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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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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

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 »

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The Baudelaire Orphans
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Insured Americans beware
17 June 2007 | by NatshawSee all my reviews

I recently finished watching Michael Moore's Sicko (it's a great documentary that everyone should see). It's not about the 47 million Americans who don't have health insurance, it's about some of the 250 million who have/had health insurance and in spite of this their lives were ruined. It dispels a lot of the myths espoused by some in America such as long waiting lines, higher taxes and the doctors being paid close to nothing. It explains why HMOs were established and how their primary purpose is to deny claims. Advancement in these companies is based upon how many claims an employee denies and any claims that are actually paid out are seen as failures. He goes to countries like Canada, England, France and Cuba and talks to citizens of these countries to get their take on their country's health-care system. He also goes to hospitals and emergency rooms in these countries to get the take of the people there and when he ask "How much do you pay?", they all laugh at him. Moore sums up the premise of film when he says the rest of the western world practices "We" health-care while Americans practice "Me" health-care.


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