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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The New Movie  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$231,964, 27 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,359,793, 13 December 2009
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1.85 : 1
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Scenes included in the "Special Features" section of the DVD release:
  • 1. Dan Kildee, elected treasurer of Genesee County, Michigan (which contains Flint), interviewed by Michael Moore about his practice of seizing homes being used for real-estate speculation on the basis that their absentee owners are not maintaining them, then tearing them down and putting in gardens in their place.
  • 2. An extended interview with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) in which he considers whether an alternative economic system to capitalism is needed.
  • 3. Interview with author and former New York Times war correspondent Christopher Hedges on "the killing machine known as capitalism."
  • 4. Extended interview with Father Dick Preston on how and why capitalism violates the basic moral tenets of Christianity and the world's other major religions.
  • 5. The complete speech to the nation former President Jimmy Carter made on July 15, 1979, calling for a massive federal program to change from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources and also asking Americans to accept and embrace energy conservation (this speech has gone down in history as Carter's "malaise" speech--though in fact he never used that word.)
  • 6. Interview with Michael Pollan, UC Berkeley professor and best-selling author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma," on how capitalism affects the food supply and where the real profits in food are made (in processing rather than growing).
  • 7. Interview with Fred Schepartz, Rebecca Kemble, Brian Hill, Brian Warneke and Karl Schulte, employee-owners of the cooperatively owned Union Cab Co. in Madison, Wisconsin.
  • 8. Interview with Prof. Tom Webb, expert on worker cooperatives.
  • 9. Profile of the state-owned Bank of North Dakota with political scientist Dr. Roxanne Emerson Junker.
  • 10. Extended interview with attorneys Max Rameau and his partner Bernadine of Take Back the Land in Miami, Florida, which organizes resistance to foreclosures and helps families keep their homes.
  • 11. Trailers.
  • 12. Credits.
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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 »


Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Is this the United States Congress, or the board of directors of Goldman Sachs?
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Crazy Credits

"No man ought to own more property than needed for his livelihood; the rest, by right, belonged to the state." - Benjamin Franklin See more »


Features American Idol (2002) See more »


from Frost/Nixon (2008)
Written and Performed by Hans Zimmer
Courtesy of Universal Studios
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Conclusive proof of Congressional corruption beyond a shadow of a doubt
4 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

1. You know the document Hank Paulsen "forced" the top 9 banks to sign to take billions in dollars in a one page letter? Did you know it contained one sentence, "This agreement cannot be reviewed by any court" clause, putting all of them above the laws you and I have to follow or be jailed? This one minute of the film is worth the price of the ticket. It conclusively proves the corruption, fraud, and taxpayer theft going on right before our eyes by our congressional representatives. 2. Delete a few f**ks, and this would be a "G" rated movie. Why would Michael Moore accept a very undeserved "R" rating? 3. Every fact stated in the movie can be proved. So why do his critics say he lies just to make money? Every moviegoer has been affected by the facts so brilliantly portrayed. Yet they prefer keeping their heads in the sand while their grandchildren are saddled with so much phony debt. 4. Michael didn't include it, but Goldman Sachs' tax rate last year was One Per Cent of their profits. Try paying a one per cent tax rate on your earnings and see what happens. 5. See this movie and tell your friends.

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