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"The Awful Truth" (1999) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1999-2000

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The Awful Truth: Season 1: Episode 12 -- Contains episodes "NAFTA Mike", "Strikebreakers" and "The Merger".


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11 April 1999 (USA) See more »
Activist film director Michael Moore hosts a show where he continues his crusade to expose wrongdoing by the high and mighty. Full summary »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Michael Moore ... Himself (24 episodes, 1999-2000)

Series Directed by
Michael Moore (24 episodes, 1999-2000)
Linda Mendoza (3 episodes, 1999)

Tom Gianas (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Nick McKinney (24 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael Moore (24 episodes, 1999-2000)
Annie Cohen (12 episodes, 1999)
Francis Gasparini (12 episodes, 1999)
Henriette Mantel (12 episodes, 1999)
Jay Martel (12 episodes, 1999)

Tom Gianas (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Michael Moore .... executive producer (24 episodes, 1999-2000)
Charlie Siskel .... supervising producer / co-producer (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kathleen Glynn .... executive producer (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Dave Hamilton .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Tia Lessin .... supervising producer / senior producer (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Gillian Aldrich .... associate producer (12 episodes, 1999)
Sarah Smith .... executive producer (12 episodes, 1999)
Michael Donovan .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2000-2001)
Rob Huebel .... producer (12 episodes, 2000-2001)
Marc Henry Johnson .... producer (12 episodes, 2000-2001)
Nick McKinney .... producer (12 episodes, 2000-2001)
Mala Chapple .... line producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Jeremy Scahill .... associate producer (7 episodes, 2000)
Ellin Baumel .... producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Helen Demeranville .... segment producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Patrick Farrelly .... segment producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Siobhan Gervasi .... assistant producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Aideen Kane .... line producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Tammy Leech .... coordinating producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Melanie Martinez .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Eliza Minot .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Rena Mundo .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Kate O'Callaghan .... segment producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Jim Paul .... segment producer (3 episodes, 1999)
George Plamondon .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1999)
James Ridgeway .... consulting producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Brian Rohan .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Nancy Swartz .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Series Cinematography by
Christopher Bigbie (1 episode, 2000)

Brian Danitz (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Randi Snitz (6 episodes, 2000)
Caroline Christie (5 episodes, 2000)
Doug Abel (3 episodes, 1999)
Richard Calderon (3 episodes, 1999)
Meg Reticker (3 episodes, 1999)
David Tedeschi (3 episodes, 1999)
Jim Villone (3 episodes, 1999)
Rachel Kittner (2 episodes, 2000)
Laure Sullivan (2 episodes, 2000)

David Zieff (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Dina Varano (2 episodes, 1999)
Series Makeup Department
Marsha Shearrill .... hair stylist / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1999)
Kathleen Toner .... hair stylist / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1999)
Series Production Management
Andrea Ashton .... production manager (12 episodes, 1999)
Norman Denver .... production supervisor (12 episodes, 2000)
Michele Wilson .... production manager (2 episodes, 1999)

Mike Fountain .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Wendy Stefanelli .... assistant art director (5 episodes, 1999)
Leif Maginnis .... props (3 episodes, 2000)
Kate Sheeley .... second set decorator (2 episodes, 1999-2000)

Curtis Pollock .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Francisco La Torre .... chief field sound / field sound (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Allan Scarth .... sound re-recording mixer (12 episodes, 2000)
Andy Kris .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1999)
Jerry Stein .... field sound (2 episodes, 1999)

Matt Foglia .... post-production audio mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Tara Donnelly .... graphic design (12 episodes, 2000)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Danitz .... chief field camera / field camera operator (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kirk Garreans .... lighting console operator (12 episodes, 1999)
Andrew J. Ryann .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1999)
Mark Raker .... cinematographer (6 episodes, 1999)
Bill Turnley .... field camera operator (3 episodes, 1999)

