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

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Writer (WGA):
Michael Moore (written by)
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Release Date:
9 October 2002 (France) See more »
Tagline:
What a wonderful world. See more »
Plot:
Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 34 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Media, Corporations, Politicians Have All Done Such a Good Job of Scaring the American Public, It's Come to Where They Don't Need to Give Any Reason At All." See more (875 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Michael Moore ... Himself / Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Salvador Allende ... Himself - President of Chile (archive footage)
Jacobo Arbenz ... Himself - President of Guatemala (archive footage)
Mike Bradley ... Himself - Mayor of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Arthur A. Busch ... Himself - County Prosecutor: Flint, Michigan (as Arthur Busch)

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Caldwell ... Himself - Police Detective
Richard Castaldo ... Himself - Columbine Victim

Dick Clark ... Himself

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Steve Davis ... Himself - Deputy Sheriff (archive footage)
Ngo Dinh Diem ... Himself - President of South Vietnam (archive footage)
Mike Epstein ... Himself - Shopper in Mall
Joe Farmer ... Himself - Superintendent of Schools (archive footage)
Denny Fennell ... Himself - Home Security Consultant
Barry Glassner ... Himself - Author of 'The Culture of Fear' (as Prof. Barry Glassner)

Dick Herlan ... Himself - Former Producer of 'Cops'

Charlton Heston ... Himself (also archive footage)
Jeremy Hix ... Himself - Suspended for Wearing Kilt (archive footage)
Ernest F. Hollings ... Himself (archive footage) (as Senator Fritz Hollings)
Jimmie Hughes ... Herself - Principal of Buell Elementary School

Saddam Hussein ... Himself (archive footage)
Emir of Kuwait ... Himself (archive footage)
Amanda Lamante ... Herself - Columbine Student
Mary Lorenz ... Herself - K-Mart Official

Marilyn Manson ... Himself
Daniel Mauser ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Mauser ... Himself - Father of Victim
Evan McCollum ... Himself - Lockheed Martin Public Relations
Timothy McVeigh ... Himself - Oklahoma City Bomber (archive footage)
Carey McWilliams ... Himself - Blind Gun Owner (archive footage)
Mohammed Mossadegh ... Himself - Prime Minister of Iran (archive footage) (as Prime Minister Mossadeq)
James Nichols ... Himself - Brother of Terry Nichols
Terry Nichols ... Himself - Oklahoma City Bombing Accomplice (archive footage)
Manuel Noriega ... Himself - President of Panama (archive footage)
Tamarla Owens ... Herself (archive footage)
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ... Himself - Shah of Iran (archive footage)

Trey Parker ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert J. Pickell ... Himself - Sheriff of Flint, Michigan (as Sheriff Robert Pickell)
Augusto Pinochet ... Himself - Chilean Dictator (archive footage)
Jeff Rossen ... Himself - Fox Reporter (archive footage)
Nicole Schlief ... Herself - Columbine Student

David Smith ... Himself, Sarah's husband (voice) (archive footage)
Susan Smith ... Herself (archive footage)

Matt Stone ... Himself
Mark Taylor ... Himself - Columbine Victim
Denise Ames ... Sexy Girl with Gun (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Ashcroft ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Emma Bunton ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Aline Chrétien ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jean Chrétien ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Reginald Denny ... Himself - Truck Driver Assaulted During LA Riots (archive footage) (uncredited)
Byron Dorgan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jeff Doucett ... Himself - Man Shot at Airport (archive footage) (uncredited)
R. Budd Dwyer ... Himself - Televised Suicide (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leon Errol ... Actor in Movie Clip (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mike Fasolo ... Corporate Criminal (uncredited)

Sarah Ferguson ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eric Harris ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Heinrich Himmler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Rob Huebel ... Corporate Criminal (uncredited)

Brandon T. Jackson ... Himself (uncredited)
Daniel V. Jones ... Himself - Televised Shotgun Suicide (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Kerry ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dylan Klebold ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joe Lieberman ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dennis Morgan ... Actor in Movie Clip (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harold Moss ... Character in 'A Brief History of the United States of America' (voice) (uncredited)
Maritza Martin Munoz ... Herself - Woman Murdered by Ex-Husband on Spanish TV Show 'Ocurrio Asi' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Oliver North ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Emilio Nunez ... Himself - Man Who Murdered Ex-Wife on Spanish TV Show 'Ocurrio Asi' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gary Plauche ... Himself - Shooting Jeff Doucett (archive footage) (uncredited)
Prince Andrew ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Prince Charles ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pat Robertson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Chris Rock ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jessica Savitch ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Moore 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Michael Moore (written by)

