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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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Michael Moore

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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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Storyline

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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Documentary

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

The unnamed San Francisco left-wing magazine that Moore goes to work for at the beginning of film is Mother Jones. Moore worked for the magazine for three months in 1985 before being fired for putting his friend on the cover. Moore sued the magazine for contract breech, and used the money he won in the settlement to partially fund Roger & Me (1989). See more »

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Michael Moore: I was kind of a strange child. My parents knew early on that something must have been wrong with me. I crawled backwards until I was two... It all began when my mother didn't show up at my first birthday party, 'cause she was off having my sister, and dad tried to cheer me up by letting me eat the whole cake. I knew then, there had to be more to life than this.
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The Flint Plasma Center is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Saturday and Sunday, they're closed. See more »

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Be Careful Not to Miss the Point...
27 March 2002 | by EscheteSee all my reviews

Michael Moore is making a key point with this movie that, judging from other people's reviews, seems easy to miss. The point isn't that the people of Flint expected GM to care for them "from cradle to grave," as one reviewer put it. The point was that the working people of Flint, despite doing everything they were supposed to do, despite keeping up their end of the bargain, were destroyed by a corporation that FELT NO OBLIGATION TO EVEN EXPLAIN WHY. That's the symbolism of the attempt to interview Roger Smith and Smith's unwillingness to answer questions.

In a corporation like GM, there is no one really accountable for what the corporation does at the end of the day. The stockholders hide behind the CEO. The CEO hides behind the board of directors. The directors cite "the stockholders' will." The PR men blame "market forces" (which is a code word for greed). The union bosses double talk. And in the end, they all dump squarely on the working stiff, who always comes last in the considerations of management.

This film is NOT supposed to be a documentary. It's the facts of the situation as seen by a kid who grew up in Flint among GM workers. He feels betrayed, he feels depressed and he feels angry. That's why the film is "manipulative." It's HIS opinion! And even if it IS his opinion, that doesn't excuse the disgusting behavior of all the rich cretins and politicians in this film. Didn't they KNOW that they were on camera?! As I watched, I wondered if America is really as full of snotty, middle-management punks as this film seems to show. And why do corporate androids get so rude when a camera is around? Are they really so terrified of someone exposing them for what they are? Sheesh!

By the way: when GM closed down the Flint plants from 1987-1989, they were making one BILLION dollars in profits per year. They took jobs from Americans and gave them to foreigners despite a nice profit margin. Isn't that treason?

A good film. A-.

Some things to watch for: Sleazy Jeri-Curl eviction man, one snotty PR person after another, Michael Moore's fashion sense, Ronald Reagan looking really dumb and confused, Bob Eubanks' sense of humor, Miss Michigan's off-the-cuff brilliance, rabbit meat.


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