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Canadian Bacon (1995)

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The U.S. President, low in the opinion polls, gets talked into raising his popularity by trying to start a cold war against Canada.

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The US economy is in a rut, and so is the president's approval rating. What we need is a good war, but the Russians aren't interested. Hey -- how about that big polite country to the north? Niagara Falls Sheriff Bud B. Boomer takes this all a bit too seriously, though. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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It Gets Lonely at the Top, When There's No More Butt to Kick. See more »

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Rated PG for mild language and violence | See all certifications »
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22 September 1995 (USA)  »

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Canadian Bacon  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$178,104 (USA)
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Michael Moore was turned down by 47 different film companies before Madonna's Maverick Productions picked up the option. See more »

Goofs

The orange R.C.M.P. Maintenance vehicle has an incorrect R.C.M.P. Logo on the door; with the Letters "R.M.P.C." below and "Royal Mounted Police Canada" shown on the insignia. See more »

Quotes

RCMP Officer at Headquarters: Welcome to Canada.
Boomer: Hold it right there, Canuck!
RCMP Officer at Headquarters: Who are you?
Boomer: I'm your worst nightmare. I'm a citizen with a constitutional right to bear arms!
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No Canadians were harmed during this production. See more »

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References The Dudley Do-Right Show (1969) See more »

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Blowin' In The Wind
Written by Bob Dylan
Published by Special Rider Music
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One trick pony that outstays it's welcome
10 August 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The President of America's ratings have dropped. What he really needs to do is get a war to get his popularity up. However the usual bad guys aren't interested so he decides to start a talking war against Canada. Using the media to stir up anti-Canadian feeling his popularity rises but a group of American citizens take it too far and prepare for invasion.

Michael Moore is a rare talent and many of his programmes and films could be used as a model for anyone wanted to do satire and be both political and funny at the same time. When he's on form he puts our own Mark Thomas into the shade. However with this film he can't take a really good idea and make it last for 90 minutes. Most scenes with the President and his media war with Canada is really sharp and really funny – just like Moore at his best.

However it's the rest of the film outside of this one point that fails. It is just a rambling comedy that doesn't have anything to say or do. Moore is a little lost and it lacks bite and, sadly, laughs. The cast try hard and Candy is watchable if not at his best. Alda is good but a bit too light and friendly to be the president. The rest of the cast are amusing in different ways – Torn, Pollack, Nunn, Spadlin, Wright, Belushi etc are all good.

Overall Moore lacks his usual bite and this one good idea is lost in a film when really it could have been a good 15 minute sketch. The media war is funny and, post 9/11, is quite sharp even though it is a little too light, but outside of that the comments, ideas and laughs dry up.


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