Produced by
Chris Aldred .... field producer
Gillian Aldrich .... field producer
Charles Bishop .... producer
Jim Czarnecki .... producer
Michael Donovan .... producer
Kurt Engfehr .... co-producer
Jeff Gibbs .... field producer
Kathleen Glynn .... producer
Tia Lessin .... supervising producer
Michael Moore .... producer
Meghan O'Hara .... field producer
Siobhan Oldham .... line producer
Charlie Siskel .... field producer
Wolfram Tichy .... executive producer
Rehya Young .... coordinating producer
 
Original Music by
Jeff Gibbs 
 
Film Editing by
Kurt Engfehr 
 
Production Management
David Coole .... post-production supervisor
Jenipher Ritchie .... executive in charge of production: Salter Street Films
Dirk Wilutzky .... executive in charge of production: VIF 2
 
Art Department
Ryan Sias .... storyboard designer: animation sequence (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joe Caterini .... supervising sound editor
Rob Daly .... dialogue editor
Rob Daly .... sound effects editor
James Demer .... sound
Patrick Donahue .... dialogue editor
Patrick Donahue .... sound effects editor
Brian Foley .... additional sound
Matthew Haasch .... dialogue editor (as Matt Haasch)
Matthew Haasch .... sound effects editor (as Matt Haasch)
Francisco La Torre .... sound (as Francisco Latorre)
Tom Lino .... animation sound: FlickerLab
Elizabeth Marcus .... additional sound editor
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording mixer
David Alvarez Zerpa .... adr recordist intern (uncredited)
David K. Grant .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Bell .... additional camera operator
Mike Casey .... additional camera operator
Brian Danitz .... camera operator
Mike Desjarlais .... additional camera operator (as Michael Desjarlais)
Craig Hymson .... additional camera operator
Mikey Jackson .... assistant camera
Edward C. Kukla .... additional camera operator
Michael McDonough .... camera operator
Joe Monge .... video supervisor
Gregg Easterbrook .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Matthew Bookbinder .... animator: FlickerLab
David Concepcion .... animator: FlickerLab
Gaia Cornwall .... animator: FlickerLab
Miguel Hernandez .... animator: FlickerLab
Harold Moss .... animator: FlickerLab
Ryan Sias .... character designer: FlickerLab
Kareem Thompson .... animator: FlickerLab
Aneurin Wright .... animator: FlickerLab
 
