Roger & MeDirector: Michael Moore
Michael Moore's wickedly iconoclastic documentary was inspired by the decline and fall of Flint, Michigan. Once the site of a thriving General Motors plant, Flint went quickly to seed when GM decided to close down and move out. As Moore pokes around what has been described by one magazine as "the worst place to live in America," he finds out how the local populace is… See more details below
Michael Moore's wickedly iconoclastic documentary was inspired by the decline and fall of Flint, Michigan. Once the site of a thriving General Motors plant, Flint went quickly to seed when GM decided to close down and move out. As Moore pokes around what has been described by one magazine as "the worst place to live in America," he finds out how the local populace is coping with GM's betrayal of the American Dream. Among those visited are a family who is evicted just before Christmas, and an enterprising middle-aged woman who set up a thriving business slaughtering and skinning rabbits. Never feigning objectivity, Moore contrasts the impact of the shutdown on the average Joes and Janes with the diffident reaction of Flint's power elite. The latter's patronizing attitude towards the unemployed multitudes is succinctly captured in the scenes in which visiting celebrities Robert Schuller, Anita Bryant, Bobby Vinton and Pat Boone exhort the citizenry to grin and bear it. Even more out of synch is "Miss Michigan" Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, who in her morale-boosting speech to the disenfranchised GM employees begs them to pull for her in the upcoming Miss America pageant! The film's throughline is Moore's futile effort to locate GM chairman Roger Smith, so that he can show Moore first-hand the utter devastation of Flint. Roger & Me is very funny, but it is the gallows humor of soldiers about to embark on a suicide mission. In 1992, Michael Moore more or less updated Roger & Me with his half-hour short subject Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint.
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|Judy Irving||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Wendey Stanzler||Associate Producer,Editor|
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Michael Moore stretches the truth and rearranges chronologies to create a self-congratulatory ''liberals good, big business bad'' reality for his target audience: liberals between the ages of 21 and 35. Entertaining and profitable (for Moore) but, ultimately, I take points off for being deliberately msleading and dishonest. The Academy felt the same and took it out of nomination contention in the documentary category in 1989.
First of all, this movie is NOT presented in Black and White as the BN description would lead you to believe. This movie is excellent and a great doc on Moore's home town. It's amazing what the city tried to do to help the economy. Unbeknownst at the time, this movie is a sort of foreshadowing for his greatest film to date, Bowling for Columbine, in which an unfortunate incident occurs in Flynt.
Michael Moore is dishonest. I knew of him when he was a skinny, long-haired teenager in Davison, Michigan. That is right. He is not from Flint (like he says). He is from Davison. Ask him why he and his family members drove Toyota cars throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Everyone else in town was driving GM vehicles. Buy this if you enjoy revisionist history.
Anyone who states that Michael Moore is fabricating the truth in this movie has never been to Flint Michigan! I spent my college career at Kettering University, the former General Motors Institute, and I can truthfully say from first hand knowledge that Michael Moore hits the nail on the head. The city was still trying to recover from the problems of the 1980s when I graduated in 1998. This movie should be a ''must see'' for all business and economic majors so they can understand what impact business decisions can have on employees' lives and the surrounding community
you cannot dispute the facts of this movie, or what happened. I have been to grounds where GM laid off thousands and thousands of people and it is depressing to see it what it turned into. And greed is the cause for all of it and it makes me sick. i was very touched by Moore's documentary and hopefully by watching others will see the real truth of greed and selfishness
Thanks for your Conservative view Rob, but those of us who care about humanity really enjoyed the landmark of this movie. Props to Michael Moore! And, oh yeah, see this movie! It shows grim reality and exposes big buisness for the pigs they truly are. This movie is a must see along with Bowling For Columbine. It's all real. It's all about who can ACTUALLY accept the truth. And I think it's obvious some people can't.
I was disillusioned to learn the movie is a fraud. Michael Moore's story of not being able to get Roger Smith to answer questions was completely false. He did interview Smith, but chose to leave the footage out of the movie because the truth contradicted what he wanted to say.
I saw this film in high school as part of our economics class, and it shows how ignorant all those are for buying hondas, toyotas, etc., and how folks were put out of work and had the rug torn out from under them by corporations trying to keep up with the japanese and their 10 cents on the dollar pay structure. Since I started driving, I have owned 3 cars, all of which are fords, assembled in minnesota with 90% or more american made parts, knowing that my car purchase can be an investment in assuring future employment of my fellow citizens, who can keep their american dream and not fall victim to the profit margin being the bottom line of u.s. companies.
This movie captivated and moved me greatly. It is real -- it is an everyday story told of the common man's struggle for survival and respect. I would recommend it to everyone of all walks of life-- This movie reveals something new --yet something known to all of us.