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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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Writer:
Michael Moore (written by)
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Release Date:
20 December 1989 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The story of a rebel and his mike.
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
13 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Funny, smart, and too close to home. See more (130 total) »

Cast

  (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
(in alphabetical order)
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
 
Thanks
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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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
[In closing credits]
subtitles:This film cannot be shown within the city of Flint... All the movie theaters have closed.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.226" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Funny, smart, and too close to home., 24 July 2004
Author: grendelkhan from Xanadu

I grew up near Decatur, Il, a city that was devastated in the late 70's and 80's by downsizing in the auto industry, the migration of jobs south of the border, and corruption in the giants of agribusiness. The city's economy has never really recovered and has been on the frontlines of the labor battles of this country, while the national media has ignored it. It bears a close parallel to Flint, Michigan, as depicted in "Roger & Me.

Moore goes back to his hometown and sees the effects of massive job loss, created by a company that cared more about executive stock options and bonuses, than the community it lived in. We meet people who have lost their jobs, benefits, and homes as a result of short-sighted decisions. With few alternatives that pay a living wage, the community spirals into decline. We see the arrogance of wealth, via lavish parties, while the poor are evicted from their homes. We watch as city leaders concoct one bizarre cosmetic scheme after another, without ever addressing the real roots of the economic problems of the city.

The film makes many valid points which still hold true and still occur. You can find fault with Moore's "ambush" approach and mockery of celebrities; but, Moore has usually made civil efforts to talk with these individuals, only to be ignored or driven off. So, he resorts to grandstanding tactics which brings attention to the issues he is pursuing. Also, the celebrities are so generally caught up in their own self importance, that they deserve the skewering they receive.

You can fault Moore's tactics and selective portrayal of an issue, but he does provoke discussion, which is usually his aim. In this, he is following the great tradition of the muckrakers, like Upton Sinclair, who were able to stimulate argument on vital topics and effect positive change. Moore is a great filmmaker and thought-provoking figure. Love him or hate him, he makes you focus on issues. Too bad politicians and executives don't.

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