After General Motors closes its factory in Flint, Michigan, eliminating 35,000 jobs, filmmaker Michael Moore undertakes a quixotic quest to interview General Motors' chairman, Roger B. Smith.

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Michael Moore

Writer:

Michael Moore
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Moore ... Self
Roger B. Smith Roger B. Smith ... Self
Rhonda Britton Rhonda Britton ... Self - Pets or Meat Lady
Fred Ross Fred Ross ... Self - Eviction Deputy
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Kaye Lani Rae Rafko ... Self (Miss America)
James Blanchard James Blanchard ... Self
James Bond James Bond ... Self
Pat Boone ... Self
Anita Bryant ... Self
Karen Edgely Karen Edgely ... Self
Bob Eubanks ... Self
Ben Hamper Ben Hamper ... Self
Dinona Jackson Dinona Jackson ... Self
Timothy Jackson Timothy Jackson ... Self
Tom Kay Tom Kay ... Self
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A documentary about the closure of General Motors' plant at Flint, Michigan, which resulted in the loss of 30,000 jobs. Details the attempts of filmmaker Michael Moore to get an interview with GM CEO Roger Smith. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The story of a rebel and his mike.

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

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Trivia

Moore was collecting $98 per week on welfare at the time of this production shoot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Michael Moore: I was kind of a strange child. My parents knew early on that something must have been wrong with me. I crawled backwards until I was two... It all began when my mother didn't show up at my first birthday party, 'cause she was off having my sister, and dad tried to cheer me up by letting me eat the whole cake. I knew then, there had to be more to life than this.
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Crazy Credits

Flint Convention and Visitors Bureau 1-800-482-6708 See more »

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Wouldn't it Be Nice
Written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and Tony Asher
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Very deep, very true.
23 October 1999 | by Brian BlueskyeSee all my reviews

This movie really showed me what America's free enterprise system is about. Make your millions in producing automobiles in an American town, then run to Mexico where labor is cheap, and not offer any jobs to Americans. I loved it, very true, very deep.

I loved how Roger Smith dodged the film crews everytime they showed up. It was very good to show the effects of the plant closing shop. I never expected a true look into what happends to American workers.

I give this one 5 stars, and I realize now that our Free Enterprise System just keeps the poor, poor. And the wealthy get even more wealth. Our free enterprise system is a joke.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Humorous Look at How General Motors Destroyed Flint, Michigan See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,253, 25 December 1989

Gross USA:

$6,706,368

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,706,368
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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