint, Michigan, which resulted in the loss of 30,000 jobs. Details the attempts of filmmaker Michael Moore to get an interview with GM CEO Roger Smith. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The story of a rebel and his mike.

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20 December 1989 (USA)  »

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A Humorous Look at How General Motors Destroyed Flint, Michigan  »

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Budget:

$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,866 (USA) (19 October 2012)

Gross:

$511,200 (USA) (28 December 2012)
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This documentary exposes the reality of corporate downsizing and outsourcing - General Motors opening facilities in Mexico and shuttering their facilities in Flint, Michigan has became a trend during the mid-1980s where the Rust Belt employment sector has declined - the use of automation where Detroit's Big Three implemented the use of industrial robots resulted in the decline of the blue collar factory worker. When GM initiated this, they were consolidating their vehicle lines by sharing bodyshells which became known as platform sharing in the automobile industry. The Flint, Michigan assembly plants that GM shuttered - the corporate downsizing and outsourcing trend has influenced GM's rival Ford Motor Company with The Way Forward during the mid-2000s (Ford shuttered its Wixom, Michigan assembly plant and in late 2011, its St. Thomas plant in Canada). At the same time the film was in development, consumerism towards Asian automakers e.g. Toyota, Honda, and Nissan also resulted in the decline of motor vehicles produced by union labor where only one Asian automaker (Honda) had a manufacturing facility in Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio - the other two Asian automakers Toyota and Nissan chose to build their assembly plants (known as transplants) in non-labor union states e.g. Tennessee, Texas, and California to produce mass-market vehicles as a result of the 1981 Voluntary Export Restraints imposed by the U.S. Government. The Asian (Japanese) Big Three, Nissan, Toyota, and Honda, in response to the VER, launched their respective luxury brands - Infiniti, Lexus, and Acura. See more »

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Michael Moore: [voice-over] My favorite was the exhibit sponsored by General Motors: a puppet auto worker singing a love song to the robot replacing him on the assembly line. The song was called "Me and My Buddy".
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Crazy Credits

This film cannot be shown within the city of Flint. All the movie theatres have closed. See more »

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Written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
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Very deep, very true.
23 October 1999 | by (Mentor, OH) – See all my reviews

This movie really showed me what America's free enterprise system is about. Make your millions in producing automobiles in an American town, then run to Mexico where labor is cheap, and not offer any jobs to Americans. I loved it, very true, very deep.

I loved how Roger Smith dodged the film crews everytime they showed up. It was very good to show the effects of the plant closing shop. I never expected a true look into what happends to American workers.

I give this one 5 stars, and I realize now that our Free Enterprise System just keeps the poor, poor. And the wealthy get even more wealth. Our free enterprise system is a joke.


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