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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008)

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The Murrow, Polk, and IDA Award-winning documentary Boogie Man is about Lee Atwater, a blues-playing rogue whose rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a political rock star. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Atwater Lee Atwater ... Self - RNC Chairman (archive footage)
Tucker Eskew Tucker Eskew ... Self - Atwater Aide & McCain Advisor
Joe Sligh Joe Sligh ... Self - Friend & Bandmate
Eric Alterman Eric Alterman ... Self - Journalist & Professor
Jim McCabe Jim McCabe ... Self - Lifelong Friend
Stephen Raper Stephen Raper ... Self - President, Regent Republicans
Christopher Stark Christopher Stark ... Self - Chairman, NJ College Republicans
Joe Conason Joe Conason ... Self - Journalist, Salon.com
Roger Stone ... Self - Atwater Friend & Republican Operative
Howard Fineman Howard Fineman ... Self - Senuir Editor, Newsweek
Henry Eichel Henry Eichel ... Self - Writer, Charlotte Observer
Chuck Jackson Chuck Jackson ... Self - R&B Artist & Atwater Friend
Tom Turnipseed Tom Turnipseed ... Self - Former State Senator, South Carolina
Ishmael Reed Ishmael Reed ... Self - Writer & Media Critic
Lee Bandy Lee Bandy ... Self - Political Writer, The State
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The Murrow, Polk, and IDA Award-winning documentary Boogie Man is about Lee Atwater, a blues-playing rogue whose rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a political rock star. He mentored George W. Bush and Karl Rove while leading the Republican party to historic victories, helping make liberal a dirty word, and transforming the way America elects our Presidents. In interviews with Republicans and friends of Atwater, Boogie Man examines his role in America's shift to the right. To Democrats offended by the 1988 Willie Horton controversy, Atwater was a remorseless political assassin dubbed by one Congresswoman "the most evil man in America." The film examines his irreverent sense of humor, his understanding of the American heartland, and his unapologetic vision of politics as war. It ends with a portrait of a cynic's deathbed search for meaning. Written by Anonymous

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"He taught the Democrats to sing the blues." - George H.W. Bush. See more »


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Former Republican American President George Bush once famously said of Lee Atwater: "He taught the Democrats to sing the blues." This quote has been used frequently on DVD covers and promotional materials for this documentary film. See more »


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Lee Atwater: Using fear as a weapon to the meek.
25 October 2010 | by BlackJack_BSee all my reviews

I couldn't sleep one night and this documentary was on CBC Newsworld. The political career of Lee Atwater and how he helped Ronald Reagan and George Bush get to the White House is sobering stuff.

Atwater was a master at spin. He would use every dirty trick in the book to make the GOP's opponents in the elections look bad. Unscrupulous, underhanded, ruthless and unrelenting, he would do everything he could to undermine the opposition. He even would attack his own, such as Bob Dole. He would use the power of fear to get people to vote for the Republicans.

Despite all this, he still comes off as a charismatic, very likable, affable and cool guy. His love of blues music and the guitar just make you want to forgive him for his evil ways. He comes off as a true charismatic enigma.

A very interesting look at how the political machine worked in the 1980's and how easy it is to control people with words and images, Boogie Man is definitely worth a watch to see how Atwater manipulated the American people to see things his way.

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26 September 2008 (USA) See more »

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$10,939, 28 September 2008

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