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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.
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120 min

Charlton Heston and I grew up

is a training ground for the Michigan Militia.

Why do you use bowling pins?

From a self-defense or tactical standpoint,

it's a small target

that closely represents the vitals on a human,

should you ever have to shoot at one.

The Michigan Militia

became known around the world

when on April 19th 1995, two guys living

in Michigan who had attended militia meetings,

Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols,

blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City,

killing 168 people.

The Michigan Militia

wanted everyone to know

that they were nothing like

McVeigh and Nichols.

This is an American tradition.

It's an American responsibility to be armed.

If you're not armed, you're not responsible.

Who's gonna defend your kids?

The cops? The federal government?

- No, none of them.

- It's your job to defend you and yours.

If you don't do it, you're in dereliction of duty...

as an American. Period.

We're just here to let them know

we're here to help.

We're not the bogeymen we're made out to be.

We're here to defend people.

I'm sure people like

to have you guys as their neighbor.

If somebody's in need, you're there to help.

We're all normal people.

We all have regular jobs,

and this is what we do on our own time.

- What's your job?

- I'm a draftsman.

- How about you?

- Unemployed right now.

- Frank, what do you do for a living?

- I drive a truck for a heat-treating company.

- How about you?

- I'm a real-estate negotiator.

Real-estate negotiator

White-collar all the way.

You don't bring that with you, though, do you,

when you're negotiating the real estate?

- Where do you live?

- Westland.

- What do you have in your home?

- A Smith & Wesson 9mm.

- 9mm? How about you?

- With hollow points.

- Q-gauge.

- 12-gauge at home?

- How about you?

- M16.

- At home?

- Yeah.

At the ready.

You have to worry

where your rounds are going-

- Do you have frangibles?

- I know where they're gonna go.

Whose idea was the calendar?

- Probably Kristen.

- A picture's worth a thousand words.

It demonstrates a level of sophistication

that you wouldn't expect out of militia.

- And, you know, we're people too.

- Right.

- We have a lot of fun with it.

- It was a fund raiser.

It showed that we're not so serious, you know.

We're not these conspiracy nuts

who wouldn't want our pictures to get out.

It was a fun fund raiser.

I've had guns...

pretty much

since I was old enough to have them.

And I learned how to use them.

You're silly!

Because, being a female, number one,

I felt it was important

to be able to protect myself

with the best means possible.

And one of those means is having a gun.

When a criminal breaks into your house,

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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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