Editorial Department
Lou Acosta .... assistant on-line editor
Jon Budine .... additional on-line editor
Karl George .... assistant on-line editor
Bob Gleason .... on-line editor
Luis Ortiz Guillen .... assistant editor
Shannon Guirl .... assistant editor
Walter Lefler .... colorist
Mike Maguire .... colorist
Frederick O'Neill .... assistant on-line editor
David Pultz .... color timer
Todd Woody Richman .... associate editor (as T. Woody Richman)
Kristine Smith .... assistant editor
Jane Tolmachyov .... colorist (as Jane Tolmachy)
Laura Weinberg .... assistant editor
David S. Tung .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Christine Bergren .... music clearances
David Reid .... musician
David Wilson .... music editor
David Wilson .... music recordist
Erich Glaubitz .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Josh Fifarek .... driver: cast
David Waszak .... production driver: Mr. Moore (uncredited)
David Waszak .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alexandra Bauermeister .... legal affairs: VIF 2
Debra Beck .... production accountant
Susan H. Bodine .... legal services (as Sue Bodine)
Kelly Bray .... business and legal affairs: Salter Street Films
Rebecca Richman Cohen .... intern
Phaea Crede .... intern
Carl Deal .... chief archivist
Christina DiCerbo .... intern
Josh Fifarek .... production assistant
Lloyd Forcellini .... technical supervisor
Gregory A. Fortner .... production assistant
Lana Garland .... archival staff
Sandy Green .... production accountant
Heike Günther .... production accountant (as Heike Guenther)
Karen Herron .... production assistant
Andreas Hoessli .... archive footage provider
Jessica Hunkele .... intern
Andrew Hurwitz .... legal services
Craig Hymson .... production assistant
Jonathan Irvin .... assistant: Mr. Moore
Markus Janner .... digital supervisor
Catherine Johnston .... researcher
Floyd Kane .... business and legal affairs: Salter Street Films
John Kazlauskas .... production assistant
Gina Kim .... archival staff
Caitlin Krapf .... intern (as Caitlin Taylor)
Jayne Laube-Nelson .... production assistant
Nicky Lazar .... researcher
Donna Lee .... archival staff
Monika Lohrbeer .... production assistant
Dave MacDougall .... production accountant
Elizabeth Marcus .... researcher
Amy McCampbell .... archival researcher
Lizzy McCarron .... production assistant
Maureen McCarron .... production office manager
Donald McCloskey .... production assistant
Kenna McHugh .... production assistant
Shawn Miles .... production assistant
Katy Mostoller .... archival staff
Huttenberg Nassar .... production assistant
Bryn Neuenschwander .... intern
Alexandra Posada .... intern
Aneetha Rajan .... archival researcher
Hamid Razik .... production assistant
Rich Rinker .... production assistant
Daniel Rivera .... intern
Natalie Rose .... production assistant
George Rubacky .... laser transfer: Arri
Haim Samuels .... intern
Mara Sanchez .... intern
David Schankula .... researcher
Beth M. Schniebolk .... production accountant (as Beth Schniebolk)
Daniella Spinat .... intern
Jason Stoff .... technical finishing supervisor (as Jason E. Stoff)
Anne Sullivan .... production assistant
Charles Suydam .... engineer
Nancy Swartz .... archival staff
Alex Van Nortwick .... production assistant
David Waszak .... production assistant (as David Michael Waszak)
Reneira Wolff .... production accountant
Chris Yaffes .... intern
Cynthia Amsden .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
John Alberts .... in memory of
Terry Allen .... thanks
Tanya Balian .... thanks
Elfin Baumed .... thanks
Brooks Brown .... thanks
Arthur A. Busch .... thanks (as Art Busch)
Lynne Carter .... thanks
Richard Castaldo .... thanks
Herb Cleeves Jr. .... in memory of
Annie Cohen .... thanks (as Ann Cohen)
Rita Dagher .... thanks
Rick DeCroix .... thanks
Ric Dispenseri .... thanks (as Ric Dispensari)
Joanne Doroshow .... thanks
Colleen Fick .... thanks
Daniel Fick .... thanks
Harold Ford .... thanks
Barry Glassner .... special thanks (as Prof. Barry Glassner, USC)
Donna Glynn .... special thanks: our parents
James Glynn .... special thanks: our parents
Pete Hamill .... thanks
Dave Hamilton .... thanks
Alan Hayling .... thanks
Jen Hogan .... thanks (as Jennifer Hogan)
Jennifer Horton .... thanks
Laurent Issure .... thanks
Carole Kabrin .... acknowledgment: still photographs courtesy of
Jim Kiertzner .... thanks
Barbara Kramer .... thanks
David Lowery .... thanks
Rebecca MacKenzie .... thanks (as Rebecca Mackenzie)
Douglas Maio .... thanks
Marilyn Manson .... thanks
Bob Mastronardi .... thanks
Tom Mauser .... thanks
Joyce Maynard .... thanks
Connie Michalik .... thanks
Craig Michalik .... thanks
Elliot Mintz .... thanks
Anne Moore .... thanks
Frank Moore .... special thanks: our parents
Kelsey Binder Moore .... thanks (as Kelsey Binder)
Veronica Moore .... special thanks: our parents
Veronica Moore .... thanks
Matt Nodella .... thanks (as Matthew Nodella)
Yoko Ono .... thanks
Trey Parker .... thanks
Tony Proffer .... thanks
Sam Riddle .... thanks
Dale Ringlein .... thanks
Chris Rock .... thanks
Robbi Siegel .... thanks
Matt Stone .... thanks
Bill Sulzman .... thanks
Mark Taylor .... thanks
Doug Vaughan .... thanks
Amanda Wilcox .... thanks
Laura Wilcox .... in memory of
Nick Wilcox .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for some violent images and language
Runtime:
120 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating on appeal) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:12 | Ireland:12 | Israel:PG | Italy:T | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | Norway:11 | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | South Africa:10V (DVD rating) | South Africa:13V (theatrical rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Zurich) | Switzerland:14 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:15 | USA:TV-MA (cable rating) | USA:R (certificate #39324)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
After Charlton Heston abruptly ended the interview, Michael Moore and his film crew walked down Heston's driveway to find themselves temporarily trapped as the gate closed. Fearing that Heston may have called someone to try and confiscate the interview footage, Moore had his cameraman pass the film through the bars of the gate to staffers waiting outside. Moore then told the staffers to depart immediately with the film. Moore and his crew eventually left Heston's estate without incident.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The film claims that that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold attended a bowling class on the morning of the massacre. This is incorrect as testified in a judicial review.See more »
Quotes:
Canadian:If more guns make people safer, than America would be one of the safest countries in the world. It isn't. It's the opposite.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Mountain TownSee more »

