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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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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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Is America a nation of gun nuts? Or just nuts? See more »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$312,914 (Brazil) (20 June 2003)
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Michael Moore:  [Flint]  The elementary school that Moore visits is in Flint, Michigan See more »

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As Charlton Heston walks away from Michael Moore in the final interview, the scene cuts repeatedly between Heston (point of view from behind Moore) and Moore (point of view from the stairs directly in front of Moore) holding a photo of the slain Flint, Michigan girl and asking Heston to look at it. When the POV is of Moore holding the photo, there is clearly no cameraman anywhere behind him. The same with the POV of Heston, there is clearly no cameraman anywhere in front of Moore. So the two POVs were not filmed simultaneously as the film implies. See more »

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Father of Columbine victim: I am here today because my son Daniel would want me to be here today. If my son Daniel was not one of the victims, he would be here with me today. Something is wrong in this country when a child can grab a gun, grab a gun so easily, and shoot a bullet into the middle of a child's face, as my son experienced. Something is wrong. But the time has come to come to understand that a Tech-9 semi-automatic -bullet weapon like that, that killed my son, is not used to kill deer. It has no useful purpose...
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During the opening, archive footage is presented that claims the movie is presented by the National Rifle Association (NRA). See more »

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Symphony No. 9 In D Minor (Choral), Opus 125
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Excerpts from Movement 4 "Presto - Ode to Joy" in the score starting at the bowling alley sequence
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overall, he makes a fair point
13 February 2004 | by (Leeds, England) – See all my reviews

Whatever you may throw at Michael Moore's methods, there are some points made in the film that are valid.

FACT: The United States has a gun-related homicide rate that is totally disproportionate to its population when compared to every other country in the world.

By the end of the film, however, Mr. Moore has already discounted the ownership of guns as a cause, and the blame lies firmly at the feet of the selective and sensationalist media.

By far the most insightful comments in the film are made by Marilyn Manson - namely that there are certain businesses and politicians in the United States that capitalise on on fear.

I don't see this as an anti-gun film, but more an observation of a country that is so completely gripped by fear, that it is spiraling downwards into deep and dangerous paranoia. That this fear is driven by certain forces for profit is sickening and it needs to be uncovered.

When I see so-called 'gun nuts' or apparent racists being interviewed, I feel nothing but pity for them. Their views have been formed by nothing less than the media saturation they are exposed to on a daily basis.

I guess these things are far more apparent to those of us who live outside the USA and witness the continual aggressive acts it perpetrates upon countries that are far too small and weak to defend themselves.

Watch this America, then "South Park, the Movie" and after that take a good long look in the mirror.

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