Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  86 min.
Release Date: October 10, 2008 (limited)

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Cast: Ed Rollins, Michael Dukakis, Tucker Eskew, Howard Fineman, Mary Matalin, Sam Donaldson, Lee Atwater, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Karl Rove


Boogie Man is a comprehensive look at Lee Atwater, the blues-playing rogue whose rambunctious rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a household name. He mentored Karl Rove and George W. Bush and played a crucial role in the elections of Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He wrote the Republican Party's winning playbook which the McCain campaign is currently using.

In eye-opening interviews with Atwater's closest friends and enemies, Boogie Man re-examines Atwater's crucial role in the remaking of the Republican Party. To Democrats offended by his cutthroat style (to say nothing of the 1988 Willie Horton controversy), Atwater was a political assassin dubbed by one Congresswoman "the most evil man in America." But to most Republicans he remains a hero for his deep understanding of the American heartland, his expert manipulation of the media, and his unapologetic vision of politics as war. Director Stefan Forbes offers a timely documentary for this election year as he examines the charming yet Machiavellian godfather of the modern negative political campaign.

Director: Stefan Forbes
Studio: InterPositive Media
Producer(s): Stefan Forbes, Noland Walker
Screenplay: Stefan Forbes
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