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Writer:
Michael Moore (written by)
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Release Date:
10 April 1998 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Protecting the earth from the scum of corporate America. See more »
Plot:
On his book tour, Michael Moore exposes more wrongdoing by greedy big businesses and callous politicians around America. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
6 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Moore's "Big One" See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Michael Moore ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elaine Bly ... Herself - Random House Media Escort

Dan Burns ... Himself - Radio Personality
Chip Carter ... Himself - Forbes Campaign

Bill Clinton ... 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

Garrison Keillor ... Himself
Andy Crash Kelly ... Himself - Radio Personality

Phil Knight ... Himself - Nike Chairman
Tia Lessin ... Herself (as Tia)
Mike McCurry ... Himself - White House Spokesman (archive footage)
Diane Mitchell ... Herself, Chicago Media

Rick Nielsen ... Himself - Entertainer
Keith Peters ... Himself - Nike Public Relations Director
Loretta Sanchez ... Herself - Congresswoman Elect (archive footage)

Chris Smith ... Himself (as Chris)

Jerry Springer ... Himself (archive footage)

Studs Terkel ... Himself - Author / Radio Host
Armstrong Williams ... Himself - Radio Talk Show Host

Directed by
Michael Moore 
 
Writing credits
Michael Moore (written by)

Produced by
Jim Czarnecki .... line producer
Jeremy Gibson .... executive producer
Kathleen Glynn .... producer
Tia Lessin .... coordinating producer
David Mortimer .... executive producer
Dianne Griffin .... line producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
The World Famous Blue Jays (original music score written by)
 
Cinematography by
Brian Danitz (director of photography)
Chris Smith (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Meg Reticker 
 
Production Management
Maria Silver .... production manager
 
Art Department
Josh Laurence .... graphics
Dave Rogers .... graphics
 
Sound Department
John Alberts .... sound mixer
Dan Edelstein .... assistant sound mixer
Matt Foglia .... assistant sound mixer
Paul Furedi .... assistant sound mixer
Andy Kris .... sound editor
Sarah Price .... sound
Peter Waggoner .... sound mixer
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Brown .... additional camera operator
Matt Buchholz .... additional camera operator
Ryan Burchett .... additional camera operator
Jeff Campbell .... additional camera operator
Chad Davidson .... additional camera operator
Scott Drzycimaki .... additional camera operator (as Scott Drzycimski)
Jay Elkayam .... additional camera operator
Geoffrey O'Connor .... additional camera operator (as Geoff O'Connor)
Matt Shapiro .... additional camera operator
Jason Shoultz .... additional camera operator
Joshua Zeman .... camera operator: second unit (as Josh Zeman)
Kelly Nathe .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mike Aldana .... assistant on-line editor (as Michael Aldana)
Richard Bergelson .... assistant on-line editor
Arnold Branch .... on-line editor
Ron Ng .... assistant on-line editor
Peter Ringer .... on-line editor
Ralph Scaglione .... on-line editor
Jim Villone .... associate editor
David C. Whitten .... color timer
 
Music Department
Jay Sherman-Godfrey .... music consultant
Jeremy Tepper .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Bill Bailey .... production assistant
Michael Bianchi .... production assistant
Douglas Bobenhouse .... production assistant
John Brudenell .... production assistant
Laura Chapnick .... production assistant
Stephen Charbonneau .... intern
Kathy Choe .... intern
Devorah DeVries .... production coordinator (as Devorah Devries)
Molly Donnellon .... production assistant
Hank Flynn .... production assistant
Danielle Frank .... intern
Harry Gant .... production assistant (as Harry Gnat)
Shon Gillilan .... intern
Diane Griffin .... production assistant
Justin Holstein .... production assistant
Michelle Johnston .... assistant production coordinator
Melissa Kurpinski .... production assistant
Phillip Mallisham .... production assistant
James C. Roach .... production assistant
Stuart Robertson .... intern
Nanu Segal .... intern
Chris Slater .... production assistant
Steve Smith .... production assistant
Adam Speigelman .... production assistant
Nicole Willson .... intern
 
