Sicko (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Comedy, Drama  |  3 July 2007 (USA)
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A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.



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Documentary look at health care in the United States as provided by profit-oriented health maintenance organizations (HMOs) compared to free, universal care in Canada, the U.K., and France. Moore contrasts U.S. media reports on Canadian care with the experiences of Canadians in hospitals and clinics there. He interviews patients and doctors in the U.K. about cost, quality, and salaries. He examines why Nixon promoted HMOs in 1971, and why the Clintons' reform effort failed in the 1990s. He talks to U.S. ex-pats in Paris about French services, and he takes three 9/11 clean-up volunteers, who developed respiratory problems, to Cuba for care. He asks of Americans, "Who are we?" Written by <>

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 July 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,969 (USA) (22 June 2007)


£156,173 (UK) (26 October 2007)

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Did You Know?


Insurance companies banned employees from being interviewed in the documentary. See more »


The Italian version consistently mistranslates "bone marrow" as "spinal cord" (in Italian the two terms are more similar). See more »


[first lines]
George W. Bush: We got issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their... their love with women all across the country.
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Crazy Credits

A quote by Alexis de Tocqueville on the greatness of America is shown in the end credits: "The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults." A small postscript is then added: "(He was French.)" See more »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #15.97 (2007) See more »


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This Film is Amazing!!!
13 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Please, cast aside your prejudices and watch this film with an open mind. I personally do not like Michael Moore whatsoever, but this film is mind blowing. I hope that that including quotes from the movie is not considered spoiling it.

Feb 17th, 1971 5:23 P.M.

Ehrlichman : "We have now narrowed down the vice president's problems on this thing to one issue, and that is whether we should include these Health Maintenance Organizations like Edgar Kaiser's Permenente thing." President Nixon : "Let me ask you, you know I'm not too keen on any of these damn medical programs." Ehrlichman : " This is a private enterprise one." Nixon : "Well, that appeals to me." Ehrlichman : " Edgar Kaiser is running this permanente thing for profit. And the reason he can do it... I had Edgar Kaiser come in, and talk to me about this... And I went into some depth... All the incentives are toward less medical care, because the less care they give them, the more money they make." Nixon : "Fine." Ehrlichman : " And the incentives run the right way." Nixon : "Not bad."

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