R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
DVD Features: Exclusive Michael Moore interview on his Oscar win & acceptance speech; Personal introduction by Michael Moore; "Return to Denver/Littleton" featurette; Interview with Michael Moore by former Press Secretary Joe Lockhart; Audio commentary by receptionists and interns; Teacher's guide; Segment from "The Awful Truth II: Corporate Cops"; Michael Moore's "Action Guide"; Film festival scrapbook; The Charlie Rose Show with Michael Moore; Marilyn Manson's "Fight Song" music video; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer.
Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore asks some serious questions as he probes the depths of America's trigger-happy gun culture in this insightful and amusing documentary. With the help of a pair of the surviving Columbine victims, Moore barged in on K-Mart headquarters (one of that company's stores supplied all of the ammunition used by the murderers) and was able to get the company to commit to cease selling ammunition in all of their stores. The rest of the film is made up of a series of vignettes and interviews with the likes of Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, and Matt Stone. He films the Michigan Militia shooting guns and talking about the right
to bear arms, he interviews James Nichols, the brother of the Oklahoma City federal
building bombing accomplice Terry Nichols (giving the film some of its
most chilling moments); he compares murder statistics of other countries
- which number in the hundreds or less per year - to the more than 10,000 in the US annually; and he contrasts the American media's focus on violence and fear in their news programs with the more benign ways that other western countries deal with these same reports; and, he provides a clever, poignant animation explaining what drove the white leaders of America to take up arms against those different from them, such as the British, Native Americans and the
black slave population and their descendents.
This was the first documentary accepted into competition at the Cannes Film Festival since 1956 and it won the special 55th Anniversary