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Bowling for Columbine ()


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Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 40 wins & 12 nominations.
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Mike Bradley ...
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Arthur A. Busch ...
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Richard Castaldo ...
Himself - Columbine Victim
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Ngo Dinh Diem ...
Himself - President of South Vietnam (archiveFootage)
Mike Epstein ...
Himself - Shopper in Mall
Joe Farmer ...
Himself - Superintendent of Schools (archiveFootage)
Denny Fennell ...
Himself - Home Security Consultant
Barry Glassner ...
Himself - Author of 'The Culture of Fear' (as Prof. Barry Glassner)
Dick Herlan ...
Himself - Former Producer of 'Cops'
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Jeremy Hix ...
Himself - Suspended for Wearing Kilt (archiveFootage)
Ernest F. Hollings ...
Himself (archiveFootage) (as Senator Fritz Hollings)
Jimmie Hughes ...
Herself - Principal of Buell Elementary School
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Emir of Kuwait ...
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Amanda Lamante ...
Herself - Columbine Student
Mary Lorenz ...
Herself - K-Mart Official
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Daniel Mauser ...
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Tom Mauser ...
Himself - Father of Victim
Evan McCollum ...
Himself - Lockheed Martin Public Relations
Timothy McVeigh ...
Himself - Oklahoma City Bomber (archiveFootage)
Carey McWilliams ...
Himself - Blind Gun Owner (archiveFootage)
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Himself - Prime Minister of Iran (archiveFootage) (as Prime Minister Mossadeq)
James Nichols ...
Himself - Brother of Terry Nichols
Terry Nichols ...
Himself - Oklahoma City Bombing Accomplice (archiveFootage)
Manuel Noriega ...
Himself - President of Panama (archiveFootage)
Tamarla Owens ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ...
Himself - Shah of Iran (archiveFootage)
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Robert J. Pickell ...
Himself - Sheriff of Flint, Michigan (as Sheriff Robert Pickell)
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Himself - Chilean Dictator (archiveFootage)
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Himself - Fox Reporter (archiveFootage)
Nicole Schlief ...
Herself - Columbine Student
David Smith ...
Himself, Sarah's husband (archiveFootage) (voice)
Susan Smith ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
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Himself
Mark Taylor ...
Himself - Columbine Victim
Damian W. Williams ...
Himself - Rioter Assaulting Reginald Denny (archiveFootage)
Denise Ames ...
Sexy Girl with Gun (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
John Ashcroft ...
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Aline Chrétien ...
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Reginald Denny ...
Himself - Truck Driver Assaulted During LA Riots (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Byron Dorgan ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Jeff Doucett ...
Himself - Man Shot at Airport (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
R. Budd Dwyer ...
Himself - Televised Suicide (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Actor in Movie Clip (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Mike Fasolo ...
Corporate Criminal (uncredited)
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Eric Harris ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Heinrich Himmler ...
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Corporate Criminal (uncredited)
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Daniel V. Jones ...
Himself - Televised Shotgun Suicide (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Dylan Klebold ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Harold Moss ...
Character in 'A Brief History of the United States of America' (uncredited) (voice)
Maritza Martin Munoz ...
Herself - Woman Murdered by Ex-Husband on Spanish TV Show 'Ocurrio Asi' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Emilio Nunez ...
Himself - Man Who Murdered Ex-Wife on Spanish TV Show 'Ocurrio Asi' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Gary Plauche ...
Himself - Shooting Jeff Doucett (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Prince Andrew ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Pat Robertson ...
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Jessica Savitch ...
Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Michael Moore

Written by

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Michael Moore ... (written by)

Produced by

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Chris Aldred ... field producer
Gillian Aldrich ... field producer
Charles Bishop ... producer
Jim Czarnecki ... producer
Michael Donovan ... producer
Kurt Engfehr ... co-producer
Jeff Gibbs ... field producer
Kathleen Glynn ... producer
Tia Lessin ... supervising producer
Michael Moore ... producer
Meghan O'Hara ... field producer
Siobhan Oldham ... line producer
Charlie Siskel ... field producer
Wolfram Tichy ... executive producer
Rehya Young ... coordinating producer

Music by

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Jeff Gibbs

Film Editing by

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Kurt Engfehr

Editorial Department

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Lou Acosta ... assistant on-line editor
Jon Budine ... additional on-line editor
Karl George ... assistant on-line editor
Bob Gleason ... on-line editor
Luis Ortiz Guillen ... assistant editor
Shannon Guirl ... assistant editor
Walter Lefler ... colorist
Mike Maguire ... colorist
Frederick O'Neill ... assistant on-line editor
Dave Pultz ... color timer (as David Pultz)
Woody Richman ... associate editor (as T. Woody Richman)
Kristine Smith ... assistant editor
Jane Tolmachyov ... colorist (as Jane Tolmachy)
Laura Weinberg ... assistant editor
David S. Tung ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Production Management

