Capitalism: A Love Story

Synopsis: 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?
Director(s): Michael Moore
Production: Overture Films
  4 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
127 min

This picture,

truly one of the most

unusual ever filmed,

contains scenes which

under no circumstances

should be viewed by anyone

with a heart condition

or anyone who is easily upset.

We urgently recommend

that if you are such a person

or the parent

of a young or impressionable child

now in attendance,

that you and the child

leave the auditorium.

- ( rock music playing )

- Yeah

Louie Louie, whoa baby

l gotta go now

Louie Louie, whoa baby

l really gotta go now

The Communist world

is fallin' apart

The capitalists

are just breakin' hearts

Money is the reason to be

lt makes me just

wanna sing Louie Louie

Louie Louie, whoa baby

l gotta go now

Louie Louie, whoa baby

l really gotta go now

Some say it will,

some say it won't

Now you see it,

now you don't

We spent all our money

on a disaster movie

lt makes me wanna sing

Louie Louie

Louie Louie, whoa baby

l gotta go now

Louie Louie, whoa baby

l really gotta go now

Oh, let's give it

to 'em right now.

( trumpet playing )

Rome was the largest

and the most beautiful city

of the ancient world.

The magnificent facade

of the empire, however,

could not conceal

the seeds of decay,

the unhealthy dependence

of the economy on slaves,

the disparity between

rich and poor.

Behind the splendor

of the Forum

were vast areas

of crowded slums.

Escape from the slums was difficult

for there were few jobs available

and practically none

for the unskilled.

To keep idle citizens entertained

and out of mischief,

frequent games and spectacles

were held at public expense.

At first, only chariot races

were sponsored.

But by the reign of Trajan,

brutal combat to the death

had become popular.

Earlier in Rome's history,

elected representatives

exercised the power.

But by now,

every function of government

had been absorbed

by the emperor

who was above the law

and ruled by decree.

That a people as civilized

as the Romans,

with the most humane

system of law ever devised,

could tolerate the violation

of human beings

is astonishing.

This imbalance

and the irresponsible behavior

of public officials

would become major reasons

for Rome's eventual decline.

Michael Moore:
l wonder how

future civilizations will view our society.

Will they judge us by this?

- He's a cat flushin' a toilet...

- ( mews )

He's a cat flushin' a toilet,

he's a cat flushin' a toilet

He's a cat flushin' a toilet.

( mews )

Or will they

judge us by this?

Man #1 :

Do you see the sheriff's car?

Man #2:
Yeah, right there.

The sheriff-- that's the first car.

- Woman:

- There he is.

Man #3:

Three, four, five, six...


- Man #1 :
Give me the phone.

- Woman:
lt's on this--

it's on the c--

it's on the couch.

All right, that's as close

as l can get, Dad.

- Don't stand in front of the door, Dad.

- ( knocking )

( whispering )

Get out from the--

Hey, Sheriff, Robert

inside the house here.

- ( knocking )

- ( loud banging )

They're trying to beat

the back door in, Dad.

( loud banging )

There are four of us in here.

They're beating on the door.

We're not gonna resist,

but you will have to come

in the house on your own.

But there are four souls

in this house.

Dad, don't stand

in front of the door.

- Do not.

- ( doorknob rattling )

( banging continues )


Another witness.

Tell your name to the camera.

- l'm David Phillips.

- Chris Collins.

And Audra Collins.

( banging continues )

- David:
And this is America?

- Chris:

This is America, folks,

what you're watching right here.

- Sheriff's office.

- Robert:
Yeah, we know.

- Okay, y'all have to come out, please.

- Robert:
All right.

We cannot act like this--

this is just something that's okay.

And so this is new.

They've never come out

and boarded up our house

after they've evicted the person

and threw their furniture

in the dumpster.

So they're letting us know

that they are stepping it up,

boarding up somebody's house.

This has been my family home.

This is my parents' house.

l've lived here for 41 years.

This is the only home

l've ever really lived in.

This is the only-- this will always

be home to me, no matter what.

- l'm a carpenter.

- Woman:
There you go.

Man #1 :
Sandra, they're leaving.

Let them leave.

- Man #2:
l'm a carpenter. So what?

- That's all l am.

- Well, people pay their bills.

- This could happen to you.

That's right.

So why do you think l'm doing it?

l don't have to be happy about this,

but that's what l do.

That's all l'm saying is that

maybe you can make another choice.

- That's all we're saying.

- That's no reason for...


You're a working-class person.

...people here to get upset

and almost get themselves hurt.

We ain't gonna get hurt.

Are you threatening us?

Y'all gonna get on out of here.

You might end up even getting hurt.

Talking about us getting hurt,

you might get hurt.

There's gonna be

some kind of a rebellion

between the people

that have nothing

and the people that's got it all.

l don't understand.

There's no in-between no more.

There's the people that's got it all

and the people that have nothing.

We gotta get this stuff

out of the house and packed up

and be out of here

in about 30 days

even though we don't

have a place to go.



We designed this 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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