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The Big One -- Armed only with a camera and a sharp sense of humor, Moore is back in the nation's heartland and searching for an executive who will respond to one question: If Fortune 500 companies are posting record-setting profits, why do they continue laying off thousands of workers? Looking out for the little guy with plenty of laughs along the way.


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10 April 1998 (USA) See more »
Protecting the earth from the scum of corporate America. See more »
On his book tour, Michael Moore exposes more wrongdoing by greedy big businesses and callous politicians around America. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
Chris Floberg .... sound editor (uncredited)
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
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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Rated PG-13 for some strong language
91 min
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Michael Moore's first documentary in 9 years since Roger & Me (1989).See more »
Audience Member:You should run for President! It would send a message!
Michael Moore:What message? Eat out more often?
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some funny and compelling moments, 16 January 2015
Author: SnoopyStyle

After Michael Moore writes 'Downsize This!', he goes on a book tour across America. Along the way, he visits a PayDay chocolate bar plant that is about to close, Forbes' presidential campaign office in Iowa, a secret Borders workers meeting in the parking lot, Rockford, Illinois, Milwaukee, Pillsbury, and then Phil Knight CEO of Nike.

This is the second full-length documentary movie for Moore. By this point, I got used to his advocacy style and one has to take the accuracy of anything shown with a grain of salt. However, it's still compelling with some really amazing personal moments for some of these real people. Moore has some great comedic skills despite his seemingly slubby amateur regular guy persona. He does go over the board with some of these underlings. It's one thing to hound Phil Knight but it's another to hound the minimum wage doorman to one of those corporations. It worked for "Roger & Me" but it's not as effective this time around.

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