Sicko

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After exploring the predominance of violence in American culture in Bowling for Columbine and taking a critical look at the September 11th attacks in Fahrenheit 9/11, activist filmmaker Michael Moore turns his attentions toward the topic of health care in the United States in this documentary that weighs the plight of the uninsured and the insured who must deal with abuse from insurance companies against the record-breaking profits of the pharmaceutical industry. Moore interviews a number of people who have been ...
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Overview

After exploring the predominance of violence in American culture in Bowling for Columbine and taking a critical look at the September 11th attacks in Fahrenheit 9/11, activist filmmaker Michael Moore turns his attentions toward the topic of health care in the United States in this documentary that weighs the plight of the uninsured and the insured who must deal with abuse from insurance companies against the record-breaking profits of the pharmaceutical industry. Moore interviews a number of people who have been left broke by medical bills even though they were fully insured, and explains how the corporate drive for profits has left numerous people in financial and medical disarray. After hearing that detainees in Guantanamo have access to free health care, Moore assembles a group of World Trade Center rescue workers to travel to Cuba in order to get the medical help they need for ailments they incurred in 2001. Moore's film debuted at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
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Special Features

Sicko Goes to Washington; This Country Beats France; Uniquely American; What if You Worked for G.E. in France?; Sister Mary Fidel; Who Would Jesus Deny?; More With Mike & Tony Benn; A Different Kind of Hollywood Premiere; "Alone Without You" music video performed by The Nightwatchman; Interview gallery; Theatrical trailer; Language: English Dolby 5.1; Subtitles: Spanish, Enlgish SDH
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
There's an old saying among lawyers that, during a trial, you never ask the witness a question you don't already know the answer to. Michael Moore follows this adage throughout his alternately entertaining and disturbing documentary Sicko, as he interviews doctors from countries with nationalized healthcare, asking each one how much patients pay and then feigning surprise each time the physician gives the same oh-so-shocking response that response, of course, being "nothing". However, when detailing a handful of horror stories people share about the deaths of loved ones caught in the profit-driven, red-tape filled bureaucracy of HMOs, Moore never feigns his anger. The twist being that Moore expresses that anger not in his physical appearance or his voice, but in the way he wields his edits like a sledgehammer, using every element in a director's bag of tricks to make the audience feel the loss, pain, and outrage he and his subjects feel at the failure of the health care system. In detailing how insurance companies, drug companies, and the government created the health care system that exists in America at the beginning of the 21st century, Moore manages to skewer Nixon, Reagan, and Hillary Clinton, while also providing an enlightening interview with a British politician, Tony Benn, who discusses how socialized medicine came to be in the U.K., as well as the importance of democracy. This interview goes to the heart of Sicko's message because democracy and power are the larger concepts Moore wants his audience to think about after they view the film. From the beginning of his directorial career, Moore has always been a masterful agitprop filmmaker. He gets under the skin of both his supporters and his detractors because he understands how to appeal to emotions, and although he doesn't always know how to fix the problems he addresses in his films, there's never doubt that those problems are serious and need to be addressed. At his best and Sicko is among his best, Moore places his subject in the right context, in order to illustrate what these issues say about America on a larger scale. Moore directs these grand questions toward his audience, even though most of the time, his answers to the questions are clear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2007
  • UPC: 796019807500
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Weinstein Company
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,771

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Moore Participant
Technical Credits
Michael Moore Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Kathleen Glynn Executive Producer
Tony Hardmon Camera Operator
Annie Moore Co-producer
Anne Moore Co-producer
Peter Nelson Camera Operator
Erin O'Hara Score Composer
Meghan O'Hara Producer
Geoffrey Richman Editor
Christopher Seward Editor
Dan Sweitlik Editor
Dan Swietlik Editor
Jonathan Weaver Camera Operator
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Rehya Young Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sicko
1. Meet the Smiths [9:50]
2. Rejected: Too Thin, Too Fat [5:55]
3. Happy, Insured Customers [5:17]
4. The Hit Man [7:02]
5. A Public Confession [1:59]
6. The Birth of the HMO [11:32]
7. O Canada! [11:20]
8. Great Britain: Where's the Billing Department? [9:47]
9. Democracy Is Revolutionary [7:26]
10. An American Filmmaker in Paris [11:45]
11. The French: Time to Chuck the Freedom Fries [5:55]
12. "Who Are We?" [5:46]
13. Sick & Forgotten: Our Heroes of 9/11 [7:16]
14. Escape to Guantanamo [1:28]
15. Cuban Care [5:41]
16. We Sink or Swim Together [7:14]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sicko
   Play Movie
   Captions & Subtitles
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      Spanish
      None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Sicko Goes to Washington
      This Country Beats France
      Uniquely American
      What if You Worked for G.E. in France?
      Sister Mary Fidel
      Who Would Jesus Deny?
      More With Mike and Tony Benn
      Interview Gallery
         Play All
         Mike's Extended Interview With Che's Daughter, Dr. Aleida Guevara
         Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren: Even Fully Insured Americans Get Screwed
         An Interview With Marcia Angell, M.D., Author of "The Truth About the Drug Companies"
      A Different Kind of Hollywood Premiere
      "Alone Without You" Music Video Performed by The Nightwatchmen
      Theatrical Trailer
      DVD Credits
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    This is an amazing film. This film will make you open your mind to the reality of society's flaws. America may be called "America the beautiful" but how beautiful is it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SOMEONE FINALLY SPEAKS THE TRUTH

