Bowling for Columbine

Synopsis: The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed. In doing so, he learns that the conventional answers of easy availability of guns, violent national history, violent entertainment and even poverty are inadequate to explain this violence when other cultures share those same factors without the equivalent carnage. In order to arrive at a possible explanation, Michael Moore takes on a deeper examination of America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence in a nation with widespread gun ownership. Furthermore, he seeks to investigate and confront the powerful elite political and corporate interests fanning this culture for their own unscrupulous gain.
Director(s): Michael Moore
Production: United Artists Films
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 40 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

The National Rifle Association

has produced a film

which you are sure to find of great interest.

Let's look at it.

It was the morning of April 20th 1999,

and it was pretty much

like any other morning in America.

The farmer did his chores.

The milkman made his deliveries.

The President bombed another country

whose name we couldn't pronounce.

Out in Fargo, North Dakota,

Kerry McWilliams went on his morning walk.

Back in Michigan, Mrs Hughes welcomed

her students for another day of school.

And out in a little town in Colorado,

two boys went bowling at six in the morning.

Yes, it was a typical day

in the United States of America.

May I help you?

Yeah, I'm here to open up an account.

- OK, what type of account would you like?

- Um...

- I want the account where I get the free gun.

- OK.

I'd spotted an ad in the local Michigan paper

that said if you opened an account

at North Country Bank,

the bank would give you a gun.

You do a CD and we'll hand you a gun.

We have a whole brochure here

that you can look at.

Once we do the background check

and everything, it's yours to go.

OK. Right, well,

that's the account I'd like to open.

We have a vault in which, at all times,

we keep at least 500 firearms.

- 500 of these you have in your vault?

- In our vault.

- We have to do a background check.

- At the bank here?

- At the bank, which is a licensed firearm dealer.

- You're a bank and a licensed firearm dealer?

What do I put for race?

White, or Caucasian, or...?

- Caucasian.

- Caucasian.

I knew you were gonna make me spell that.

- Cau... ca... sian. Is that right?

- Yes.

Thank you.

I don't think that's the part

they're gonna be worried about.

"Have you ever been adjudicated

mentally defective

or been committed to a mental institution?"

I've never been committed.

What does that mean, have I ever been

adjudicated mentally defective?

- It would be something involved with a crime.

- Oh, OK.

So if I'm just normally mentally defective,

but not criminal...

- There you go, Mike.

- OK, thank you very much. Wow!

I have one personally.

- That's a nice action.

- It is, and it's a straight shooter, let me tell you.

Wow! Sweet!

Do you think it's a little dangerous

handing out guns in a bank?

Some people say

that bowling alleys got big lanes

Got big lanes, got big lanes

Some people say

that bowling alleys all look the same

Look the same

Look the same

Everybody's coming home

for lunch these days

Last night there were skinheads on my lawn

Take the skinheads bowling

Take them bowling

Take the skinheads bowling

Take them...

Guns ho!

Each gun makes lots of battle sounds.

Just press the trigger and listen.

That sounds like a gun battle.

Is it real?

Looks like real.

And it sounds like real.

Right. The Sound-O-Power

Military and Western rifles by Marx.

This was my first gun.

I couldn't wait to go outside

and shoot up the neighborhood.

Those were the days.

I was born in Michigan

And I wish and wish again

That I was back in the town where I was born

By the time I was a teenager,

I was such a good shot,

I won the National Rifle Association's

marksman award.

You see, I grew up in Michigan,

a gun-lover's paradise.

And so did this man,

Oscar-winning actor

and president of the National Rifle Association,

Mr Charlton Heston.

We come from a state

where everyone loves to go hunting.

Even the dogs.

There were actually

two of the hunters at camp.

They thought

they'd get a few pictures of the dog

dressed up as a hunter,

to kinda just have some fun around camp.

And one of the guys had the idea,

'Why don't we sting a rifle on the dog's back

to make the pictures a little more interesting?'

The victim was kneeling down

in front of the dog when the weapon slipped.

The one round went through the victim's shin -

the right pan of his shin -

and came out through the back of his calf.

Was the dog held at all

for any period of time by the police?

No, it wasn't. No. Um...

In Michigan, law basically states

that people can commit crimes,

that animals aren't some form of... you know,

whatever that could commit a crime.

An animal cannot commit a crime

or be charged with a crime in this state?

Is it possible that the dog, you know,

knew what it was doing?

That I don't know.

I wouldn't be able to tell you that.

The dog was cute dressed up as a hunter,

there's no doubt about it.

It was a funny picture.

To look at, it was kinda neat.

Yep, this was the kinda place I was from.

A box of 270s.

Comin' up.

- There you go.

- Perfect.

Whoa, whoa, whoa!

- Sorry about that. Sorry.

- It's all right. It didn't discharge.

You don't need no gun control.

You know what you need?

We need some bullet control.

We need to control the bullets. That's right.

I think all bullets should cost $5,000.

$5,000 for a bullet. You know why?

Cos if a bullet costs $5,000,

there'd be no more innocent bystanders.

Every time somebody gets shot, people'd be

like, "Damn, he must have did something."

"Sh*t, they put $50,000-worth of bullets

in his ass."

And people will think before they kill somebody

if a bullet costs $5,000.

Man, I would blow your f***ing head off

if I could afford it.

I'm gonna get me another job.

I'm gonna start saving some money.

And you're a dead man.

You'd better hope

I can't get no bullets on layaway.

Not far from where

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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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