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Roger & Me -- Michael Moore's controversial but popular film is a highly personal, wryly humorous look at the closing of several General Motors plants in Flint, Michigan.
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20 December 1989 (USA) See more »
The story of a rebel and his mike.
Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Moore ... Himself
Roger B. Smith ... Himself
Rhonda Britton ... Herself - Pets or Meat Lady
Fred Ross ... Himself - Eviction Deputy
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko ... Herself (Miss America)
James Blanchard ... Himself
James Bond ... Himself

Pat Boone ... Himself
Anita Bryant ... Herself
Karen Edgely ... Herself

Bob Eubanks ... Himself
Ben Hamper ... Himself
Dinona Jackson ... Herself
Timothy Jackson ... Himself
Tom Kay ... Himself
Correy Lennox ... High School Student
Brian MacDonald ... Video Tour Guide
Janet K. Rauch ... Herself - Amway Lady
Barbara Schroeder ... Herself - Reporter
George Sells ... Himself (local TV news anchor)
Steve Wilson ... Himself
Sue Zelenko ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ted Koppel ... Himself (archive footage)

Dan Rather ... Himself (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert H. Schuller ... Himself (archive footage) (as Robert Schuller)

Guy Williams ... Zorro (archive footage)
Richard Earl Sawdon ... Spot welder (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Moore 
Writing credits
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Michael Moore  written by

Produced by
Michael Moore .... producer
Wendey Stanzler .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Chris Beaver 
John Prusak 
Kevin Rafferty 
Bruce Schermer 
Film Editing by
Jennifer Beman White  (as Jennifer Beman)
Wendey Stanzler 
Sound Department
Jennifer Beman White .... sound editor (as Jennifer Beman)
Judy Irving .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Judy Irving .... additional cinematography
Daniel S. Noga .... additional cinematographer
Editorial Department
Adam D. Fleischman .... assistant editor
Matt McFarland .... remastering colorist
Music Department
David Hess .... composer: song "Speedy Gonzales"
Ethel Lee .... composer: song "Speedy Gonzales"
Other crew
Edward Asner .... additional funding (as Ed Asner)
Pat Megison .... production assistant
Frank Moore .... additional funding
Veronica Moore .... additional funding
John Pierson .... producer's representative
Keith Prusak .... production assistant
Scott Rouse .... production assistant
Josef Steiff .... production assistant
Andrew Garrison .... thanks
Frank Moore .... special thanks
Veronica Moore .... special thanks
Ralph Nader .... special thanks
Barbara Schroeder .... special thanks (as Barb Schroeder)
Roger B. Smith .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"A Humorous Look at How General Motors Destroyed Flint, Michigan" - USA (subtitle)
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91 min
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Partially funded with $50,000 revenue generated by bingo games. Moore sold his house and held two yard sales. Edward Asner was sent a letter requesting support and sent a check. His name appears in the credits.See more »
Michael Moore:[voice-over] So this was GM chairman Roger Smith. And he appeared to have a brilliant plan: First, close 11 factories in the U.S, then open 11 in Mexico where you pay the workers 70 cents an hour. Then, use the money you've saved by building cars in Mexico to take over other companies...See more »
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18 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Roger Smith was (is?) a buffoon, but..., 7 July 2004
Author: Gary Bohr from Milford, Michigan, USA

...Michael Moore should have stuck to the facts. I lived in the Detroit area (Milford, the home of the GM Proving Grounds) from the early 70's until 2002. The 80's were a rough decade for the auto industry.

Roger Smith became Chairman and CEO of GM in January, 1981. The man was an unmitigated disaster. Among some of the things he proposed was the elimination of GM's engineering division (pink slipping everyone). He didn't think that the world's largest automaker needed an in-house engineering capability. Absolutely moronic!

There were several other examples of Roger Smith's buffoonery. The viewing audience would have been better served had Mr. Moore stuck to the facts. There were several items in this film that were either staged or flat-out false (people who never worked for GM getting evicted, Pres. Reagan being quoted out of context, etc.). This is the typical tactic Mr. Moore uses in all his films.

The upshot? Mr. Moore is a gifted filmmaker and able storyteller. Unfortunately, he doesn't let the facts get in the way of the point he's trying to make. There was no shortage of material on what a moron Roger Smith was (is?). Had Mr. Moore kept with the facts, Roger & Me would not just be entertaining, it would have the added benefit of being factual.

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