Thanks
Gillian Aldrich .... grateful acknowledgment
James Ananich Jr. .... grateful acknowledgment
Dave Barber .... grateful acknowledgment
Brian Belfiglio .... grateful acknowledgment
Peter Berkow .... grateful acknowledgment
Rod Birleson .... grateful acknowledgment
Jason Blum .... grateful acknowledgment
Elaine Bly .... grateful acknowledgment
Peter Bradbury .... grateful acknowledgment
William Bradley .... grateful acknowledgment
Garry Burbank .... grateful acknowledgment
Dan Burns .... grateful acknowledgment
Roger Bybee .... grateful acknowledgment
Tom Callaghan .... grateful acknowledgment
Lori Casadonte .... grateful acknowledgment
Steve Dandaneau .... grateful acknowledgment
Carl Deal .... grateful acknowledgment
Rose Ann DeMoro .... grateful acknowledgment
Joanne Doroshow .... grateful acknowledgment
Cassie Ehrenberg .... grateful acknowledgment
Christine Fall .... grateful acknowledgment
Jon Feltheimer .... special thanks
Bill Gallagher .... grateful acknowledgment
Terry George .... special thanks
Mary Gielow .... grateful acknowledgment
Dolores Glynn .... special thanks
Donna Glynn .... special thanks
James Glynn .... special thanks (as James)
Buddy Gray .... grateful acknowledgment
Catherine Grimes .... grateful acknowledgment
Ann Frances Hamill .... grateful acknowledgment
Tim Hedges .... grateful acknowledgment
Rita Higgins .... special thanks
Al Hirvela .... grateful acknowledgment
Jen Hogan .... grateful acknowledgment (as Jennifer Hogan)
Michael Jackson .... special thanks
Katherine Katsens .... grateful acknowledgment
Garrison Keillor .... grateful acknowledgment
Andy Kelly .... grateful acknowledgment
Roger Kerson .... grateful acknowledgment
Jeanette King-Segnini .... grateful acknowledgment (as Jeannette King-Segnini)
Beth Kotler .... grateful acknowledgment
Michael Lavine .... acknowledgment: archival footage
Selina Lewis .... grateful acknowledgment
Frank Mahoney .... acknowledgment: archival footage
Debbie Manners .... grateful acknowledgment
Sean McTernan .... grateful acknowledgment
Diane Mitchell-Urman .... grateful acknowledgment
Frank Moore .... special thanks (as Frank)
Veronica Moore .... special thanks
Wung Mortimer .... special thanks
Barbara Moss .... grateful acknowledgment
Rick Nielsen .... grateful acknowledgment
Rick Patterson .... grateful acknowledgment
Ann Patty .... special thanks
John Peck .... grateful acknowledgment
Ruth Pleanar .... grateful acknowledgment
Josh Porter .... grateful acknowledgment
Suzy Quinones .... grateful acknowledgment
Richard Renaldi .... acknowledgment: archival footage, Impact Visuals
Matthew Robesch .... grateful acknowledgment
John Rogers .... grateful acknowledgment
Martin Rogers .... acknowledgment: archival footage, FPG Int'l
Natalie Rose .... special thanks
Brian Springer .... acknowledgment: archival footage
Jack Stanzler .... grateful acknowledgment
Ken Starr .... special thanks
Alicia Strickland .... grateful acknowledgment
Eric Tannenbaum .... special thanks
David Tenzer .... special thanks
Studs Terkel .... grateful acknowledgment
Kathy Tirschek .... grateful acknowledgment
Ciara Carolyn Torres .... grateful acknowledgment
Bob Weinstein .... grateful acknowledgment: ...and especially
Harvey Weinstein .... grateful acknowledgment: ...and especially
Laurie White .... grateful acknowledgment
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some strong language
Runtime:
91 min
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Trivia:
In the time elapsed since this film was made, Media Play, where Michael does one of his signings, has since gone out of business.See more »
Quotes:
Audience Member:You should run for President! It would send a message!
Michael Moore:What message? Eat out more often?
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Soundtrack:
On The Road AgainSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Moore's "Big One", 18 July 2008
Author: dee.reid from United States

From the back of the DVD cover of "The Big One": "If Fortune 500 companies are posting record-setting profits, why do they continue laying off thousands of workers?"

That's the fundamental question this movie poses to the viewer.

In "The Big One," filmmaker Michael Moore goes on a Random House book tour promoting "Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American." In a hilarious whirlwind tour across the United States that takes him from Milwaukee, to Philadelphia, to Ft. Lauderdale, to Rockford, to Des Moines, to Harvard University and finally to his hometown of Flint, Michigan, Moore asks that fundamental question while also exposing corporate corruption and callous politicians in the Clinton-era America of the mid-1990s, and also playing good-humored pranks on the assorted media escorts hired to keep him out of trouble.

Moore's book tour travels are mixed with blazing stand-up comedy and visits with out-of-work or soon-to-be out-of-work employees at these major companies that are making record-setting profits but continue to lay off their workers, when they should be hiring more workers. He also talks clandestinely with employees at a Des Moines Borders who were forced out of a book-signing and also had money being taken out of their paychecks to pay for a doctor as part of an out-of-state health care plan. These same workers were also trying to organize a labor union.

He also meets a woman at a book-signing who was laid off earlier that day and she wanted desperately to meet him. We are also quite startled to learn that TWA has found cheap labor in prison convicts for their phone-answering services. At the end, he's granted with his first (and only) interview with the C.E.O. of Nike, which has a company in Indonesia that hires underage workers. Moore offers numerous challenges to which the chairman turns them all down - exposing his callousness and greed - and the C.E.O. finally caves to donate $10,000 to Flint, Michigan's struggling school system.

"The Big One" is perhaps Moore's most underrated feature. Of course the film seems like a time capsule 11 years later since corporate downsizing and corruption have taken a backseat to terrorism, America's simultaneous conflicts with terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the global War on Terror. But I also have to say that "The Big One" is perhaps Moore's funniest film to date (my personal favorite is his 2004 anti-Bush "Fahrenheit 9/11," and I have yet to read "Downsize This!"). But underneath the biting comedy, there is also a strong sense of anger and sadness that Moore delivers with some pretty strong passion. Some bits of "The Big One" are just downright depressing. He knows something's wrong with all the big corporations that continue making record profits but lay off the workers when they should be hiring more.

While the movie is incredibly funny, Moore has been criticized for not offering solutions to all the people he encounters. The answer is simple, he just doesn't have any. There's nothing he can do to change the minds of greedy executives who would send jobs abroad rather than keep them here in America because they don't have to pay the workers as much. He's only one man who has been the ire of corporate America for nearly 20 years now, and it doesn't seem like he's any closer to winning his crusade.

"The Big One" is Moore's "Big One," all right, full of humor and satire aimed at his one true enemy, corporate America. It's not his best movie, but it proves that he still has the ability to expose corruption everywhere he sees it and show us that something is indeed wrong in this Land of the Free.

10/10

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