6.8/10
4,393
71 user 56 critic

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 4 November 2005 (USA)
A look at the impact of the retail giant on local communities.

Director:

Robert Greenwald

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Scott Lee Scott ... Self - President & CEO of Wal-Mart (archive footage)
Don Hunter Don Hunter ... Self - H&H Hardware Owner
Jon Hunter Jon Hunter ... Self - Son of Don Hunter
Jeremy Hunter Jeremy Hunter ... Self - Son of Jon Hunter
Matt Hunter Matt Hunter ... Self - Son of Jon Hunter
Johnny Faenza Johnny Faenza ... Self - H&H Hardware Employee
Frank Mormino Frank Mormino ... Self - Owner of Middlefield Tire
John Bruening John Bruening ... Self - Owner of Geauga Vision (as Dr. John Bruening)
Tom Glassburner Tom Glassburner ... Self - H&H Hardware Employee
Weldon Nicholson Weldon Nicholson ... Self - Wal-Mart Store Manager Trainer
Al Norman Al Norman ... Self - Founder of Sprawl-Busters
Grace Thibodeaux Grace Thibodeaux ... Self - Hearne, Texas Resident
Diane DeVoy Diane DeVoy ... Self - Wal-Mart Employee
Cathy Nemchik Cathy Nemchik ... Self - Wal-Mart Employee
Stan Fortune Stan Fortune ... Self - Wal-Mart District Loss Prevention Manager
Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Documentary on reported Conservative bias of the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself as "Fair and Balanced". Material includes interviews with former FNC employees and the inter-office memos they provided.

Director: Robert Greenwald
Stars: Douglas Cheek, Walter Cronkite, Roger Ailes
Food, Inc. (2008)
Documentary | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner
Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott
Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora
Super Size Me (2004)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock
Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker
GasLand (2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved.

Director: Josh Fox
Stars: Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Robert Greenwald looks at war profiteering in Iraq by private contracting companies Halliburton, CACI, and KBR.

Director: Robert Greenwald
Stars: Katy Helvenston-Wettengal, Scott Helvenston, Donna Zovko
Dirty Wars (2013)
Documentary | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Director: Rick Rowley
Stars: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An exposé on the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who helped finance the conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

Director: Robert Greenwald
Stars: Charles G. Koch, David H. Koch, Fred C. Koch
Documentary | Crime | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore
Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people... See full summary »

Director: Robert Greenwald
Stars: Scott Bach, Emily Carson, Jay Cashmere
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the new film Suppressed: The Fight To Vote Robert Greenwald exposes rampant voter suppression that affected the outcome of the 2018 midterm election in Georgia and the threat it poses to our elections all across the nation in 2020.

Director: Robert Greenwald
Stars: Stacey Abrams, Carol Anderson, Norman Broderick
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer
Edit

Storyline

This documentary takes the viewer on a deeply personal journey into the everyday lives of families struggling to fight Goliath. From a family business owner in the Midwest to a preacher in California, from workers in Florida to a poet in Mexico, dozens of film crews on three continents bring the intensely personal stories of an assault on families and American values. Written by Brave New Films

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It will change the way you think, feel - and shop...

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The parodies of Wal-Mart ads that appear in the film, and were used as trailers, which appear to have been shot in Wal-Mart stores are actually greenscreen shots in which the performer has been composited. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the section where a market trader in London, England is leading a campaign against a new ASDA store, the map has has both Wales and England labelled as 'England' - the 'Eng' is written over Wales. Wales and England (and Scotland) are part of Great Britain; Great Britain, Wales (and Scotland) are not part of England. See more »


Soundtracks

This Land Is Your Land
(1940) (uncredited)
Written by Woody Guthrie
Performed by Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band (Live 1975-85)
See more »

User Reviews

 
By-the-Numbers Effort...
8 September 2006 | by ReelCheeseSee all my reviews

There is a case to be made against Wal-Mart, but this cheaply made, by-the-numbers effort doesn't do it in a very interesting way. WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE is not so much a documentary as it is unabsorbing propaganda. At least when Michael Moore presents something ridiculously slanted, he's entertaining about it.

Still, this (presumably) low-budget effort does have its moments, from the emotional closure of a family hardware store to the insight from former employees of the big "W". But it's hurt by its lack of rebuttal to the many good things say about Wal-Mart. If the anti-Wal-Mart arguments are so strong, why not bring in a dissenting voice and try to prove why he's wrong? Lefty director Robert Greenwald apparently saw no reason to bother because when you're right, you're right. By the way, this film is unlikely to change your opinion of the retail behemoth.


16 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 71 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wal-Mart - Der Hohe Preis der Niedrigpreise See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,197
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Brave New Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(shortened)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed