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

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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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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:
Contrary to reports in the news media, Columbine High School is not located within the city of Littleton, Colorado. Littleton is actually the mailing address of the school, not its actual address, which is four miles west of the Littleton city limits in unincorporated Jefferson County (still the suburbs), and is part of Jefferson County Public Schools, not Littleton Public Schools.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Michael Moore:In George Bush's America the poor were not a priority. And after September 11th correcting America's social problems took a back seat to fear, panic and a new set of priorities.
George W. Bush:[Archive speech] One way to express our unity is for Congress to set the military budget and the defense of the United States as the number one priority, and fully fund my request...
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Featured in The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Won't You Be My NeighbourSee more »

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What are the clips shown during "Happiness Is a Warm Gun?"
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158 out of 225 people found the following review useful.
A guerrilla for non violence, 14 December 2002
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

`Bowling for Columbine,' is a very thought provoking film.

Perhaps the first thought it provokes in any US resident is that the most sensible thing he or she could possibly do is move forthwith to Canada. It's nearby, they speak English almost indistinguishable from standard American, it feels `lighter over there,' you get government health care, there are plenty of guns but very little killing, and you don't even have to lock your doors.

The fundamental question `Bowling for Columbine' asks is: What's responsible for the exceptionally high level of killing in America? Not a lot of guns, Moore points out, because other countries have that. Not a violent history, because other countries have that. Not a love of violent movies, video games, and so forth, because other countries love all that too. Not poverty, unemployment, and ethnic diversity, because lots of countries have more poverty and Canada has as much ethnic diversity and more unemployment. Two things, according to Moore, are primary causes: the US media, which, as he shows, fans up fear constantly among the American populace; and the government in Washington, which solves everything by bombing people somewhere. There's a third thing that emerges more subtly: a gun culture, which leads to the absurd notion of self-defense, perpetuating the violence and the fear and the racism. In this the leading force is that powerful lobby, the National Rifle Association. The result of this lethal combination delineated by Moore, particularly since 9/11, is that Americans aren't very happy people: they live in a constant state of rage, perturbation, and fear, when they're not disolved in tears for the dead who're falling in the houses and streets and schools of the country on a daily basis.

`Bowling for Columbine' isn't ultimately very cheery or uplifting stuff. True, it has lots of laughs, but most of them are ironic - a little sick-making, when you think about it -- and at American expense. Those of us who live in the USA and don't actually regard moving to Canada (or somewhere else) as a real option, aren't walking out of this polemical documentary feeling any too cheerful. One may quarrel with Moore's style, though it seems questionable that so many reviewers have expressed disapproval of his personal appearance (what's sloppy dressing got to do with it?). One can hardly quarrel with most of Moore's basic facts or the urgency of his subject or his commitment to it. Because of its significance to Americans on both personal and national levels, "Bowling for Columbine" has to be considered the most important (and it's becoming the most watched) US documentary film in many a year. This is being recognized in all sorts of ways, first of all with the special jury prize at Cannes. We shall see what the Academy has to say.

It's impressive that Moore and two young men seriously injured at Columbine were able by their confrontations to shame Wal-Mart into taking handguns and ammunition out of their stores - and Moore appears to have been surprised and impressed by this result himself.

Moore has seemed crude and simplistic and confrontational in the past. His methods have not radically changed, but they've modulated into something subtler and less self-serving, such that he has an ability to talk more easily with potential adversaries -- bank employees giving out rifles with new accounts; Michigan militiamen; even Charlton Heston, the haughty President of the National Rifle Association, who invites Moore into his house to film a conversation. True, Heston ends up walking out of the room after a while, but he doesn't have Moore thrown out. Nor does Wal-Mart. This is significant. One is tempted to call Moore's methods (as he wields them today) not crude and simplistic and confrontational, but direct, simple, and honest. There's something unimposing and Middle American about his overweight slouch and scruffy baseball cap crowned head. If he lives in a house worth close to $2 million in New York now, you can't tell it from looking at him, and that consciously maintained persona, if we choose to see it thus, aids him in moving through Littleton, Colorado and Windsor, Ontario, and the other places where he got the footage for this devastating, yet simple film. For credibility among US gun-toters like Heston, Moore has an ace in the hole: he's an expert marksman and a lifetime member of the NRA.

Heston walks out because he hasn't good answers; in fact he really hasn't any answers at all. His explanations for why the USA is so violent are ones Moore has already discounted, and he can't justify his brazenly fronting for the National Rifle Association in Colorado and Michigan right after the child murders by children in those two states. Marilyn Manson (the artist accused of complicity at Columbine because the young killers liked his music) in contrast has not only good answers, but also the greatest zinger in the film. When asked what he would have said to the youth at Columbine after the murders, he says: `Not a word. I'd have listened to them. That's what nobody has been doing.' In between telling interviews, Moore has various ways of documenting contexts: an animation, recited statistics with images, and astonishing film clips like the Fifties one of cops admiring how realistic some kids' toy guns are, and the one from a metal-detector company pushing for dress codes in schools, showing a boy with baggy pants unloading a whole arsenal. What's laughable are all such solutions that don't even begin to get at the problem - that are just profiteering from chaos and insecurity.

It's encouraging that so many people are seeing and commenting on this movie. When it was over, I wished the lights would go up and there'd be a discussion group held right there in the auditorium. There was a lot to talk about. Not everything was by any means clear, nor were all the facts to be bought without question. But in one way or another, `Bowling for Columbine' brings up all the most central issues in America today. Michael Moore makes you laugh and cry; but most important, he makes you think.

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