Few are aware that America may be on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. explores the country's shocking current fiscal condition and ways to avoid a national economic disaster.

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Patrick Creadon
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Credited cast:
Robert Bixby Robert Bixby ... Self
Humphrey Bogart ... Self (archive footage)
Warren Buffett ... Self
George Bush ... Self (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Jimmy Carter ... Self (archive footage)
Bill Clinton ... Self (archive footage)
Stephen Colbert ... Self (archive footage)
Kent Conrad Kent Conrad ... Self (as Sen. Kent Conrad)
Ander Crenshaw Ander Crenshaw ... Self (as Rep. Ander Crenshaw)
Bing Crosby ... Self (archive footage)
Douglas Durst Douglas Durst ... Self
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Self (archive footage)
Gerald Ford ... Self (archive footage)
Alan Greenspan ... Self
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I.O.U.S.A. examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. As the Baby Boomer generation prepares to retire, will there even be any Social Security benefits left to collect? Burdened with an ever-expanding government and military, increased international competition, overextended entitlement programs, and debts to foreign countries that are becoming impossible to honor, America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster of epic proportions. Throughout history, the American government has found it nearly impossible to spend only what has been raised through taxes. The film blends interviews with both average American taxpayers and government officials to demystify the nation's financial practices and policies. The film follows U.S. Comptroller General David Walker as he crisscrosses the country explaining America's unsustainable fiscal policies to its citizens. The film interweaves archival footage and economic ... Written by Anonymous

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One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt.

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Documentary

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Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.67 (2008) See more »

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Cruel to Be Kind
Words and Music by Ian Gomm (as Ian Robert Gomm) and Nick Lowe
© Universal Music-MGB Songs on behalf of Complete Music, Ltd. (ASCAP)
Performed by Nick Lowe
Courtesy of Anglo Rock, Inc.
Courtesy of Riviera Global Music, Ltd.
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
© 1978 Anglo Rock, Inc. (BMI) & Rock Music Company
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Accessible, Relevant, Urgent, and Downright Disturbing
22 August 2008 | by pwknox-1See all my reviews

Saw this movie last night and it's something I could call mandatory viewing for everyone - for those in power making the tough decisions and for those affected that need to understand them. It's a chilling doc only because the situation is so real, and my generation will be greatly affected by our government's fiscal irresponsibility and spending today.

The movie itself, while not as sexy or explosive as some documentary topics, was well done, in my view. I appreciated the Econ 101 premise, with engaging charts, easy to understand fables, and relevant interview bites. This topic is bigger and more important than an 85 minute documentary and I felt they captured the urgency of this dire situation. Unless action is taken now we might not be able to dig out selves out in a few years.

Can't wait until the DVD comes out in October when I can make my friends watch, but even more so I'm looking forward to the book, which comes out September 29th ( http://www.amazon.com/I-O-U-S-Addison-Wiggin/dp/0470222778/ ). Wiggin's Demise of the Dollar was the catalyst for IOUSA, and I'm really interested in seeing the full and complete interviews of everyone involved in the movie, collected in the book.


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Official Sites:

Roadside Attractions

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

14 November 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley/Debt Project See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,313, 24 August 2008

Gross USA:

$821,046

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$826,799
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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