Bowling for Columbine (2002) Poster


Because the film didn't fit neatly into any established categories at Cannes, the Jury created a special 55th Anniversary Award just for the film.
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At the Cannes Film Festival the film received a standing ovation that lasted 13 minutes.
Contrary to popular belief, South Park (1997) creator Trey Parker and co-creator Matt Stone had nothing to do with the animated section of this film. Stone was enraged, believing that Michael Moore had intentionally left the impression that he and Parker had made it. For that reason, Michael Moore was portrayed in an amusingly negative fashion in Parker and Stone's film Team America: World Police (2004).
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.
When the movie won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003), Michael Moore sparked a controversy by denouncing the George W. Bush administration on stage.
In May 2002 this film became the first documentary to compete in the Cannes Film Festival's main competition in 46 years.
The first rough cut of the film ran about six hours.
The quote of Charlton Heston saying "From my cold dead hands!" was from the NRA convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in spring 2000.
In 2003 this became the first documentary to be nominated for and win a WGA Award for its screenplay.
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.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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.
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One of George Price's 20 Favourite Movies, in which Bowling for Columbine (2002) was tied with Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) and Three Miles North of Molkom (2010).
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Michael Moore: [Flint] The elementary school that Moore visits is in Flint, Michigan
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
After two years of trying to get an interview with Charlton Heston, Michael Moore was going to give up. Showing up at Heston's house was totally spontaneous--on the way to the airport, a staff member suggested that they buy a "Map to the Stars' Homes" to find the house.

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