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

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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

This was Moore's first PG-13 documentary since The Big One (1997). 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

After the end credits the following is displayed screen-filling: "Eat your fruits and vegetables. And go for a walk." See more »

Connections

References Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) See more »

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The Mersey Sound
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Michael Moore For President!!!
13 June 2007 | by maxthapilgrimSee all my reviews

After watching this film, i grew restless. Not the sorta restless, you get, when nobody calls you on the phone for weeks. No- restless that i can not reach out, and share parts of the health-care-system, from where i come from in Denmark. Now, i've only once experienced this sort of restlessness after watching a movie, and it was Michael Moores "Rodger and me". YES- Moore does it again. And he fulfills his role, as an rebellious anti-capitalist, pointing out the wrongs and rights in society, that people have simply grown accustom to. PERFECT! He once again gives us his artistic brand consisting of small terrific, or in this case, horrible stories from everyday people who have been neglected by the American health-care system. Michael Let's you pass trough the homes of MANY families as you engage upon their stories. This time Michael has brought far more people into the interviews, and it gives the hole bundle more juice then FAHRENHEIT. He also, takes his time to show old clips, video/photos of the people hes interviewing, so you feel you get the entire background on some of the folks. BRAVO! Michael himself, is this time a bit more "americaniced" -but only to really point out the benefits of the other countries, does he take the role of the average American joe. PERFECT! Over all. If you read this. I think this movie will make as huge an impact on you, as it did on me. And i think every Michael Moore film, is both educational and should be thought in schools, as well as very important for the entire society to see! That is... if you want to be a part of your society?


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