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Roger & Me (1989)

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Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger B. Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Moore ... Himself
Roger B. Smith Roger B. Smith ... Himself
Rhonda Britton Rhonda Britton ... Herself - Pets or Meat Lady
Fred Ross Fred Ross ... Himself - Eviction Deputy
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Kaye Lani Rae Rafko ... Herself (Miss America)
James Blanchard James Blanchard ... Himself
James Bond James Bond ... Himself
Pat Boone ... Himself
Anita Bryant Anita Bryant ... Herself
Karen Edgely Karen Edgely ... Herself
Bob Eubanks ... Himself
Ben Hamper Ben Hamper ... Himself
Dinona Jackson Dinona Jackson ... Herself
Timothy Jackson Timothy Jackson ... Himself
Tom Kay Tom Kay ... Himself
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A documentary about the closure of General Motors' plant at Flint, Michigan, which resulted in the loss of 30,000 jobs. Details the attempts of filmmaker Michael Moore to get an interview with GM CEO Roger Smith. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The story of a rebel and his mike.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1989 (USA) See more »

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A Humorous Look at How General Motors Destroyed Flint, Michigan See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,253, 25 December 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,706,368
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Partially funded with $50,000 revenue generated by bingo games. Moore sold his house and held two yard sales. Edward Asner was sent a letter requesting support and sent a check. His name appears in the credits. See more »

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Funny, smart, and too close to home.
24 July 2004 | by grendelkhanSee all my reviews

I grew up near Decatur, Il, a city that was devastated in the late 70's and 80's by downsizing in the auto industry, the migration of jobs south of the border, and corruption in the giants of agribusiness. The city's economy has never really recovered and has been on the frontlines of the labor battles of this country, while the national media has ignored it. It bears a close parallel to Flint, Michigan, as depicted in "Roger & Me.

Moore goes back to his hometown and sees the effects of massive job loss, created by a company that cared more about executive stock options and bonuses, than the community it lived in. We meet people who have lost their jobs, benefits, and homes as a result of short-sighted decisions. With few alternatives that pay a living wage, the community spirals into decline. We see the arrogance of wealth, via lavish parties, while the poor are evicted from their homes. We watch as city leaders concoct one bizarre cosmetic scheme after another, without ever addressing the real roots of the economic problems of the city.

The film makes many valid points which still hold true and still occur. You can find fault with Moore's "ambush" approach and mockery of celebrities; but, Moore has usually made civil efforts to talk with these individuals, only to be ignored or driven off. So, he resorts to grandstanding tactics which brings attention to the issues he is pursuing. Also, the celebrities are so generally caught up in their own self importance, that they deserve the skewering they receive.

You can fault Moore's tactics and selective portrayal of an issue, but he does provoke discussion, which is usually his aim. In this, he is following the great tradition of the muckrakers, like Upton Sinclair, who were able to stimulate argument on vital topics and effect positive change. Moore is a great filmmaker and thought-provoking figure. Love him or hate him, he makes you focus on issues. Too bad politicians and executives don't.


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