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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

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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
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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

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

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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 »


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Rainy Night
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Written by Kwangjin Kim
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Worthwhile film, but a bit clunky...
15 November 2005 | by dzagarSee all my reviews

Another strong message by Robert Greenwald of "Outfoxed" fame. Similar to that doc, however, it is a quickly done, and somewhat less than fully polished film. Too shticky at times, it occasionally comes close to a parody of propaganda films, especially when dealing with the lives of Chinese workers. However, there are some moving portrayals of those affected by Walmart, including former employees, and some powerful testimonials by former management who feel betrayed by a company they gave their loyalty to.

I was most shocked by some facts about the Walton family, who are some of the richest people on the planet, and apparently some of the stingiest. You'd think they'd be more generous just for to get positive P.R., even if they couldn't care less about "the little people". For a more sober depiction of the Walmart phenomenon, I also recommend the Frontline documentary "Is Walmart Good for America".


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Official Sites:

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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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,197
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Brave New Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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