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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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George Wirth ...
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Directed by

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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
Jamie McBriety ... post-production supervisor
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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Scott Grossman ... graphic designer

Sound Department

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James Austin ... engineering services (as Jim Austin)
Arjun Banga ... sound mixer
Steve Bores ... sound mixer
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 ... skywalker sound executive staff
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 & finance manager
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
Jon Krupp ... trailer re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Roger J. Sacdalan ... re-recording mix technician: trailer (uncredited)

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Russell Bell ... assistant camera
Alex Cason ... assistant camera
Dan Cooper ... assistant camera
Cameron Dingwall ... assistant camera
Scott Goldman ... teleprompter operator
Shana Hagan ... additional cinematography
Tyler Hart ... assistant camera
Phil Henry ... assistant camera
Jessica Keller ... assistant camera
Ben Kolak ... additional cinematography
Julia Liu ... assistant camera
Nicola Marsh ... additional cinematography
Tony Perija ... grip
Amanda Rotzler ... 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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Daniel Ciurlizza ... composer: trailer music
Jody Friedman ... music supervisor
Jennifer Lanchart ... music supervisor
Mary Lattimore ... additional music
Jonathan Palmer ... music consultant

Other 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
Mason Lazarcheff ... production assistant
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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Alana Hauser ... special thanks
Carl Kurlander ... special thanks
Caroline Libresco ... special thanks
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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Also Known As
  • Будешь моим соседом? (Russia)
Runtime
  • 94 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $475,419, 10 Jun 2018

Did You Know?

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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 »
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: The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they're loved and capable of loving.
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