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Won't You Be My Neighbor? ()


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

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Morgan Neville

Produced by

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Emma Baiada ... associate producer
Leslie Berriman ... executive producer
John Boccardo ... executive producer
David Boies ... executive producer
Caryn Capotosto ... producer
Samantha Casey ... archival producer (as Samantha Kerzner)
Dan Cogan ... executive producer
David J. Cornfield ... executive producer
Linda A. Cornfield ... executive producer
Geralyn White Dreyfous ... executive producer
Derek Esplin ... executive producer
Nicholas Ma ... producer
Nion McEvoy ... executive producer
Morgan Neville ... producer
Jenny Raskin ... co-executive producer
Susan Ricketts ... archival producer
Rick Rosenthal ... executive producer
Regina K. Scully ... executive producer
Nancy Stephens ... executive producer
David Stone ... executive producer
Andrea van Beuren ... executive producer
Jenifer Westphal ... executive producer

Music by

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Jonathan Kirkscey

Cinematography by

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Graham Willoughby

Film Editing by

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Jeff Malmberg
Aaron Wickenden

Editorial Department

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Kate Brokaw ... assistant editor
Jose Favela ... on-line editor
Matt E. Novak ... Senior Editor (2018- Independent Lens)
David Polito ... media manager
Lee Rosch ... assistant editor
Kris Santa Cruz ... colorist
John VanBuskirk ... deliverables assistant
John Zimmer ... on-line editor
Brian Kitson ... media manager (uncredited)
Matthew Strattman ... media manager (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lesley Wolff

Production Management

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Jamie McBriety ... post-production supervisor

Art Department

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Shannon Dailey ... Buyer / set dresser
Scott Grossman ... graphic designer

Sound Department

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James Austin ... engineering services (as Jim Austin)
Arjun Banga ... sound mixer
Stephen Bores ... sound mixer (as Steve Bores)
Teresa Eckton ... sfx editor (as Terry Eckton)
Dennis Hamlin ... sound mixer
Pete Horner ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Jade Howard ... sound mixer
Jeff King ... assistant re-recording mixer
Josh Lowden ... skywalker sound executive staff
Dan Mazur ... sound mixer
Steve Morris ... head of engineering: Skywalker Sound
Al Nelson ... sound designer
Jonathan Null ... skywalker sound executive staff (as Jon Null)
David Peifer ... digital editorial support
Carrie Perry ... client services & scheduling: Skywalker Sound
Mike Peters ... post-production sound accountant
Daniela Pontoriero ... post-production sound accountant & finance manager
Richard K. Pooler ... sound mixer
Anne Pope ... sound mixer
Eva Porter ... client services & scheduling: Skywalker Sound
Craig Rhee ... sound mixer
Chris Rudyk ... sound mixer
John Sessoms ... sound mixer
Qiao Xin ... sound mixer
Mike Lane ... production service (uncredited)

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Russell Bell ... assistant camera
Alexandra Cason ... assistant camera (as Alex Cason)
Dan Cooper ... assistant camera
Cameron Dingwall ... assistant camera
Scott Goldman ... teleprompter operator
Shana Hagan ... additional cinematography
Tyler Hart ... assistant camera
Phil Henry ... assistant camera
Marcos Herrera ... b camera: additional
Jessica Keller ... assistant camera
Ben Kolak ... additional cinematography
Julia Liu ... assistant camera
Nicola Marsh ... additional cinematography
Tony Perija ... grip
Amanda Rotzler ... 1st Assistant Camera
Jarrett Sullivan ... teleprompter operator
Donny Thomas ... assistant camera
Chris Tonkovich ... gaffer
John Tremba ... drone operator
John E. Tremba ... drone pilot
Joe Victorine ... additional cinematography

Animation Department

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Ariel Costa ... animator
Rodrigo Miguel Rangel ... animator

Casting Department

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Lesley Wolff ... casting

Music Department

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Jody Friedman ... music supervisor
Jennifer Lanchart ... music supervisor
Mary Lattimore ... additional music
Jonathan Palmer ... music consultant
Daniel Ciurlizza ... trailer music (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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J.B. Armstrong ... additional editing assistance
Helen Butcher ... production assistant
Jared Callahan ... production assistant
Elizabeth Cirillo ... additional editing assistance
Steven H. Cohen ... financier
Paige Collins ... publicist
Ed Dooley ... production assistant
Andy Esper ... production assistant
Weiyi Feng ... field production coordinator
Paula M. Froehle ... financier
Daniel Heale ... marketing agency executive
Judith Karfiol ... Production Counsel
Mason Lazarcheff ... production assistant
Monica Mazel ... publicity assistant
Josh Miller ... Creative Content at Focus Features
Kerry Mockler ... research assistant
Frank Nicoletti ... production assistant
Aric Noblitt ... production assistant
Ryan O'Shea ... production assistant
Sierra Pettengill ... additional researcher
Kirk Rhodes ... production assistant
Andrea Sherwood ... research assistant
Marc H. Simon ... legal counsel
Brittany Smith ... additional researcher
Emily Uhrin ... additional researcher
Anh Vu ... production assistant (as Ahn Vu)

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Anne-Marie Cowsill ... special thanks
Alana Hauser ... special thanks
Carl Kurlander ... special thanks
Caroline Libresco ... special thanks
Marcia Neville ... dedicated to (as Marcia Pierce Neville)
Rick Sebak ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines A little kindness makes a world of difference See more »
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Also Known As
  • ¿Quieres ser mi vecino? (Spain)
  • Fred Rogers - O Padrinho da Criançada (Brazil)
  • ミスター・ロジャースのご近所さんになろう (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Komsum Olmaz misin? (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • W odwiedzinach u pana Rogersa (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 95 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $475,419, 10 Jun 2018
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $22,845,599

Did You Know?

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Trivia Although the documentary includes a brief clip of Fred Rogers' meeting with Koko the Gorilla and shows Koko removing Mister Rogers' 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 Mister 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Jeremy Renner/Derek Hough/Mrs. Joanne Rogers/Christine and the Queens feat. Dâm-Funk (2018). See more »
Soundtracks Won't You Be My Neighbor? See more »
Quotes Fred Rogers: From the time you were very little, you've had people who have smiled you into smiling, people who have talked you into talking, sung you into singing, loved you into loving. So, on this extra special day, let's take some time to think of those extra special people. Some of them may be right here, some may be far away. Some may even be in heaven. No matter where they are, deep down you know they've always wanted what was best for you. They've always cared about you beyond measure and have encouraged you to be true to the best within you. Let's just take a minute of silence to think about those people now.
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