The Big One (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Comedy, Crime  |  10 April 1998 (USA)
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On his book tour, Michael Moore exposes more wrongdoing by greedy big businesses and callous politicians around America.



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


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. <>

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10 April 1998 (USA)  »

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$649,370 (USA) (8 May 1998)

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Moore doesn't address the broader revolutions that would be required to make his ideas stick
12 October 1999 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

The movie is frequently reminiscent of Letterman, visiting corporate headquarters with silly stunts - there's no way for the victims to win; even when they play along, as Phil Knight tries to, there's no room for rational argument. Moore is pretty engaging and energetic, but it soon becomes apparent that his movie has little ambition other than to string together such diverting moments and to hammer away at the main anti-downsizing theme. Astonishing that everyone makes the opposing case so poorly - it's a walk over; an overwhelming victory for the Forces Of Good. But Moore doesn't address the broader revolutions that would be required to make his ideas stick - the corporate heads are surely culpable, but if they didn't play along they'd be fired: it's investment-obsessed America (Beardstown Ladies and all) that keeps this crazy cycle going. Moore has a great gift for getting into the middle of activity and is a great raconteur, but for someone so relentlessly pure on hammering at the same anti-capitalist drum he leaves his own success conspicuously unexamined. The ragbag style is always entertaining though and the film has an appealing zippy pace - reservations aside, the uncertain encounter with Knight makes for a good climax.

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