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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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Roger B. Smith ...
Rhonda Britton ...
Herself - Pets or Meat Lady
Fred Ross ...
Himself - Eviction Deputy
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko ...
James Blanchard ...
Himself
James Bond ...
Himself
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Himself
Anita Bryant ...
Herself
Karen Edgely ...
Herself
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Ben Hamper ...
Himself
Dinona Jackson ...
Herself
Timothy Jackson ...
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Tom Kay ...
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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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20 December 1989 (USA)  »

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

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Budget:

$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,253, 25 December 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,706,368
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According to the documentary Manufacturing Dissent (2007), Michael Moore falsely implied that he could not get General Motors' CEO Roger B. Smith to respond in front of a camera. The makers claim that Moore actually had two interviews with Smith, but chose to leave these out of the documentary to create the illusion that Smith refused to answer for his actions. Moore has denied these claims, saying that if he had consciously held back such footage, General Motors would have undoubtedly used that fact to discredit him. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Flint Convention and Visitors Bureau 1-800-482-6708 See more »

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Michigan State University Fight Song
Written by F.I. Lankey
Performed by The Michigan State University Marching Band
Courtesy of Fidelity Sound Recordings
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Very deep, very true.
23 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie really showed me what America's free enterprise system is about. Make your millions in producing automobiles in an American town, then run to Mexico where labor is cheap, and not offer any jobs to Americans. I loved it, very true, very deep.

I loved how Roger Smith dodged the film crews everytime they showed up. It was very good to show the effects of the plant closing shop. I never expected a true look into what happends to American workers.

I give this one 5 stars, and I realize now that our Free Enterprise System just keeps the poor, poor. And the wealthy get even more wealth. Our free enterprise system is a joke.


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