Christopher Glasgow .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Series Animation Department
Adrian Dimond .... animator (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
David Zieff .... supervising editor / senior editor (14 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kristine Smith .... assistant editor (12 episodes, 1999)
Kurt Engfehr .... senior editor (3 episodes, 1999)
Series Music Department
Chris Cardillo .... music coordinator (12 episodes, 1999)
Bob Golden .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 1999)
Series Other crew
Tom Gianas .... creative consultant (12 episodes, 1999)
Meredith Villano .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1999)
Dan Walter .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1999)
Gideon Evans .... creative consultant / assistant to writers (3 episodes, 1999)
Sharon Clarke .... researcher (2 episodes, 1999)
Tom Gustafson .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1999)
Michelle Johnston .... researcher (2 episodes, 1999)
Myles Reiff .... tape librarian (2 episodes, 1999)
Roberto Rios .... technical director (2 episodes, 1999)
Jefferson Root .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1999)
Brian Sales .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1999)
Rena Zager .... senior researcher (2 episodes, 1999)
Jay Martel .... creative consultant (2 episodes, 2000)

Jill Bigley .... additional crew: Des Moines Iowa (unknown episodes)
Charles Bishop .... production executive (unknown episodes)
Linda Mendoza .... director: live show (unknown episodes)
Gary Oldroyd .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
Frank Moore .... special thanks (6 episodes, 2000)
Veronica Moore .... special thanks (6 episodes, 2000)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Awful Truth with Michael Moore" - USA (complete title)
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30 min (24 episodes)
Australia:M (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Singapore:PG

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Continuity: In the Sodomobile piece, there is a diagram of the U.S. showing that Tennesee is a state where sodomy is illegal, yet when Moore and friends arrive in Tennesee, Michael's voice over claims the exact opposite.See more »
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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009)See more »


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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Hard to stomach?, 28 February 2002
Author: Dr.Teeth from Edmonton, AB

When I was about 15 years old or so, I happened to come across a show on television called "TV Nation." I was completely enthralled by every episode I saw before my local station decided not to continue carrying the show, no doubt in favor of such quality shows as "Friends" or "Touched By An Angel." I thought that "TV Nation" was the best thing to ever happen to television, and I went out and watched as much Michael Moore as I possibly could.

So when the complete first season of "The Awful Truth" came out on video, I knew I had to watch every episode, probably more than twice. I was completely confident that Moore would once again delight and inform me as he did eight years ago.

I quite enjoyed the first episode, how to run a Witch Hunt and the invitation to the funeral. I think my favorite episode so far is the Beat The Rich/Soddomobile one-two knockout. Moore has always been brilliant at staging stunts to shock and embarrass.

But the more I watched the show, the more I noticed: that's all he does. He doesn't really try to change anything, bring any new information to light, or challenge anyone's viewpoints. His documentaries seem to serve as either efforts to upset industrial and capitalist giants or slaps on the back to people of like mindset. "Oh, I'm so glad we're middle class/Liberal/gay-positive, because upper class/Republican/fundamentalist people are so dumb!"

Being a middle class gay-positive liberal, I enjoyed every single episode of "The Awful Truth"s first season. I just wish it had a little more bite and merit as opposed to being a series of mostly impotent guerilla attacks on people and ideas that deserve more focused attention.

Many of the segments are difficult to watch, such as the voice-box choir or Moore's awkward conversation with Lucianne Goldberg, and that gives the show merit. If it was a comfortable show to watch all the time, it'd be a Liberal "60 Minutes." Moore gets to focus our attention on the bad points in America, and hints at the possibilities behind our cold impersonal modernity. At this he succeeds: the shock value of correspondents such as Crackers The Crime Fighting Chicken force eyes to focus on problems that everyone knows about but ignores whenever possible. I congratulate the man on a mostly successful effort and hope that he continues his crusade proudly and does not become a caricature of himself in later years. Rating: 8/10.

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