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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 »
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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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
All in the game, 7 October 2008
Author: paul2001sw-1 ( from Saffron Walden, UK

Much of what is worst in American politics is on display in the career of Lee Atwater, a bogeyman for Democrats he put to the sword with underhand tactics both offensive and dishonest. Two interesting things emerge from this documentary: firstly, that far from being an ideologue, Atwater played the game for its own sake, with a ruthless cynicism so naked as to almost be disarming: sometimes it's easy to love an unashamed rogue, even if that rogue does more harm than a conventional hypocrite. Secondly, although Atwater died (of a brain tumour) in the early 1990s, in many ways, George W. Bush is Atwater's legacy; and indeed, Karl Rove was Atwater's protégé. Michael Dukakis, floored by Atwater's dirtiest campaign, is an interesting interviewee here: he comes across as naive in expecting anything better, and maybe that's the saddest aspect of the way that Atwater changed politics. It's probably mistaken to assign too much influence to one man; but it's also possible to fear that the demon of spin will never return to the box.

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