FAQ

What are the clips shown during "Happiness Is a Warm Gun?"
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"Media, Corporations, Politicians Have All Done Such a Good Job of Scaring the American Public, It's Come to Where They Don't Need to Give Any Reason At All.", 13 June 2010
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine is a documentary that is both extremely funny and depressing. We live in a nation of millions of handguns, but that isn't actually what disturbs Moore. What does is that we so constantly fire them at each other. Canada has a comparable percentage of guns to citizens, but a 10th of the shooting deaths. What causes us to kill so many more of one another than they do other developed nations? Moore, the spirited everyman reactionary, makes clear that he's an ex-sharpshooting counselor and a long-standing affiliate of the NRA. However, Moore has grown out of his youthful penchant for guns. In Bowling for Columbine, moreover, he is not so certain of the bottom line as in the popular Roger & Me, a film in which he saw who the bad guys were, and why. Here he asks questions he can't answer, such as why we as a nation feel so scared, such an urge for the consolation of guns. Observing that we relish urban legends meant to make us scared of strangers, Moore observes how TV news concentrates on local violence and says that while the murder rate is down 20 percent in America, TV coverage of violent crime is up 600 percent.

This vital and stimulating documentary is rated R, so that the Columbine killers would have been guarded from the violent images, mainly of themselves. The MPAA maintains its custom of forbidding teenagers from seeing those films they're most justified in seeing. What imaginary realm do the clockwork uniforms of the ratings board believe they are preserving? I do sometimes wonder how we should expect the ratings system should be run, but it's publicly declared to just be an optional industry system that nobody's obligated to abide. Alas, the rating ranked to a film on the whole shapes who sees it in a theater, and what kind of marketing and publicity for the movie will be agreed to by TV and newspapers.

Moore's consideration isn't limited to the dramatic ceremonies he captures to describe his misgivings. He goes various times to Columbine High School, at one point showcasing harrowing security-camera footage of the bloodbath. And Columbine motivates Moore to acquaint us with two surviving students shot at Columbine, both still with bullets lodged in them. He clarifies that all of the Columbine bullets were readily retailed to the teenage killers by Kmart, at 17 cents apiece. And then he takes the two targets to Kmart headquarters to return the bullets for a refund. This is ingenious showmanship and would appear to be convincing for the uncomfortable Kmart public relations spokespeople, who squirm and dodge in front of Moore's callous camera. But then, on Moore's third visit to headquarters, he is told that Kmart will consent to totally diminish the sale of ammunition. Incredibly for him, he's speechless.

The movie is a collage of Moore encounters and accessory clips and shots. One bit that sears to the bone is from a classic stand-up routine by Chris Rock, who professes that our issue could be resolved by just raising the price of bullets, taxing them like cigarettes. Rather than 17 cents apiece, why not $5,000? "There would be no innocent bystanders!" Moore purchases a Star Map to locate Charlton Heston, rings the bell on his gate, and is welcomed back for an interview. But Heston is evidently unaware of Moore's M.O., and his responses to Moore's questions are pretty hopeless. Heston not long after disclosed that he had signs of Alzheimer's disease, but there is no evidence in this footage that he was enfeebled. It's just that he cannot give reason why he, as a man living behind a gate in a safeguarded community, with security patrols, who has never felt himself in danger, requires a loaded gun in the house. Heston is just as ineffective when asked if he believes it was admirable or decent for him to speak at an NRA rally in Denver 10 days after Columbine.

Bowling for Columbine thinks we have way too many guns, don't require them, and are shooting each other at senseless proportions. Moore cannot select a culprit to answer for this reality, since it appears to arise from a country's urge to be armed. Early on, he tours a bank that's handing out guns to people who open new accounts. He questions a banker whether it isn't sort of risky to have all these guns in a bank. Not one bit. The bank, Moore finds, is a licensed gun dealership. I still can't figure that one out.

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