Fast Food Nation (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 November 2006 (USA)
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An ensemble piece examining the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its environmental and social consequences as well.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juan Carlos Serrán ...
Esteban (as Juan Carlos Serran)
Roberto (as Armando Hernandez)
Phil (as Michael Conway)
Jay Anderson (as Ellar Salmon)
Dakota Edwards ...
Stevie Anderson
Debi Anderson
Benny (as Luis Guzman)
Francisco Rosales ...


Don Anderson is the Mickey's food restaurant chain's Marketing Director. He is the inventor of the "Big One" the hamburger best seller of Mickey's. An independent research reports the presence of cow's feces in the Big One. So Don is sent to Cody, Colorado, to verify if the slaughterhouse, main supplier of Mickey's, is efficient as it appears and the production process is regular. During his investigations he discovers the horrible truth behind a simple hamburger; the reality is not like we think it is. Don discovers what the mass production system involves, from the temp workers like Amber, to the exploitation of Mexican irregular immigrants. It is not only the meat that is crushed in the mincing machine, but all our society. Written by 1felco

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for disturbing images, strong sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$410,804 (USA) (17 November 2006)


$1,004,059 (USA) (26 January 2007)

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Did You Know?


This film features a number of castmembers from Director Richard Linklaters 2014 film, "Boyhood": Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, & Marco Perella. See more »


Greg Kinnear's character is credited as "Don Anderson", however, he clearly introduced himself as "Don Henderson" to the cashier after ordering at Mickey's. See more »


Harry Rydell: It is a sad fact of life, Don, but the truth is we all have to eat a little shit from time to time.
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Referenced in Howard Stern on Demand: Wilmer Valderrama (2006) See more »


Written by Ramon Amezuca
Performed by Nortec Collective
Produced by Bostich
Courtesy of Palm Pictures
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Narrative film on the fast food culture in the United States
17 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a difficult film to watch if you are as tired as I am of being ashamed of this country. But maybe, as the film itself says, "The bad guys win until they don't." So go and see it.

It's well done, with an excellent cast, a reasonable script, cinematography that is occasionally better than you wish it were, and excellent editing. It's a complex film that sets out to tell a number of stories that it believes are inextricably entwined... and succeeds pretty well in doing that. It deals with a number of themes and threads ... social, political, and "human stories" ... and connects them all to a process we have collectively enabled ... the high jacking of the food we eat as well as the culture and economy that should nurture and sustain us ... and instead leave us fat and still hungry.

Warning to those who love animals, other humans, and may not be sufficiently desensitized to violence and gore .... you will never eat a hamburger again after seeing this film. You might even go on to question chicken. And you will lose any illusions you might have cherished in the past about the extent to which the industry that sells us this crap goes on to affect the lives of people across the Americas.

You may not enjoy watching Fast Food Nation, but you should make the effort to see it. And, you should make it a point to take at least one person you love that has been eating this kind of junk. You will have done your good deed for the day ...

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