A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director:

Michael Moore

Writer:

Michael Moore
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Credited cast:
Michael Moore ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tucker Albrizzi ... Self
Tony Benn Tony Benn ... Self
George W. Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Reggie Cervantes Reggie Cervantes ... Self
Bill Clinton ... Self (archive footage)
Hillary Clinton ... Self (archive footage) (as Hillary Rodham Clinton)
Billy Crystal ... Self (archive footage)
John Graham John Graham ... Self
Aleida Guevara ... Self
William Maher William Maher ... Self
Richard Nixon ... Self (archive footage)
Patrick Pedraja Patrick Pedraja ... Self
Linda Peeno Linda Peeno ... Self
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Storyline

Documentary look at health care in the United States as provided by profit-oriented health maintenance organizations (HMOs) compared to free, universal care in Canada, the U.K., and France. Moore contrasts U.S. media reports on Canadian care with the experiences of Canadians in hospitals and clinics there. He interviews patients and doctors in the U.K. about cost, quality, and salaries. He examines why Nixon promoted HMOs in 1971, and why the Clintons' reform effort failed in the 1990s. He talks to U.S. ex-pats in Paris about French services, and he takes three 9/11 clean-up volunteers, who developed respiratory problems, to Cuba for care. He asks of Americans, "Who are we?" Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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For many Americans, laughter isn't the best medicine - it's the only medicine. See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Michael Moore's only documentary in which he doesn't have his director trademark of confrontational interviews (in this case with insurance representatives). See more »

Goofs

As he is in the boat nearing the United States naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Michael Moore shouts that the base is on United States soil. It is on Cuban soil and leased by the United States. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
George W. Bush: We got issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their... their love with women all across the country.
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Crazy Credits

A quote by Alexis de Tocqueville on the greatness of America is shown in the end credits: "The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults." A small postscript is then added: "(He was French.)" See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #15.116 (2007) See more »

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Deadly Nightshade
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Music by Tim Souster
De Wolfe Music
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Michael Moore is the #1 patriot in USA, I hope people realize it now.
18 June 2007 | by antti-kahkonenSee all my reviews

I can only hope this movie wakes some people up, especially those flag waving people who keep on repeating slogans like "greatest country in the world" etc. This could be a serious wake up call for a proud nation. I have always wondered how people can still call it the greatest country if it does not have universal health care, but maybe the reason is, they don't know any better. They do not realize that in other western countries this has been done for ages and it works.

People of USA should embrace Moore as the patriot he is. He wants the American PEOPLE all the best, but he gets sacrificed by the same people because he dares to speak about the government. But true patriots rise against governments too, if they are bad for the people. United states is not the flag, not the white house, not the senate, not the soaring eagle. It is the people living there, and this is what they have to remember. You can demand for universal health care, and you can vote for it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

3 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

SiCKO See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,969, 24 June 2007

Gross USA:

$24,540,079

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,163,768
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1.85 : 1
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