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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 ... Himself - President & CEO of Wal-Mart (archive footage)
Don Hunter Don Hunter ... Himself - H&H Hardware Owner
Jon Hunter Jon Hunter ... Himself - Son of Don Hunter
Jeremy Hunter Jeremy Hunter ... Himself - Son of Jon Hunter
Matt Hunter Matt Hunter ... Himself - Son of Jon Hunter
Johnny Faenza Johnny Faenza ... Himself - H&H Hardware Employee
Frank Mormino Frank Mormino ... Himself - Owner of Middlefield Tire
John Bruening John Bruening ... Himself - Owner of Geauga Vision (as Dr. John Bruening)
Tom Glassburner Tom Glassburner ... Himself - H&H Hardware Employee
Weldon Nicholson Weldon Nicholson ... Himself - Wal-Mart Store Manager Trainer
Al Norman Al Norman ... Himself - Founder of Sprawl-Busters
Grace Thibodeaux Grace Thibodeaux ... Herself - Hearne, Texas Resident
Diane DeVoy Diane DeVoy ... Herself - Wal-Mart Employee
Cathy Nemchik Cathy Nemchik ... Herself - Wal-Mart Employee
Stan Fortune Stan Fortune ... Himself - 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...

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Documentary

Certificate:

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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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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Brave New Films See more »
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Runtime:

(shortened)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Penn & Teller: Bullshit!: Wal-Mart (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

This Land Is Your Land
(1940) (uncredited)
Written by Woody Guthrie
Performed by Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band (Live 1975-85)
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18 November 2005 | by susan-225See all my reviews

I saw this tonight in a screening at our local community college with the producer present. It was a huge, standing room only crowd, and it was clearly a hit with the viewers. Producer Robert Greenwald uses an interesting device of running a rah-rah speech of WalMart's CEO at a company meeting, with the CEO bragging about all of WalMart's great policies towards employees, the environment, customers, etc., alternated with clips of dozens of ordinary people testifying to quite the opposite. The stories of small town businesspeople having to close their family stores were especially poignant, as well as the interviews with exploited overseas workers in Walmart's sweatshops. Even one of the company's plant inspectors said he just cried when he went back to his hotel after his first inspection.

Full of astounding facts about the true costs of WalMart, the over two billion dollars it has cost US taxpayers in subsidies, welfare programs for underpaid employees, etc. It became very clear that, whether or not you shop there, it's costing you money, money that's going right into the pockets of the Walton family. It's costing all of us our way of life.

Quite an eyeopener. I, for one, plan to never patronize WalMart again.


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