Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

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An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.



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Credited cast:
William Black ...
Himself (archive footage)
Elijah Cummings ...
Himself (as Congressman Elijah Cummings)
Baron Hill ...
Marcy Kaptur ...
Himself (archive footage)
Herself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)


Capitalism: A Love Story examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). The film moves from Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan. With both humor and outrage, the film explores the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings. Moore goes into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington, DC and elsewhere. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal...and 14,000 jobs being lost every day. Capitalism: A Love Story also presents what a more hopeful future could look like. Who are we and why do we behave the way that we do? Written by Overture Films

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$231,964 (USA) (25 September 2009)


$14,359,793 (USA) (11 December 2009)

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Did You Know?


After the film's release, Michael Moore threatened to not make any more documentaries until he saw signs that Americans were heeding his message and taking action for change. In 2011, he cited the Occupy Wall Street movement as a renewal of his hopes, and that he would resume work on another film. See more »


The film depicts a boarded-up house in Bellington, WA; there is no such city in Washington state. It likely meant to say Bellingham, WA. See more »


Michael Moore: Do you have any suggestions for me?
Wall Street Professional: Don't make any more movies.
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A well-made and informative expose of the tragic consequences of unregulated capitalism
1 October 2009 | by (Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Reading some of the other reviews of Capitalism: A Love Story, it soon becomes clear that those leaving low scores either haven't seen the film or have a particular agenda to smear the movie - one reviewer seems to think Angela Merkel's Germany (a centre right politician!) is 'Socialist'! It is this deliberate dumbing down in America of issues surrounding what capitalism is and does (as opposed to socialism) that enabled the conditions for the banks to exploit the worst off in American society and force the taxpayers to foot the bill by bailing them out - and why Americans are still without a universal free healthcare system. Moore takes great pains, and succeeds, in highlighting how this culture of demonising anything that criticises rampant and unregulated free market economics has been firmly established in US society. He has clearly undertaken a measure of research in the production - numerous sources/interviews and facts are used in the narrative - but the best thing for me was that he still manages to keep the more complicated aspects of banking and loans extremely accessible (I'm hopeless at maths!).

Comments that Moore is a socialist are extremely juvenile - Moore is a socialist in the same way that Ghandi was a terrorist or Jesus was a trouble maker.

All in all a very informative and inspiring documentary that dares to mention the elephant taking a big dump in the room.

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