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The Big One (1997)

On his book tour, Michael Moore exposes more wrongdoing by greedy big businesses and callous politicians around America.

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Michael Moore

Writer:

Michael Moore
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Moore ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elaine Bly Elaine Bly ... Herself - Random House Media Escort
Dan Burns Dan Burns ... Himself - Radio Personality
Chip Carter Chip Carter ... Himself - Forbes Campaign
Bill Clinton ... Himself - Presidential Candidate (archive footage)
Jim Czarnecki Jim Czarnecki ... Himself (as Jim)
Brian Danitz Brian Danitz ... Himself (as Brian)
Robert Dornan Robert Dornan ... Himself - Congressman (archive footage)
Joel Feick Joel Feick ... Himself - Radio Commentator
Steve Forbes ... Himself - Presidential Candidate (archive footage)
Doug France Doug France ... Himself - Random House Representative
Mary Gielow Mary Gielow ... Herself - Media Escort in Milwaukee
Bev Jacowski Bev Jacowski ... Herself, Johnson Controls representative
Richard Jewell ... Himself - Innocent Guy
Kevin Keane Kevin Keane ... Himself - Governor Thompson's Press Secretary
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Storyline

Our intrepid defender of the working man, Michael Moore, documents his 1996 "Downsize This!" book tour across the USA. Shot on-the-cheap with a video camera, we once again watch our hero interview the working man at yet another plant closing, while also trying to get past corporate security guards to interview the millionaire CEOs. Written by Tim G. <kas@interlog.com>

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I WANT YOU to help me kick corporate America's &*%! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cortando Custos See more »

Filming Locations:

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$146,909, 12 April 1998

Gross USA:

$720,074

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$720,074
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's title refers to renaming America as part of Michael's belief that America needs PR makeover. See more »

Quotes

Michael Moore: [referring to McDonald's] They put vegetables on my fish filet. Fuckers.
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Crazy Credits

Credits are interrupted with scenes concluding previous parts of the film, including a final appeal to the CEO of Nike to open a factory in the U.S. or pay Indonesians a living wage. See more »

Connections

References Larry King Live (1985) See more »

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Diesel Only Theme
(1994)
Performed by The World Famous Blue Jays
Written by Jay Sherman-Godfrey (as J. Sherman-Godfrey), and Jeremy Tepper (as J. Tepper)
Courtesy of Diesel Only Records
By kind permission of Kalamakeepsie Music/Rig Rock Songs, BMI administered by Bug
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The Downsize This! Book Tour Film
3 January 2009 | by andrew_hawkinsSee all my reviews

The Big One is a well rounded accomplishment for Michael Moore. This film is almost like watching an autobiographical documentary. The movie highlights the notable events surrounding Michael Moore's book tour for Downsize This!. The feel of a rushed and improvised tour schedule sets the pace for scenes of public speeches, crew activity, and corporate inquisition. The film shows that Michael Moore reveals his humanitarian instincts in even the most hectic of environments. The direction of developing plot is specific to each of the cities that Moore goes to on his tour. The story that surrounds Nike, Inc. is absolutely worth watching. Corporate business is analyzed throughout this film and Michael Moore makes it a point to have the audience think about what they are watching. Highly recommended for fans of Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko and admirers of Michael Moore.


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