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Old March 16 2012, 10:22 PM   #398
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

41. Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (A)

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story: As a former political science major, the name Lee Atwater was familiar to me, but 21 years after his death it seems that his political legacy, rather than his name, is what lives on. This documentary films is certainly concerned with Atwater's political legacy -- he's considered by many to be the father of the modern Republican Party's school of dirty electoral tricks -- but it's also interested in the man as an individual. And what a charming, scary, funny, and frightening man he was -- all at the same time. Atwater valued winning at any cost, and he regretted that attitude on his deathbed, famously apologizing for the Willie Horton ad which he had secretly authorized, among many other things. This is a well-made, fascinating documentary; worth seeing.

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