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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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Michael Moore

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Michael Moore
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A 30-minute follow-up piece for Roger & Me, this was first shown when that film was broadcast as part of the PBS series P.O.V. Moore briefly re-examines the economic collapse of Flint and ... See full summary »

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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

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The documentary was made in 1996 but released two years later in 1998 (although it was shown at the Berlin & Toronto film festivals in 1997). See more »

Quotes

Michael Moore: [referring to McDonald's] They put vegetables on my fish filet. Fuckers.
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Closing statement: Half of the proceeds from this film will go to help the people of Flint, Michigan, where 68% of the children still live below poverty level. See more »

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Not ONLY a time capsule
16 July 2004 | by Tom-402See all my reviews

As one user before said, he feels the film to be more of a time capsule today, since the impacts and importance of downsizing has been overwritten by other issues like terrorism, homeland security, 9/11 etc.

Well, I live in Europe and I can just say that here in Europe the film just comes out on DVD (I saw it only yesterday, July 15th, 2004 on TV) at the right time for Europe (if not a little too late). Economical matters are getting worse here in Europe day by day, and the patterns CEO's use to make their companies "profitable" (which should just always correctly read: "MORE profitable) are just the same as CEO's use in the USA. In fact, the only idea that comes to their minds is: downsizing, laying off people and transferring labour into countries with extremely cheap labour-cost. That's all.

Surprisingly there is just very little resistance to these tendencies, even though Europe is (in most countries) far better organised as far as Labour Unions are concerned. People are told by politicians that reforms are necessary, and people just sit back and accept it and continue to suffer.

In this context, "The Big One" by Michael Moore just comes at the right time here in Europe, even though I think that not many of the concerned people will actually see it.

But it's worth watching it, even though sometimes I questioned myself how I could laugh over such sad facts. But this is the virtue of Michael Moore and this film: it doen't leave you desperate, it gives you a laugh at the time and maybe, if we're all lucky, it will lead to a better organisation of the people concerned and to more resistance against the 1 percent of the rich keeping the rest in poverty.


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