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

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Michael Moore (written by)
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Release Date:
15 November 2002 (USA) See more »
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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 35 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
shameful propaganda See more (877 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)

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
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
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:
The first rough cut of the film ran about six hours.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: A clip of a Godzilla-type monster roaring is shown while showing gun-related death rates for Japan. The clip, however, is from Gorgo (1961), which was a UK production.See more »
Quotes:
Michael Moore:One thing was clear. It still sucked being a teenager. And it really sucked going to school.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Area 51: Site 4 (1996) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Won't You Be My NeighbourSee more »

FAQ

What are the clips shown during "Happiness Is a Warm Gun?"
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
shameful propaganda, 23 February 2003

I watched this film with the genuine intention of getting an intelligent insight into the gun violence issue. After seeing it I cannot believe it's actually rated 9 out of 10, along with masterpieces of international cinema. Beside very average editing and technical aspects, this ought to be one of the most intellectually flawed and biased work I've ever seen.

First, the definition of propaganda is "systematic efforts to spread opinions or beliefs, especially by distortion and deception". It describes Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine perfectly. In the beginning it seemed like a simple gun control support video, but in the process went as far as to promote the idea that the lack of social programs causes national violence!

A good documentary is made with the objective presentation of the best arguments on each side of an issue and then the viewer can make his own opinion. The director mostly showed stupid people supporting the second amendment without having any idea about its real purpose, as if it was an argument against it. There are intelligent and stupid people supporting every issue in this world, their personal opinions are not worth anything. Obviously, Moore used isolated cases to prove his point and give the impression that he "cares" (he certainly cares about his popularity), unlike those big corporate monsters. I think directly convincing K-Mart to stop selling firearms and bullets was acceptable because they are a private company and should listen to their consumers. It's not the same thing as going to the government and enforce this decision with laws. Moreover, you can make real life cases say anything. If I were to show you a film where car accidents kill innocent victims and I show their tears and wounds in close-up, would it convince you to support the ban of motor vehicles? Of course not, because even if cars kill a lot of people, their benefit to society is more important than a few tragic accidents. Same thing with guns; of course accidents happen and some people are not responsible, but they're really a minority and you can't make all the others pay for their mistakes.

The most striking example of distortion was when the film tried to show Canada (where I live) as some sort of "social paradise" where everyone is peaceful and happy because it has left-wing policies. The fact that people "don't remember the last murder that happened in their town" is not really extraordinary since the entire Canadian population is about the same as the state of California (30 million). In 1989, a former soldier killed 14 women with a registered gun in a Montreal engineering school because he hated feminists. Did Moore talk about this incident? I agree that the relative number of crimes is still higher in the US, but it depends greatly on the region. The belief that you just need to cross the border to see a complete change of mentality is a foolish stereotype. Canadian newscasts are as violent and as "fear-inducing" than the American ones.

Also, when the director asks the guy out of the hospital how much it cost him to get treated and presents "nothing" as the answer, maybe he forgot to say that income tax and other fees take more than 50% of someone's salary in Canada. Maybe he also forgot to show the situation in Canadian medical facilities where doctors and nurses work so many hours they have a hard time staying awake, where patients must wait for hours if not days in emergency rooms, where people in need of expensive operations are put on a list and sometimes die before their name comes out of the bag. The public healthcare system will collapse like the Soviet Union in no time. Furthermore, the suicide rates are among the highest in the world; seems like paradise is not on this Earth.

What I don't understand is the focus of the NRA on the second amendment. Having the right to do something does not mean you should do it, and forcing people to own guns is no better than restricting them. The American Constitution is clear on certain freedoms, but forgot a lot of important ones (drugs and alcohol consumption for example). Some people forget that the second amendment is only part of a general statement of personal liberty and responsibility. I think the two most intelligent speakers in the film were Matt Stone (South Park is a great political cartoon by the way) and Marilyn Manson. Maybe so many people are violent in America because everybody tries so hard to put the blame on anything but personal responsibility. When each individual will be able to say `it's my fault if I'm this way and if I'm not happy with it I should change myself, not others' this will be a better world.

I could say a lot more about freedom but the word limit prevents me from doing so. My only guess for the high rating of BFC is that it said what anti-Americans and socialists, the target audience of the film, wanted to hear. A critical and thoughtful analysis of violence based on empirical data would have got much worst reviews.

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