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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 »
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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 »
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A liberal's critique 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:
This was the highest-grossing documentary until 2004 when Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)--also directed by Michael Moore--made more in its opening weekend than this movie did in its entire run.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:
[last lines]
Michael Moore:Yes, it was a glorious time to be an American.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Corporation ManSee more »

FAQ

What are the clips shown during "Happiness Is a Warm Gun?"
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108 out of 197 people found the following review useful.
A liberal's critique, 2 August 2004
Author: Jenny (illusoryjane) from Salt Lake City, UT

This movie was entertaining and interesting, but in certain ways it left me wanting. Michael Moore himself is somewhat irritating, and I found myself wishing he kept more to the background than he does. At the same time, the conclusions that he draws are compelling and pragmatic. This movie was not designed to be an argument. It was not designed to sway the viewer. It was designed to fuel the fire of the already convinced. Though I think that this is Moore's intent (concluded from interviews I've read), I feel that goal could be reached at the same time as convincing a few fence-sitters, and that would have made the film more powerful.

I have two main complaints regarding this movie:

First, I felt that Michael Moore sometimes crossed lines in his interviews that in no way seemed to further his cause or drive his point home. He interviews people as though looking for his answer, not their answer, and particularly seemed to be trying to strike a blow at the conservative masses. I thought this distracted the genuinity and plausibility of the conclusions that he drew. It must be said that the conclusions that Moore drew are of a nature that strikes at conservative politics. However, I felt that the facts he represented spoke for themselves, and that the blows should not have been dealt to conservative interviewees by asking questions designed to get emotional responses out of them.

Second, I found some of the statistics needed to be qualified with per capitas or percentages. When comparing the United States to England, for instance, it is important to take population differences and density into consideration. Straight statistics do not apply. I think the statistics were somewhat skewed by this oversight, however according to some rough guesstimates I made, it wouldn't have diminished Moore's point, only made it less dramatic (which would, indeed, have strengthened his case).

These two complaints hint at an even larger problem, however, and that is this: Because Moore presents his case in this way, he can never hope to have his message truly heard by anyone who isn't already on his side.

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