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Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Drama | 3 July 2007 (USA)
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A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

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Michael Moore

Writer:

Michael Moore
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Moore ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tucker Albrizzi ... Himself
Tony Benn Tony Benn ... Himself
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Reggie Cervantes Reggie Cervantes ... Herself
Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Hillary Clinton ... Herself (archive footage) (as Hillary Rodham Clinton)
Billy Crystal ... Himself (archive footage)
John Graham John Graham ... Himself
Aleida Guevara ... Herself
William Maher William Maher ... Himself
Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Patrick Pedraja Patrick Pedraja ... Himself
Linda Peeno Linda Peeno ... Herself
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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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health care | france | canada | cuba | hmo | See All (56) »

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

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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,540,079, 18 October 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,105,392, 31 October 2007
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

"Americans interested in marrying Canadians for healthcare go to www.hook-a-canuck.com" (the actual website does not use the hyphens). See more »

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Featured in Deadline: Episode dated 27 August 2007 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Sabre Dance
Composed by Aram Khachaturyan (as Aram Khachaturian)
Performed by Filharmonie Brno (as Brno Philharmonic Orchestra)
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his best documentary so far
17 June 2007 | by ianrileySee all my reviews

Brilliant documentary, with a softer, less angry Moore taking a good hard look at the current state of the inner-workings of the American private health care system, and comparing them to the universal systems in Canada, England, and France. The nay-sayers will argue that he's skewing his content, or simply choosing the worst HMO stories, but that's exactly what he has to do to drive his point home! The content here is far less controversial than in his previous films. It's widely known that, despite being one of the richest countries in the world, the states is far from best when it comes to taking care of their own.

The film gives the impression that Canadians wait an average of 45minutes to get seen at a hospital. Being a Canadian, I'll tell you right away that is not the case. There is an issue here in Canada with long wait times (both at the hospital and for major surgery), however, the system still works well, and everyone is taken care of, regardless of financial or social status.

Seeing sicko really made me realize just how much I take our universal health care system for granted. Some of the HMO horror stories Moore gives are shocking (to put it lightly).

While this film doesn't pack quite the punch, compared to Fahrenheit and Columbine, it's still going to turn a lot of heads. Everyone should see this movie.


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