The U.S. President, low in the opinion polls, gets talked into raising his popularity by trying to start a cold war against Canada.

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Michael Moore

Writer:

Michael Moore
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Candy ... Sheriff Bud Boomer
Alan Alda ... President of the United States
Rhea Perlman ... Honey
Kevin Pollak ... Stu Smiley
Rip Torn ... General Dick Panzer
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Roy Boy
Bill Nunn ... Kabral
G.D. Spradlin ... R.J. Hacker
Steven Wright ... Niagara Mountie
Jim Belushi ... Charles Jackal
Brad Sullivan ... Gus
Stanley Anderson ... Edwin S. Simon
Richard Council ... Russian President
Wallace Shawn ... Canadian Prime Minister
Michael Copeman ... Panzer's Aide
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Storyline

The US economy is in a rut, and so is the president's approval rating. What we need is a good war, but the Russians aren't interested. Hey -- how about that big polite country to the north? Niagara Falls Sheriff Bud B. Boomer takes this all a bit too seriously, though. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Help America fight the Canadians See more »

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Comedy

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Rated PG for mild language and violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The American President is never given a name. See more »

Goofs

The helicopter that brings the Russian president to the White House has U.S. markings on the side, and a Canadian registration number on the belly. U.S. registrations begin with N, Canadian ones begin with C. See more »

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R.J. Hacker, President of Hacker Dynamics: The American public's attention span is about as long as your dick.
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End credits close with: To Johnny LaRue- thanks to you, we got our crane shot. See more »

Connections

References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »

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Ashes. . .I Fall Down
Written by Eric Phillips
Performed by Naked Earth
Courtesy of PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. and Big Viking Music
Under license from PolyGram International Publishing, Inc.
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One trick pony that outstays it's welcome
10 August 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

The President of America's ratings have dropped. What he really needs to do is get a war to get his popularity up. However the usual bad guys aren't interested so he decides to start a talking war against Canada. Using the media to stir up anti-Canadian feeling his popularity rises but a group of American citizens take it too far and prepare for invasion.

Michael Moore is a rare talent and many of his programmes and films could be used as a model for anyone wanted to do satire and be both political and funny at the same time. When he's on form he puts our own Mark Thomas into the shade. However with this film he can't take a really good idea and make it last for 90 minutes. Most scenes with the President and his media war with Canada is really sharp and really funny – just like Moore at his best.

However it's the rest of the film outside of this one point that fails. It is just a rambling comedy that doesn't have anything to say or do. Moore is a little lost and it lacks bite and, sadly, laughs. The cast try hard and Candy is watchable if not at his best. Alda is good but a bit too light and friendly to be the president. The rest of the cast are amusing in different ways – Torn, Pollack, Nunn, Spadlin, Wright, Belushi etc are all good.

Overall Moore lacks his usual bite and this one good idea is lost in a film when really it could have been a good 15 minute sketch. The media war is funny and, post 9/11, is quite sharp even though it is a little too light, but outside of that the comments, ideas and laughs dry up.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Canadian Bacon See more »

Filming Locations:

Pickering, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,349, 24 September 1995

Gross USA:

$163,971

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$163,971
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Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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