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

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Storyline

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

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15 November 2002 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$209,148, 13 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,244,913, 11 May 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,564,473, 31 December 2002
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Trivia

The Willie Horton ad from the George Bush-Dan Quayle campaign shown during the film is actually two separate ads spliced together. The footage was removed from the VHS version of the film, but not the DVD. See more »

Goofs

The cashiers at K-Mart are not trained nor are they required by company policy to check the identification and credentials of each customer that buys ammunition. This is because they have stores worldwide and the laws for selling ammunition are different per state, and can change on an annual basis. See more »

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Michael Moore: Ten days after the Columbine killing, Charlton Heston came to Denver and held a large pro-gun rally.
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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 »

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Referenced in Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! (2006) See more »

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In The Hall Of The Mountain King
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Spread The Word People - We Want This Film In Top 250!
25 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

I have seen this flick 2 times now, and it only gets better, the message stands even clearer now in my mind.

Therefor I urge people, especially now, to spread the word about this movie, people must see this and hopefully reflect on the subjects laid out in front of us.

Would be nice to get this one in the top 250, as it is perhaps the most most important film of our time!

Yes, it is time...


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