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Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R  |   |  Documentary  |  15 November 2002 (USA)
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Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.



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

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15 November 2002 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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


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

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Michael Moore: [as Charlton Heston is walking away from Moore] Mr. Heston? Just one more thing.
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Michael Moore: Mr. Heston, please don't leave. Mr. Heston, please take a look at her. This is the girl.
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Crazy Credits

In the credits, there is a thank you to Mike's Militia - Athens Branch. This does not exist - Michael Moore, during his speaking engagement at Ohio University, to promote his book, "Stupid White Men," screened two versions of the "History of gun control" animated segment, which featured the same animation but different narration. The audience was asked to vote on which of the two versions should be included. After choosing a version, Moore claimed he would include Athens, Ohio and the audience in the credits, but wasn't sure what name to give credit to. Several suggestions were shouted out and Mike Michigan Militia, Athens, OH branch was finally chosen. See more »


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The key to understanding the american dream (or nightmare?)
30 May 2003 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This movie makes me feel that it is the first time i just remotely understand the American society. Michael Moore explores the darkest side of America - the society built on fear. Fear of terrorists, fear of the coloureds fear of your neighbor. It appears that americans have lost perspective, not noticing the real dangers of life: pollution, traffic, e.t.c. With TV-channels telling stories only about violence and terrorism and populistic politicians scaring people to vote for them Americans trust only in themselves.

Michael Moore tries with this movie to make the Americans consider and think for themselves being rationals, and to tell the rest of the world how the American society works. Really something to think about... See it, its necessary

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