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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story -- Legendary political rock star Lee Atwater helped elect Reagan, created the Bush Dynasty, and taught Karl Rove his controversial tactics. Then Lee repented. Or did he?
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26 September 2008 (USA) See more »
"He taught the Democrats to sing the blues." -George H.W. Bush See more »
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  (in credits order)
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,
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
Jack Bass ... Himself - Author & Journalist Professor

Sam Donaldson ... Himself - White House Correspondent

Ed Rollins ... Himself - Campaign Manager, Reagan '84

Robert D. Novak ... Himself - TV Host & Columnist
Mary Matalin ... Herself - Atwater Aide '88
Terry McAuliffe ... Himself - DNC Chairman

Michael Dukakis ... Himself - Democratic Nominee (as Gov. Mike Dukakis)
Rich Peterson ... Himself - Atwater Friend

Tom DeLay ... Himself - House Majority Leader (as Rep. Tom DeLay)
Kitty Dukakis ... Herself - Wife of Michael Dukakis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Baker III ... Himself - Secretary of State (archive footage)

George Bush ... Himself - President (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself - President (archive footage)
Marvin Bush ... Himself - George W. Bush's Brother (archive footage)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Connie Chung ... Herself - News Anchor (archive footage)

Bill Clinton ... Himself - President (archive footage)

Mario Cuomo ... Himself - Governor, New York (archive footage)

Bryant Gumbel ... Himself - News Anchor (archive footage)
Alexander Haig ... Himself - Secretary of State (archive footage)
Max Heller ... Himself - Mayor of Greenville, South Carolina (archive footage)
Willie Horton ... Himself - Convicted Murderer (archive footage)

Ted Kennedy ... Himself - Senator, Massachusetts (archive footage)
Bruce Morton ... Himself - TV News Correspondent (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself - President (archive footage)
Ann Richards ... Herself - Governor, Texas (archive footage)
Karl Rove ... Himself - Chief Strategist Bush Campaign (archive footage)
Don Sprouse ... Himself - Third Party Candidate (archive footage)
Steve Symms ... Himself - Senator, Idaho (archive footage)
Strom Thurmond ... Himself - Senator, South Carolina (archive footage)

Directed by
Stefan Forbes 
Writing credits
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Stefan Forbes  written by (uncredited)

Produced by
Stefan Forbes .... producer
Noland Walker .... producer
Tia Wou .... associate producer
Original Music by
Stefan Forbes 
Tim Robert 
Cinematography by
Stefan Forbes 
Film Editing by
Stefan Forbes 
Sound Department
Tyler Bender .... sound
Scott Cannizzaro .... re-recording mixer
Scott Cannizzaro .... sound editor
Margaret Crimmins .... sound editor
Bryan Dembinski .... sound recordist
Greg Smith .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen McCarthy .... additional cinematographer
Brett Wiley .... additional cinematographer
Editorial Department
Emir Lewis .... additional editor

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86 min | UK:90 min
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Boogie Man won several journalism awards, including the national Edward R. Murrow Award, and the George Polk Award for Excellence in Journalism.See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Great Film, 29 September 2008
Author: sarahi-5 from United States

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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