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David Coole ... post-production supervisor
Jenipher Ritchie ... executive in charge of production: Salter Street Films
Dirk Wilutzky ... executive in charge of production: VIF 2

Art Department

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Ryan Sias ... storyboard designer: animation sequence (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Joe Caterini ... supervising sound editor
Rob Daly ... dialogue editor / sound effects editor
James Demer ... sound
Patrick Donahue ... dialogue editor / sound effects editor
Brian Foley ... additional sound
Matthew Haasch ... dialogue editor (as Matt Haasch) / sound effects editor (as Matt Haasch)
Francisco La Torre ... sound (as Francisco Latorre)
Tom Lino ... animation sound: FlickerLab
Elizabeth Marcus ... additional sound editor
Reilly Steele ... re-recording mixer
Peter Waggoner ... re-recording mixer
David Alvarez Zerpa ... adr recordist intern (uncredited)
Phillip Fuller ... sound mix technician (uncredited)
David K. Grant ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Chris Bell ... additional camera operator
Mike Casey ... additional camera operator
Brian Danitz ... camera operator
Mike Desjarlais ... additional camera operator (as Michael Desjarlais)
Craig Hymson ... additional camera operator
Mikey Jackson ... assistant camera
Edward C. Kukla ... additional camera operator
Michael McDonough ... camera operator
Joe Monge ... video supervisor
Gregg Easterbrook ... additional camera operator (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Matthew Bookbinder ... animator: FlickerLab
David Concepcion ... animator: FlickerLab
Gaia Cornwall ... animator: FlickerLab
Miguel Hernandez ... animator: FlickerLab
Harold Moss ... animator: FlickerLab
Ryan Sias ... character designer: FlickerLab
Kareem Thompson ... animator: FlickerLab
Aneurin Wright ... animator: FlickerLab

Music Department

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Christine Bergren ... music clearances
David Reid ... musician
David Wilson ... music editor / music recordist
Erich Glaubitz ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Josh Fifarek ... driver: cast
David Waszak ... production driver: Mr. Moore (uncredited) / transportation coordinator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Alexandra Bauermeister ... legal affairs: VIF 2
Debra Beck ... production accountant
Susan H. Bodine ... legal services (as Sue Bodine)
Kelly Bray ... business and legal affairs: Salter Street Films
Rebecca Richman Cohen ... intern
Phaea Crede ... intern
Carl Deal ... chief archivist
Christina DiCerbo ... intern
Josh Fifarek ... production assistant
Lloyd Forcellini ... technical supervisor
Gregory A. Fortner ... production assistant
Lana Garland ... archival staff
Sandy Green ... production accountant
Heike Günther ... production accountant (as Heike Guenther)
Karen Herron ... production assistant
Andreas Hoessli ... archive footage provider
Jessica Hunkele ... intern
Andrew Hurwitz ... legal services
Craig Hymson ... production assistant
Jonathan Irvin ... assistant: Mr. Moore
Markus Janner ... digital supervisor
Catherine Johnston ... researcher
Floyd Kane ... business and legal affairs: Salter Street Films
John Kazlauskas ... production assistant
Gina Kim ... archival staff
Caitlin Krapf ... intern (as Caitlin Taylor)
Jayne Laube ... production assistant
Nicky Lazar ... researcher
Donna Lee ... archival staff
Monika Lohrbeer ... production assistant
Dave MacDougall ... production accountant
Elizabeth Marcus ... researcher
Amy McCampbell ... archival researcher
Lizzy McCarron ... production assistant
Maureen McCarron ... production office manager
Donald McCloskey ... production assistant
Kenna McHugh ... production assistant
Shawn Miles ... production assistant
Katy Mostoller ... archival staff
Huttemberg Nassar ... production assistant (as Huttenberg Nassar)
Bryn Neuenschwander ... intern
Alexandra Posada ... intern
Aneetha Rajan ... archival researcher
Hamid Razik ... production assistant
Rich Rinker ... production assistant
Daniel Rivera ... intern
Natalie Rose ... production assistant
George Rubacky ... laser transfer: Arri
Haim Samuels ... intern
Mara Sanchez ... intern
David Schankula ... researcher
Beth M. Schniebolk ... production accountant (as Beth Schniebolk)
Daniella Spinat ... intern
Jason Stoff ... technical finishing supervisor (as Jason E. Stoff)
Anne Sullivan ... production assistant
Charles Suydam ... engineer
Nancy Swartz ... archival staff
Alex Van Nortwick ... production assistant
David Waszak ... production assistant (as David Michael Waszak)
Reneira Wolff ... production accountant
Chris Yaffes ... intern
Cynthia Amsden ... publicist (uncredited)
Jack Turner ... acquisitions executive (uncredited)

