Synopsis: Documentary look at health care in the United States as provided by profit-oriented health maintenance organizations (HMOs) compared to free, universal care in Canada, the U.K., and France. Moore contrasts U.S. media reports on Canadian care with the experiences of Canadians in hospitals and clinics there. He interviews patients and doctors in the U.K. about cost, quality, and salaries. He examines why Nixon promoted HMOs in 1971, and why the Clintons' reform effort failed in the 1990s. He talks to U.S. ex-pats in Paris about French services, and he takes three 9/11 clean-up volunteers, who developed respiratory problems, to Cuba for care. He asks of Americans, "Who are we?"
Director(s): Michael Moore
Production: The Weinstein Company
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min

And we're doing what we can

to make the change.

You don't know what that feels like inside

at 50-some years old,

to have to reach out

to my 20-something-year-old for help.

It's gonna be hard for four, five, six,

seven months, it's gonna be hard.

I have a feeling of you bring your problems

with you no matter where you go.


But I don't know

what to do about that.

(man) By sheer coincidence.

Their daughter's husband. Paul.

Was leaving on a job

the very same day they arrived.

Paul was a contractor.

But there weren't many jobs lately.

So he found work out of town.

I'm sure you'll keep

a telephone conversation.

Email you.

(Donna) You're gonna be

just fine, lovies.

Weird situation, isn't it?

- (man) Tell me where Daddy's going.

- Iraq.

Why is Daddy going to Iraq?

To do some plumbing.

Oh, boy.

This I do early in the morning.

The first thing I do is I clean here.

(man) At age 79. Frank Cardile should

be kicking back on a beach somewhere.

But even though

he's insured by Medicare.

It doesn't cover all the cost of the drugs

that he and his wife need.

(Frank) Being that I'm an employee here,

my medicine is for free.

So that's why I gotta keep working.

Until I die.

There is nothing wrong with that.


I always gotta keep my ears open

because there's always spillages.

Sometimes you get a gallon of milk.

Tomato sauce - oh, you're in trouble.

It'll take a half-hour to clean that up.

And I look up on every aisle

so as everything is clean.

If I see something I pick it up,

whether it's paper or garbage.

One day I had the keys in my hand

and they went in there.

And I had to climb in there

to get the keys out.

It's a sad situation.

If there are golden years,

I can't find 'em, I'll tell you that.

She had a painkiller for her hip.

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Michael Moore

Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American documentary filmmaker, activist, and author.One of his first films, Bowling for Columbine, examined the causes of the Columbine High School massacre and overall gun culture of the United States. For the film, Moore won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He also directed and produced Fahrenheit 9/11, a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush and the War on Terror, which became the highest-grossing documentary at the American box office of all time and winner of a Palme d'Or. His next documentary, Sicko, which examines health care in the United States, also became one of the top ten highest-grossing documentaries. In September 2008, he released his first free movie on the Internet, Slacker Uprising, which documented his personal quest to encourage more Americans to vote in presidential elections. He has also written and starred in the TV shows TV Nation, a satirical newsmagazine television series, and The Awful Truth, a satirical show. Moore's written and cinematic works criticize topics such as globalization, large corporations, assault weapon ownership, U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump, the Iraq War, the American health care system, and capitalism overall. In 2005, Time magazine named Moore one of the world's 100 most influential people. more…

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