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The Big One

Author: Michael MooreKathleen R GlynnDavid MortimerJeremy GibsonMeg RetickerAll authors
Publisher: United States : Miramax Films, [1997], ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Film : Film   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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While on a 47-city author tour to promote his book Downsize this on behalf of Random House, Michael Moore visits the corporate offices of companies in each city that are downsizing, laying off workers, using prison labor, and moving jobs overseas, where they employ child labor. He also visits and interviews laid off workers, low-paid workers who are trying to organize, and women whose welfare benefits have been cut.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: British films
Documentaries and factual films and video
Features
Named Person: Philip H Knight; Philip H Knight
Material Type: Film
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Moore; Kathleen R Glynn; David Mortimer; Jeremy Gibson; Meg Reticker; Brian Danitz; Chris Smith; Mayfair Entertainment International.; BBC Production (Firm); Dog Eat Dog Films.; Miramax Films.; World Famous Blue Jays (Musical group)
OCLC Number: 423408338
Notes: "Worldwide sales by Mayfair Entertainment International."
Playing time on release was 90 min., according to: Internet movie database, March 13, 2000.
"Dolby in selected theaters."
Copyright notice on videocassette: c1998, BBC.
Credits: Editor, Meg Reticker. Directors of photography, Brian Danitz, Chris Smith. Sound, Sarah Price; associate editor, Jim Villone. Original music score written and performed by the World Famous Blue Jays; music consultants, Jeremy Tepper, Jay Sherman-Godfrey. On-line editors, Arnold Branch, Peter Ringer, Ralph Scaglione; 2nd unit camera, Josh Zeman. Sound mix, John Alberts, Peter Waggoner; sound editor, Andy Kris. Production coordinator, Devorah Devries; production manager, Maria Silver. Assistant production coordinator, Michelle Johnston; graphics, Josh Laurence, Dave Rogers. Panic in Detroit written and performed by David Bowie; Convoy in the sky performed by Jello Biafra and Mojo Nixon, written by Billy Clark. Mississippi moan written and performed by Duke Ellington; Highway junkie performed by the Yayhoos, written by Chris Knight, Sam Tate & Annie Tate. Peter Gunn theme composed & conducted by Henry Mancini; For your love written by Graham Gouldman; The times they are a changin' written by Bob Dylan. On the road again written by Willie Nelson; Looking at the road through a windshield performed by Son Volt, written by J. Chestnut & M. Hoyer; Roll the union on written by John Handcox. Big bird performed by Eddie Floyd, written by Eddie Floyd & Booker T. Jones; We will rock you performed by Queen, written by Brian May. Misirlou performed by Dick Dale and his Del-Tones, written by Fred Wise, Milton Leeds, S.K. Russell & Nicholas Roubanis; I've been everywhere performed by Johnny Cash, writtenby Geoff Mack. Corporate avenger, Red Army march, Good morning Mr. Trucker, Hot wings, Mud flap boogie, Diesel only theme, Cookin' with Jay, Surfin' with Jay, performed by the World Famous Blue Jays, written by J. Sherman-Godfrey & J. Tepper.
Other Titles: Big One (Motion picture : 1997)
Responsibility: Mayfair Entertainment International, in association with BBC Production and Dog Eat Dog Films presents ; a film by Michael Moore ; written & directed by Michael Moore ; producer, Kathleen Glynn ; executive producers, David Mortimer, Jeremy Gibson ; line producer, Jim Czarnecki ; coordinating producer, Tia Lessin.

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While on a 47-city author tour to promote his book Downsize this on behalf of Random House, Michael Moore visits the corporate offices of companies in each city that are downsizing, laying off workers, using prison labor, and moving jobs overseas, where they employ child labor. He also visits and interviews laid off workers, low-paid workers who are trying to organize, and women whose welfare benefits have been cut. Cities visited include: Centralia, Illinois, home of Payday Candybars (Leaf Centralia); Des Moines, Iowa, where bookstore workers at the local Borders are trying to organize; Rockford, Illinois, where a woman in the book-signing line has just been laid off her job selling Ford automobiles; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Johnson Controls has just closed its Humboldt facility and moved it to Mexico, and where Manpower International, the temp agency, has become the number one employer in the country; Madison, Wisconsin, where he accompanies women whose welfare benefits have just been cut to the office of Governor Tommy Thompson to ask about corporate welfare to General Motors; Minneapolis/St. Paul, where Pillsbury has received 11 million dollars in corporate welfare; Chicago, where he is interviewed by Studs Terkel; Cincinnati, where Proctor & Gamble has laid off 13,000 people since 1993 despite making 6 billion dollars in profits; and Portland, Oregon, where he meets with Philip H. Knight, Chairman of Nike, to ask why Nike shoes are all made in Indonesia by teenage girls paid less than forty cents an hour. When Knight asserts that Americans don't want to make shoes, Moore organizes a large crowd of citizens of Flint, Michigan, who all assert they would like to have jobs making Nike shoes. The Big One is Moore's suggestion for a new name for the United States. Garrison Keillor appears briefly in the Minneapolis/St. Paul sequence.

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