Thanks

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John Alberts ... in memory of
Terry Allen ... thanks
Tanya Balian ... thanks
Elfin Baumed ... thanks
Brooks Brown ... thanks
Arthur A. Busch ... thanks (as Art Busch)
Lynne Carter ... thanks
Richard Castaldo ... thanks
Herb Cleeves Jr. ... in memory of
Annie Cohen ... thanks (as Ann Cohen)
Rita Dagher ... thanks
Rick DeCroix ... thanks
Ric Dispenseri ... thanks (as Ric Dispensari)
Joanne Doroshow ... thanks
Colleen Fick ... thanks
Daniel Fick ... thanks
Harold Ford ... thanks
Barry Glassner ... special thanks (as Prof. Barry Glassner, USC)
Donna Glynn ... special thanks: our parents
James Glynn ... special thanks: our parents
Pete Hamill ... thanks
Dave Hamilton ... thanks
Alan Hayling ... thanks
Jen Hogan ... thanks (as Jennifer Hogan)
Jennifer Horton ... thanks
Laurent Issure ... thanks
Carole Kabrin ... acknowledgment: still photographs courtesy of
Jim Kiertzner ... thanks
Barbara Kramer ... thanks
David Lowery ... thanks
Rebecca MacKenzie ... thanks (as Rebecca Mackenzie)
Douglas Maio ... thanks
Marilyn Manson ... thanks
Bob Mastronardi ... thanks
Tom Mauser ... thanks
Joyce Maynard ... thanks
Connie Michalik ... thanks
Craig Michalik ... thanks
Elliot Mintz ... thanks
Anne Moore ... thanks
Frank Moore ... special thanks: our parents
Kelsey Binder Moore ... thanks (as Kelsey Binder)
Veronica Moore ... special thanks: our parents / thanks
Matt Nodella ... thanks (as Matthew Nodella)
Yoko Ono ... thanks
Trey Parker ... thanks
Tony Proffer ... thanks
Sam Riddle ... thanks
Dale Ringlein ... thanks
Chris Rock ... thanks
Robbi Siegel ... thanks
Matt Stone ... thanks
Bill Sulzman ... thanks
Mark Taylor ... thanks
Doug Vaughan ... thanks
Amanda Wilcox ... thanks
Laura Wilcox ... in memory of
Nick Wilcox ... thanks
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed. In doing so, he learns that the conventional answers of easy availability of guns, violent national history, violent entertainment and even poverty are inadequate to explain this violence when other cultures share those same factors without the equivalent carnage. In order to arrive at a possible explanation, Michael Moore takes on a deeper examination of America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence in a nation with widespread gun ownership. Furthermore, he seeks to investigate and confront the powerful elite political and corporate interests fanning this culture for their own unscrupulous gain. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Taglines What a wonderful world. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Bowling à Columbine (Canada, French title)
  • Kóla, puska, sültkrumpli (Hungary)
  • Masacre en Columbine (Mexico)
  • Bowling a Columbine (Italy)
  • Žeđ za nasiljem (Serbia)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Box Office

Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $209,148, 13 Oct 2002

Did You Know?

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Trivia At the Cannes Film Festival the film received a standing ovation that lasted 13 minutes. See more »
Goofs As Charlton Heston walks away from Michael Moore in the final interview, the scene cuts repeatedly between Heston (point of view from behind Moore) and Moore (point of view from the stairs directly in front of Moore) holding a photo of the slain Flint, Michigan girl and asking Heston to look at it. When the POV is of Moore holding the photo, there is clearly no cameraman anywhere behind him. The same with the POV of Heston, there is clearly no cameraman anywhere in front of Moore. So the two POVs were not filmed simultaneously as the film implies. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from The Birth of a Nation (1915). See more »
Soundtracks Take the Skinheads Bowling See more »
Crazy Credits In the credits, there is a thank you to Mike's Militia - Athens Branch. This does not exist - Michael Moore, during his speaking engagement at Ohio University, to promote his book, "Stupid White Men," screened two versions of the "History of gun control" animated segment, which featured the same animation but different narration. The audience was asked to vote on which of the two versions should be included. After choosing a version, Moore claimed he would include Athens, Ohio and the audience in the credits, but wasn't sure what name to give credit to. Several suggestions were shouted out and Mike Michigan Militia, Athens, OH branch was finally chosen. See more »
Quotes Michael Moore: If you were to talk directly to the kids at Columbine or the people in that community, what would you say to them if they were here right now?
Marilyn Manson: I wouldn't say a single word to them. I would listen to what they have to say, and that's what no one did.
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