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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008)

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86 min | Documentary, Biography

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 ...See moreThe 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 See less
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Sep 26, 2008 (United States)

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45 cast members
Name STARmeter Known for
Lee Atwater
Self - RNC Chairman (archive footage) Self - RNC Chairman (archive footage)   See fewer
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Tucker Eskew
Self - Atwater Aide & McCain Advisor Self - Atwater Aide & McCain Advisor   See fewer
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Joe Sligh
Self - Friend & Bandmate Self - Friend & Bandmate   See fewer
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Eric Alterman
Self - Journalist & Professor Self - Journalist & Professor   See fewer
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Jim McCabe
Self - Lifelong Friend Self - Lifelong Friend   See fewer
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Stephen Raper
Self - President, Regent Republicans Self - President, Regent Republicans   See fewer
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Christopher Stark
Self - Chairman, NJ College Republicans Self - Chairman, NJ College Republicans   See fewer
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Joe Conason
Self - Journalist, Salon.com Self - Journalist, Salon.com   See fewer
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Roger Stone
Self - Atwater Friend & Republican Operative Self - Atwater Friend & Republican Operative   See fewer
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Howard Fineman
Self - Senuir Editor, Newsweek Self - Senuir Editor, Newsweek   See fewer
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Henry Eichel
Self - Writer, Charlotte Observer Self - Writer, Charlotte Observer   See fewer
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Chuck Jackson
Self - R&B Artist & Atwater Friend Self - R&B Artist & Atwater Friend   See fewer
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Tom Turnipseed
Self - Former State Senator, South Carolina Self - Former State Senator, South Carolina   See fewer
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Ishmael Reed
Self - Writer & Media Critic Self - Writer & Media Critic   See fewer
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Lee Bandy
Self - Political Writer, The State Self - Political Writer, The State   See fewer
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Jack Bass
Self - Author & Journalist Professor Self - Author & Journalist Professor   See fewer
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Sam Donaldson
Self - White House Correspondent Self - White House Correspondent   See fewer
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Ed Rollins
Self - Campaign Manager, Reagan '84 Self - Campaign Manager, Reagan '84   See fewer
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Robert D. Novak
Self - TV Host & Columnist Self - TV Host & Columnist   See fewer
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Mary Matalin
Self - Atwater Aide '88 Self - Atwater Aide '88   See fewer
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Terry McAuliffe
Self - DNC Chairman Self - DNC Chairman   See fewer
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Michael Dukakis
Self - Democratic Nominee (as Gov. Mike Dukakis) Self - Democratic Nominee (as Gov. Mike Dukakis)   See fewer
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Rich Peterson
Self - Atwater Friend Self - Atwater Friend   See fewer
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Tom DeLay
Self - House Majority Leader (as Rep. Tom DeLay) Self - House Majority Leader (as Rep. Tom DeLay)   See fewer
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Kitty Dukakis
Self - Wife of Michael Dukakis Self - Wife of Michael Dukakis   See fewer
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James Baker III
Self - Secretary of State (archive footage) Self - Secretary of State (archive footage)   See fewer
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George Bush
Self - President (archive footage) Self - President (archive footage)   See fewer
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George W. Bush
Self - President (archive footage) Self - President (archive footage)   See fewer
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Marvin Bush
Self - George W. Bush's Brother (archive footage) Self - George W. Bush's Brother (archive footage)   See fewer
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Dick Cheney
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Connie Chung
Self - News Anchor (archive footage) Self - News Anchor (archive footage)   See fewer
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Bill Clinton
Self - President (archive footage) Self - President (archive footage)   See fewer
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Mario Cuomo
Self - Governor, New York (archive footage) Self - Governor, New York (archive footage)   See fewer
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Bryant Gumbel
Self - News Anchor (archive footage) Self - News Anchor (archive footage)   See fewer
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Alexander Haig
Self - Secretary of State (archive footage) Self - Secretary of State (archive footage)   See fewer
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Max Heller
Self - Mayor of Greenville, South Carolina (archive footage) Self - Mayor of Greenville, South Carolina (archive footage)   See fewer
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Willie Horton
Self - Convicted Murderer (archive footage) Self - Convicted Murderer (archive footage)   See fewer
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Ted Kennedy
Self - Senator, Massachusetts (archive footage) Self - Senator, Massachusetts (archive footage)   See fewer
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Bruce Morton
Self - TV News Correspondent (archive footage) Self - TV News Correspondent (archive footage)   See fewer
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Ronald Reagan
Self - President (archive footage) Self - President (archive footage)   See fewer
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Ann Richards
Self - Governor, Texas (archive footage) Self - Governor, Texas (archive footage)   See fewer
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Karl Rove
Self - Chief Strategist Bush Campaign (archive footage) Self - Chief Strategist Bush Campaign (archive footage)   See fewer
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Don Sprouse
Self - Third Party Candidate (archive footage) Self - Third Party Candidate (archive footage)   See fewer
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Steve Symms
Self - Senator, Idaho (archive footage) Self - Senator, Idaho (archive footage)   See fewer
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Strom Thurmond
Self - Senator, South Carolina (archive footage) Self - Senator, South Carolina (archive footage)   See fewer
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7.6 / 10 | 705 votes