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The Big One (1997)

On his book tour, Michael Moore exposes more wrongdoing by greedy big businesses and callous politicians around America.

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Michael Moore

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Michael Moore
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A 30-minute follow-up piece for Roger & Me, this was first shown when that film was broadcast as part of the PBS series P.O.V. Moore briefly re-examines the economic collapse of Flint and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Moore ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elaine Bly Elaine Bly ... Herself - Random House Media Escort
Dan Burns Dan Burns ... Himself - Radio Personality
Chip Carter Chip Carter ... Himself - Forbes Campaign
Bill Clinton ... Himself - Presidential Candidate (archive footage)
Jim Czarnecki Jim Czarnecki ... Himself (as Jim)
Brian Danitz Brian Danitz ... Himself (as Brian)
Robert Dornan Robert Dornan ... Himself - Congressman (archive footage)
Joel Feick Joel Feick ... Himself - Radio Commentator
Steve Forbes ... Himself - Presidential Candidate (archive footage)
Doug France Doug France ... Himself - Random House Representative
Mary Gielow Mary Gielow ... Herself - Media Escort in Milwaukee
Bev Jacowski Bev Jacowski ... Herself, Johnson Controls representative
Richard Jewell ... Himself - Innocent Guy
Kevin Keane Kevin Keane ... Himself - Governor Thompson's Press Secretary
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Storyline

Our intrepid defender of the working man, Michael Moore, documents his 1996 "Downsize This!" book tour across the USA. Shot on-the-cheap with a video camera, we once again watch our hero interview the working man at yet another plant closing, while also trying to get past corporate security guards to interview the millionaire CEOs. Written by Tim G. <kas@interlog.com>

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I WANT YOU to help me kick corporate America's &*%! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Cortando Custos See more »

Filming Locations:

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$146,909, 12 April 1998

Gross USA:

$720,074

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$720,074
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Moore: [Flint] Moore tries to convince Phil Knight to open a factory in Flint, Michigan. See more »

Quotes

Michael Moore: [referring to McDonald's] They put vegetables on my fish filet. Fuckers.
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Crazy Credits

Credits are interrupted with scenes concluding previous parts of the film, including a final appeal to the CEO of Nike to open a factory in the U.S. or pay Indonesians a living wage. See more »

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Big Bird
(1968)
Performed by Eddie Floyd
Written by Eddie Floyd and Booker T. Jones
Courtesy of Ace Records
By kind permission of Irving Music Inc.
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But I thought my company would take care of me!
25 June 2004 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

Very good documentary on the uncaring greed of corporate Amerika. I was, as usual, vastly amused by the corporate "whores" who went scampering for the shadows when Moore turned his light on them. Many wouldn't even let him stay in the lobby. These little weasel butt kissers will someday, if there is any justice, feel the unemployment boot crunching down on their own pathetic, fearful little craniums. Amazing how some folks can downsize their brains into feeling "my company" is always right: they need to stop genuflecting at the alter of this false god and wake up to a world of charity for their fellow man. I've been watching Moore for a while, and I don't always agree with him, but I feel he is dead on in his indictment of American conglomerates and their villainous leaders. The reply of Nike's CEO to Moore's question about his employees in the far east was telling indeed: "I don't care." Chilling.


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