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Sicko (2007)

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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

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish | Russian

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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The premise of Sicko (2007) was inspired by healthcare segments on Michael Moore's old tv shows, TV Nation (1994) and The Awful Truth (1999). See more »

Goofs

The Italian version consistently mistranslates "bone marrow" as "spinal cord" (in Italian the two terms are more similar). 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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Shocking indictment on American health system
13 January 2011 | by cmoitzeSee all my reviews

This documentary is an expose on the capitalist nature of the American health system.

Quite frankly I was shocked at how unfair this system is. Michael Moore was able to show a well balanced account of this sensitive topic, talking to a wide range of people affected by this crisis, from patients to politicians.

The statistics and practices of these corporations and the lengths they go to turn a profit is downright evil. People are literally being given a death sentence, if they can't pay the expenses. I would not go to to the U.S for a holiday after viewing this.

Every US citizen should view this documentary to see the real damage corporate medicine can do. Very powerful, heart felt documentary. This should be viewed in American schools. Essential viewing.


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