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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
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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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Brings up some good points, but a very clear example of yellow journalism, 27 February 2012
Author: PaulieWantACracker from United States

First off, this wasn't an entirely bad movie. I found it to be an interesting look into Lee Atwater and his life. It also shows his strong impact upon the Republican Party. Additionally, we get to see how Atwater's tactics may have helped play a role in Bush, Sr.'s defeat of Dukakis back in 1988.

However, this movie is yellow journalism at its finest. The director falsely portrays Atwater as a one-dimensional, evil genius (who became evil because of a tragic incident involving the death of his little brother) who was the godfather of dirty mudslinging politics as we know it, and who had nothing redeeming about him. Dirty politics have always been around, and with some comprehensive reading, it becomes obvious that Atwater was not the one who started dirty politics. Also, the film makes it seem like everyone around him was a hapless, stupid puppet who quickly became a servant (or a victim) of the godfather Atwater and his evil empire. Additionally, the only characters who appear human in this video are, of course, Atwater's Democratic and Republican political rivals, while everyone else was just puppeted by Atwater. And surely, Atwater didn't just join the GOP just because he had no competition. He would certainly have to have agreed with at least some of what the GOP was saying, rather than just trying to do nothing except win all the time and be the one who controls the political "horse race".

All in all, while this movie is interesting, it reaches very silly conclusions about Atwater as a person and his role in contemporary politics.

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