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Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.



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The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed. In doing so, he learns that the conventional answers of easy availability of guns, violent national history, violent entertainment and even poverty are inadequate to explain this violence when other cultures share those same factors without the equivalent carnage. In order to arrive at a possible explanation, Michael Moore takes on a deeper examination of America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence in a nation with widespread gun ownership. Furthermore, he seeks to investigate and confront the powerful elite political and corporate interests fanning this culture for their own unscrupulous gain. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$209,148 (USA) (11 October 2002)


$312,914 (Brazil) (20 June 2003)

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In 2003 this became the first documentary to be nominated for and win a WGA Award for its screenplay. See more »


A clip of a Godzilla-type monster roaring is shown while showing gun-related death rates for Japan. The clip, however, is from Gorgo, which was a UK production. See more »


Michael Moore: Do you like living here?
Canadian: I like it very much.
[notices his T-shirt that reads "I *heart* NY]
Michael Moore: And your T-shirt?
Canadian: The T-shirt, too.
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Crazy Credits

There is no cast list, either at the start of the film or at the end. People are credited either by subtitle, by the narrator or by themselves. See more »


References Ben-Hur (1959) See more »


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Performed by Bob Golden & Lance Doss
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A movie that should be mandatory for all politicians
16 March 2004 | by (Portland, OR, USA) – See all my reviews

Yes Mr. Moore may lean left, and yes he may not be the most objective documentarian.

However the facts stand: America has many, many more deaths attributed to guns than any other nation. It's a sad truth.

Unfortunately Mr. Moore has been vilified for asking why. And typical of the "head-stuck-in- the-sand" mentality of the far right, they are angry for his work, not at the facts.

This movie is well done and if you're left, right, in-between, gun nut, or responsible gun owner it is definitely worth viewing.

I suspect most of the negative comments posted about this movie at IMDB and similar sites are by people who haven't seen the movie. They're just angry at what they perceive the movie to be.

It isn't a movie about gun control. It's a movie that merely ask why so many deaths.


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