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Fast Food Nation (2006)

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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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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The Truth Is Hard To Swallow See more »

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

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17 November 2006 (USA)  »

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

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$1,004,059 (USA) (26 January 2007)
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Paul Dano and Greg Kinnear both star in Little Miss Sunshine (2006). See more »

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In the scene where Amber and her friend are driving and talking about going to a college party, an HEB grocery sign is clearly visible in the background. This grocery is only located in Texas, so therefore the girls in Colorado wouldn't be driving by it. See more »

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Paco: Well I can't think of anything right now more patriotic than violating the Patriot Act!
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There's a scene during the credits: During a presentation, Don pitches a new hamburger called "BBQ Big One". See more »

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Features Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 1-12 (2005) See more »

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Respira
Written by A. Garcia, L. Banuelos, V. Banuelos, D. Salas
Performed by La Sinfonia
Courtesy of Sony BMG Entertainment (US Latin) LLC
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Entertainment
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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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