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Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

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An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Rogers ... Himself (archive footage)
Joanne Rogers Joanne Rogers ... Herself
John Rogers John Rogers ... Himself
Jim Rogers Jim Rogers ... Himself
Bill Isler Bill Isler ... Himself
Hedda Sharapan Hedda Sharapan ... Herself
Junlei Li Junlei Li ... Himself
Max King Max King ... Himself
Margaret Whitmer Margaret Whitmer ... Herself (as Margy Whitmer)
Tom Junod ... Himself
Betty Seamans Betty Seamans ... Herself (as Elizabeth Seamans)
Joe Negri ... Himself
David Newell ... Himself
Elaine Crozier Elaine Crozier ... Herself
George Wirth George Wirth ... Himself
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Storyline

Charmingly soft-spoken and yet powerfully incisive expressing his profound ideals, Fred Rogers was a unique presence on television for generations. Through interviews of his family and colleagues, the life of this would-be pastor is explored as a man who found a more important calling to provide an oasis for children in a video sea of violent bombardment. That proved to be his landmark series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968), a show that could gently delve into important subjects no other children's show would have dared for that time. In doing so, Rogers experienced a career where his sweet-tempered idealism charmed and influenced the world whether it be scores of children on TV or recalcitrant authorities in government. However, that beloved personality also hid Rogers' deep self-doubts about himself and occasional misjudgments even as he proved a rock of understanding in times of tragedy for a world that did not always comprehend a man of such noble character. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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A little kindness makes a world of difference


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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Won't You Be My Neighbor? See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$475,419, 10 June 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,609,437, 13 September 2018
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Tremolo Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the documentary includes a brief clip of Mr. Roger's meeting with Koko the Gorilla and shows Koko removing Mr. Roger's shoes, it does not explain the story behind the gorilla's actions. After Koko's death in June 2018, multiple obituaries for the gorilla explained that Koko faithfully watched Mr. Rogers' show every day, and during their encounter, she removed his shoes because she was used to seeing him do the same at the start of every episode. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Fred Rogers: [at his piano] Come on over a minute. I just had some ideas that I've been thinking about for quite while about modulation. It seems to me that there are different themes in life, and one of my main jobs, it seems to me, is to help, through the mass media for children, to help children through some of the difficult modulations of life.
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You're No Mistake
Music and lyrics by Fred Rogers
Performed by Fred Rogers (as Daniel Striped Tiger) and Betty Aberlin
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Best Documentary I Have Ever Seen
16 May 2018 | by carterizaak214See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see this modern marvel of a film at the Sundance film festival. Well edited and seamlessly structured, this film pays a true homage to the art of making a documentary, and to a man that society didn't know they needed until he came along on their television screens.


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