Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story ()

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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... See more »


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Lee Atwater ...
Himself - RNC Chairman (archiveFootage)
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,
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
Himself - White House Correspondent
Himself - Campaign Manager, Reagan '84
Himself - TV Host & Columnist
Mary Matalin ...
Herself - Atwater Aide '88
Terry McAuliffe ...
Himself - DNC Chairman
Himself - Democratic Nominee (as Gov. Mike Dukakis)
Rich Peterson ...
Himself - Atwater Friend
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 (archiveFootage)
Himself - President (archiveFootage)
Himself - President (archiveFootage)
Marvin Bush ...
Himself - George W. Bush's Brother (archiveFootage)
Himself (archiveFootage)
Connie Chung ...
Herself - News Anchor (archiveFootage)
Himself - President (archiveFootage)
Himself - Governor, New York (archiveFootage)
Himself - News Anchor (archiveFootage)
Alexander Haig ...
Himself - Secretary of State (archiveFootage)
Max Heller ...
Himself - Mayor of Greenville, South Carolina (archiveFootage)
Willie Horton ...
Himself - Convicted Murderer (archiveFootage)
Himself - Senator, Massachusetts (archiveFootage)
Bruce Morton ...
Himself - TV News Correspondent (archiveFootage)
Himself - President (archiveFootage)
Ann Richards ...
Herself - Governor, Texas (archiveFootage)
Karl Rove ...
Himself - Chief Strategist Bush Campaign (archiveFootage)
Don Sprouse ...
Himself - Third Party Candidate (archiveFootage)
Steve Symms ...
Himself - Senator, Idaho (archiveFootage)
Strom Thurmond ...
Himself - Senator, South Carolina (archiveFootage)

Directed by

Stefan Forbes

Written by

Stefan Forbes ... (written by) (uncredited)

Produced by

Stefan Forbes ... producer
Noland Walker ... producer
Tia Wou ... associate producer

Music by

Stefan Forbes
Tim Robert

Cinematography by

Stefan Forbes

Film Editing by

Stefan Forbes

Editorial Department

Emir Lewis ... additional editor

Sound Department

Tyler Bender ... sound
Scott Cannizzaro ... re-recording mixer / sound editor
Margaret Crimmins ... sound editor
Bryan Dembinski ... sound recordist
Greg Smith ... sound editor

Camera and Electrical Department

Stephen McCarthy ... additional cinematographer
Brett Wiley ... additional cinematographer

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines "He taught the Democrats to sing the blues." - George H.W. Bush. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Boogie Man (World-wide, English title)
  • Boogieman (World-wide, English title)
  • The Lee Atwater Story (World-wide, English title)
  • BoogieMan (World-wide, English title)
  • Boogie Man (Australia)
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  • 86 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia Boogie Man screenings were introduced by former DNC chair Terry MacAuliffe at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and by legendary GOP operative Roger Stone at the Republican National Convention. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008). See more »
Soundtracks Death Bells See more »

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