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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story -- Boogie Man is a gripping political thriller about Lee Atwater, a blues-playing rogue whose rambunctious rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a political rock star...


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26 September 2008 (USA) See more »
"He taught the Democrats to sing the blues." -George H.W. Bush See more »
The Murrow, Polk, and IDA Award-winning documentary Boogie Man is about Lee Atwater, a blues-playing... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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
(in alphabetical order)
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 .... sound editor
Scott Cannizzaro .... sound re-recording mixer
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
Aspect Ratio:
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Boogie Man screenings were introduced by former DNC chair Terry MacAuliffe at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and by legendary GOP operative Roger Stone at the Republican National Convention.See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Lee Atwater: Using fear as a weapon to the meek., 25 October 2010
Author: BlackJack_B ( from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I couldn't sleep one night and this documentary was on CBC Newsworld. The political career of Lee Atwater and how he helped Ronald Reagan and George Bush get to the White House is sobering stuff.

Atwater was a master at spin. He would use every dirty trick in the book to make the GOP's opponents in the elections look bad. Unscrupulous, underhanded, ruthless and unrelenting, he would do everything he could to undermine the opposition. He even would attack his own, such as Bob Dole. He would use the power of fear to get people to vote for the Republicans.

Despite all this, he still comes off as a charismatic, very likable, affable and cool guy. His love of blues music and the guitar just make you want to forgive him for his evil ways. He comes off as a true charismatic enigma.

A very interesting look at how the political machine worked in the 1980's and how easy it is to control people with words and images, Boogie Man is definitely worth a watch to see how Atwater manipulated the American people to see things his way.

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