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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.

Director:

Michael Moore

Writer:

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

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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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Genres:

Documentary | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?

Trivia

On certain DVD versions of the film, the scene where the man is having his leg amputated was removed, and replaced with stock footage of dancers, although you can still hear the sound of the saw, and the man answering questions. 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 »

Connections

Spun-off from TV Nation: Product Placement Night (1994) See more »

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The Bad Beginning
from A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Written by Thomas Newman
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures
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It's worst than Romania!
20 June 2007 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I've seen a lot of movies that either make fun or try to exemplify American stupidity, but none convinced me of it unless I've seen Sicko. How can you people put up with this?! The medical system portrayed in this film is worst than here in Romania!

Basically, it tells about the medical system being bought and used by insurance companies to trick people into paying huge sums of money for any medical care, regardless of them having a medical insurance or not. Then there are examples of the Canadian, French, British and Cuban health care systems, which are, as I think they should be, free and of high quality.

And the logic is very simple, even if one chooses to disregard the highly emotional examples presented by Moore: people who win money from not taking care of you will not take care of you.

Take care!


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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

Gross USA:

$24,540,079

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,163,768
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1.85 : 1
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