ROCK THE VOTE (TV)

Summary

This star-studded special blends comedy, music, and celebrity testimonials in an effort to encourage Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine to vote in the upcoming elections. Using statistics from the first annual MTV/Rock the Vote youth survey, the program attacks apathy and gives viewers reason to believe that their votes matter. The program opens with a rap about voting by Queen Latifah. Other highlights include the following: filmmaker Spike Lee recounts the historical struggle to win the right to vote for African-Americans; actresses Rebecca DeMornay and Laura Dern remind female viewers of the suffragette movement and its fight to win the franchise for women; in a comedy sketch about a disillusioned voter, filmmaker Michael Moore goes around asking offbeat "authorities" (like the President of the Cookie and Biscuits Association) whom they're voting for and why; and throughout the program comedian Robin Williams offers humorous definitions of political terms. Also spread throughout the program is a short film, ÒThe Promise of Steve Wilkens,Ó which tracks the campaign of a young lawyer who challenges a well-established politician for city council and loses by only 200 votes. In addition, the program includes clips of musical performances by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, and U2, and a video montage set to R.E.M.Õs "Drive." Commercials deleted.

Details

  • NETWORK: FOX
  • DATE: September 23, 1992 Wednesdasy 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:47:51
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:29341
  • GENRE: Public affairs/Documentaries
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Voting
  • SERIES RUN: Fox - TV, 1992
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • Marshall Herskovitz … Executive Producer, Developed by
    • Edward Zwick … Executive Producer, Developed by
    • Sally DeSipio … Co-Executive Producer, Developed by
    • Patrick Lippert … Co-Executive Producer, Developed by
    • Alan Poul … Producer, Developed by
    • Nicholas Caprio … Associate Producer
    • Eamon Harrington … Co-Producer
    • John Watkin … Co-Producer
    • Neil Abramson … Director
    • Ted Demme … Director
    • Maurice Linnane … Director
    • Michael Moore … Director
    • Charles Mueller … Director
    • Mark Pellington … Director
    • Neil Tardio, Jr. … Director
    • Eric Barrett … Production (Misc.), Producer - Music Segments
    • Judd Apatow … Producer, For "Ben Stiller"
    • Jim Jones … Producer, For "Ben Stiller"
    • Randy Cohen … Producer, For "Michael Moore: Concerned Voter"
    • Kathleen Glynn … Producer, For "Michael Moore: Concerned Voter"
    • Victor Dubois … Producer, For "The Promise of Steve Wilkins"
    • Charles Mueller … Producer, Director, For "The Promise of Steve Wilkins"
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers, The … Music Group
    • U2 … Music Group
    • Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy … Music Group
    • Deee-Lite … Music Group
    • Queen Latifah … Performer
    • Will Gotay … Cast, Steve Wilkins
    • Penelope Crabtree … Cast
    • David Cunningham … Cast
    • Monica Calhoun … Cast
    • Christina Campbell … Cast
    • Bill Feeney … Cast
    • Kevin Hicks … Cast
    • Jean Speegle Howard … Cast
    • Steven Ingrassia … Cast
    • Drew Katzman … Cast
    • Rosa Li … Cast
    • John Mahon … Cast
    • Athena Massey … Cast
    • Suli McCollough … Cast
    • Michael McKeever … Cast
    • Karla Montana … Cast
    • Marianne Muellerleile … Cast
    • Sandra Nelson … Cast
    • Lydia Nicole … Cast
    • Fred Pinkard … Cast
    • T.E. Russell … Cast
    • Saundra Sharp … Cast
    • Tony Simotes … Cast
    • Daniel Villarreal … Cast
    • Terrence Williams … Cast
    • Lisa Bonet
    • Tom Cruise
    • John Cusack
    • Ted Danson
    • Rebecca DeMornay
    • Laura Dern
    • Danny DeVito
    • Robert Downey, Jr.
    • Michael Douglas
    • Whoopi Goldberg
    • Denis Leary
    • Spike Lee
    • Madonna
    • Marlee Matlin
    • Michael Moore
    • Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Jason Priestley
    • Priscilla Presley
    • R.E.M.
    • Christian Slater
    • Ben Stiller
    • Robin Williams
    • Vanessa Williams