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The Big One (1997)

On his book tour, Michael Moore exposes more wrongdoing by greedy big businesses and callous politicians around America.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Moore ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elaine Bly Elaine Bly ... Herself - Random House Media Escort
Dan Burns Dan Burns ... Himself - Radio Personality
Chip Carter Chip Carter ... Himself - Forbes Campaign
Bill Clinton ... Himself - Presidential Candidate (archive footage)
Jim Czarnecki Jim Czarnecki ... Himself (as Jim)
Brian Danitz Brian Danitz ... Himself (as Brian)
Robert Dornan Robert Dornan ... Himself - Congressman (archive footage)
Joel Feick Joel Feick ... Himself - Radio Commentator
Steve Forbes ... Himself - Presidential Candidate (archive footage)
Doug France Doug France ... Himself - Random House Representative
Mary Gielow Mary Gielow ... Herself - Media Escort in Milwaukee
Bev Jacowski Bev Jacowski ... Herself, Johnson Controls representative
Richard Jewell ... Himself - Innocent Guy
Kevin Keane Kevin Keane ... Himself - Governor Thompson's Press Secretary
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Our intrepid defender of the working man, Michael Moore, documents his 1996 "Downsize This!" book tour across the USA. Shot on-the-cheap with a video camera, we once again watch our hero interview the working man at yet another plant closing, while also trying to get past corporate security guards to interview the millionaire CEOs. Written by Tim G. <kas@interlog.com>

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Protecting the earth from the scum of corporate America. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »
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USA | UK

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English

Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$146,909, 12 April 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$720,074
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Exposing the indifference that is the core of corporate America
3 September 2005 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

The earliest of Moore's films I've seen so far, this is definitely not his best work... technically, this is the least impressive of the ones I've seen(the others are Bowling For Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11). The editing, pacing and presentation just isn't as sharp or clean as the other two. The score isn't as ironic or fitting either. The humor, tone and 'direction' is just as good, though. This time, Moore takes a clean shot at corporate America, and clearly exposes the indifference of the common man's fate displayed by all executives. Several times in the documentary we're introduced to companies that, despite of high profits and no problems with their workers are laying people off, closing and moving factories... putting people out of work, effectively robbing them of their livelihood. As usual, it's done in Moore's fashion of outlining the facts that support his cause and denying or ignoring the ones that do not. Of course, he gets so many laughs throughout that you barely notice it... and what he says is true, at least to a certain extent. The interviews in which Moore asks all the right questions, usually very controversial and direct are inter-cut with what appears to be a stand-up performance by him, which adds a sense of closeness that means a lot for the effect of the film. Not as memorable and interesting as Bowling or Fahrenheit, but most definitely worth watching. I recommend this to any fan of Michael Moore and humorous documentaries. 8/10


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