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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Roger Stone ...
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 made American politics what it is today. See more »


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$10,939 (USA) (26 September 2008)

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$60,332 (USA) (7 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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Great Film
29 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Political docs are often dry and impersonal. This portrait of republican strategist Lee Atwater is anything but.

Boogie Man is a compelling story of an intense man driven by power and attention. Like so many in politics, but also on Wall street or in Hollywood, this guy is about winning at all costs. It has great music that keeps you tapping your foot. The film also provides a compellingly smart analysis of media and advertising strategies given by experts in the political world. The film's unexpected story arc that kept me riveted to the screen.

The archival footage of the Bush family is also priceless.


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