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
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. <kas@interlog.com>

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


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10 April 1998 (USA)  »

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

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Not ONLY a time capsule
16 July 2004 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

As one user before said, he feels the film to be more of a time capsule today, since the impacts and importance of downsizing has been overwritten by other issues like terrorism, homeland security, 9/11 etc.

Well, I live in Europe and I can just say that here in Europe the film just comes out on DVD (I saw it only yesterday, July 15th, 2004 on TV) at the right time for Europe (if not a little too late). Economical matters are getting worse here in Europe day by day, and the patterns CEO's use to make their companies "profitable" (which should just always correctly read: "MORE profitable) are just the same as CEO's use in the USA. In fact, the only idea that comes to their minds is: downsizing, laying off people and transferring labour into countries with extremely cheap labour-cost. That's all.

Surprisingly there is just very little resistance to these tendencies, even though Europe is (in most countries) far better organised as far as Labour Unions are concerned. People are told by politicians that reforms are necessary, and people just sit back and accept it and continue to suffer.

In this context, "The Big One" by Michael Moore just comes at the right time here in Europe, even though I think that not many of the concerned people will actually see it.

But it's worth watching it, even though sometimes I questioned myself how I could laugh over such sad facts. But this is the virtue of Michael Moore and this film: it doen't leave you desperate, it gives you a laugh at the time and maybe, if we're all lucky, it will lead to a better organisation of the people concerned and to more resistance against the 1 percent of the rich keeping the rest in poverty.

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