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Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

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

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Michael Moore

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Michael Moore
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Cast

Credited cast:
William Black William Black ... Himself
Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)
Elijah Cummings Elijah Cummings ... Himself (as Congressman Elijah Cummings)
Baron Hill Baron Hill ... Himself
Marcy Kaptur Marcy Kaptur ... Herself
John McCain ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Moore ... Himself
Sarah Palin ... Herself (archive footage)
Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Bernie Sanders ... Himself
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Himself (archive footage)
Wallace Shawn ... Himself
Chesley Sullenberger ... Himself (archive footage)
Elizabeth Warren ... Herself
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Storyline

Capitalism: A Love Story examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). The film moves from Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan. With both humor and outrage, the film explores the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings. Moore goes into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington, DC and elsewhere. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal...and 14,000 jobs being lost every day. Capitalism: A Love Story also presents what a more hopeful future could look like. Who are we and why do we behave the way that we do? Written by Overture Films

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

2 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The New Movie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$231,964, 27 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,359,793, 13 December 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After the film's release, Michael Moore threatened to not make any more documentaries until he saw signs that Americans were heeding his message and taking action for change. In 2011, he cited the Occupy Wall Street movement as a renewal of his hopes, and that he would resume work on another film. See more »

Goofs

The film depicts a boarded-up house in Bellington, WA; there is no such city in Washington state. It likely meant to say Bellingham, WA. See more »

Quotes

Michael Moore: What the fuck happened?
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Crazy Credits

Eight months after taking back their own home, the bank gave up trying to evict the Trody family of Miami. They are still in their home. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.2 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Vertigo Prelude
Written by Bernard Herrmann
Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Silva Screen Records Ltd.
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What you're not supposed to know
25 November 2009 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

Michael Moore has never been objective. No documentary maker ever was. When you chose a subject, you've already taken some kind of position and Moore doesn't try to hide what he thinks.

And he shows us worker's families being driven from their homes and brokers making profit on it. He shows business companies taking life insurances on their employed and taking all the money when the employed dies. He says that the Congress is in the hands of Wall Street and especially Goldman and Sachs. There are more examples.

The interesting question is why Michael Moore is so alone making these kind of films in the US. The answer is probably that the investors don't want him or anybody else to do them. They want to go on, treating the American people in the most terrifying ways. And since money seems to decide so much in that country, such films are very seldom made. But you're not supposed to know.


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