    This is the film that will turn any Moore-haters. He puts himself in the background and really focuses on the issue at hand, the rigged, profit-focused health care industry in the United States. Whether you like or hate Moore it doesnt matter, just see this film. You simply cannot argue that this film is anything but the truth. Walk out your door and talk to any "middle class" American and you will hear the very same concerns. This is Micheal Moore's bravest, strongest, most essential film yet. This is about human nature, THIS IS NOT POLITICS. THIS IS FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AS HUMAN BEINGS.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It only hurts when I Laugh

    Michael Moore may not look like your classic genius, but he is. His ability to combine fact, humor, and good old American common sense, and make it fun and entertaining, is remarkable and gifted. I'll admit I had reservations myself about the cost/benefit of universal health care, and the critical innuendoes thereof abundant in our culture. Micheal Moore empathizes with such reservation, but shows us how pathetically brainwashed we are, with both his documented facts, and intuitive displays of peoples' satisfaction living with such systems. He shows the obvious (but not snotty) amusement of Canadians, French and Brits (and Cubans too) with the typical American disbelief and skepticism - at the same time expressing their empathy for our travails and respect for Americans as basically good people. They only want to help. This is hard for the right wing and the for-profit disease-care industry to counterpoint. Facts can always be disputed, and statistics can always be scrutinized, but the interviews with these people in other countries tells a better story than all the fact and figures you can find, and in a very entertaining way. We've gotten so used to living this way, we've forgotten how it used to be, and how it should be. We ride with the French physician driving around all night making house calls. A public service started by a doctor that got 24-hour plumbing service and thought humans were at least as important as plumbing. We visit the "cashier" in a British hospital, whose sole purpose is to reimberse people for travel expenses and other out-of-pocket expenses that are covered by the government health service. We see an American stocking up with 50 cent inhalers in Cuba that cost her $200 in New York, the identical product. We see Canadians who are afraid to leave Canada without travelers health insurance, because they had a Canadian friend who got a $500,000 bill for a concussion while in Hawaii, which would not have cost him a cent in Canada. We see "Health Care Refugees" from the USA who go to other countries (illegally) to get care free because it is prohibitively expensive in the USA. And American expatriots who have guilt complexes about the lack of care (and prohibitive/bankrupting expense of care) back in the States, which they get free. But the most remarkable thing is to see the content and satisfaction of foreigners in their respective countries, how complacent and confident they are with their health care systems (both health care professionals and patients,) and how that compares with the countless incidents of patient apathy and professional disparagement our system has created, not to mention the unending increases in costs.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just what the doctor NEEDS to order

    Imagine a world where the rich come to play and the poor come to pay thousands of dollars a month to stay alive for a meesly bottle of pills. That's SICKO. The first non 'in your face' documentary from Michael Moore. A family friendly film you could say. But don't expect not to ball your eyes out when a dazed woman is thrown out of a car from the hospital she was in because of lack of funds. Moore even lets the story unfold without him. He shows up 18 minutes into the film! In a time of cruelty and injustice, Sicko attempts to put everything back into order...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    I LOVE THIS MOVIE!! As a Canadaian viewer, I cannot believe the

    I LOVE THIS MOVIE!! As a Canadaian viewer, I cannot believe the crap that americans have to go through to seek medical attention. That poor mother whose child was refused at a hospital and then died on the way to the 'right' hospital. Here in Canada that would NEVER HAPPEN!!! Nor should it happen to anyone in this world!! I have no idea what this world is coming to!!! I cant believe how pissed off I am over that situation. I know no country is perfect, but what is more precious and important than saving another human being! I guess in the states money !!! I find that so hard to wrap my mind around. Micheal you have really opened my eyes and heart to what is really going on in this world! All your documentaries are life changing and thought changing. If you were to ever become president you would without a doubt have my vote! Dont stop opening peoples eyes, ears and hearts to what is going on in this world. Keep it up Mike your awesome!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    His Best

    I really like most (not all) of Moore's films, but this one is his very best. If you're not moved (and outraged) by this film, there's something wrong with your heart. Many of the subjects of the interviews are insiders that have been unable to continue the shameful practices of our FUBAR American health care system.

    I've checked the facts in this film, and they ARE accurate. The HMOs are parasites; middlemen that provide nothing, and produce nothing - except misery, bankruptcy, and in some cases death.

    If you want to really get a sense of what the "other side" of the issue is really like, look at all the cowards posting 1-star reviews anonymously. Let that be your guide. Please watch this film and get the real story for yourself. This is important stuff.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    should be a core requirement.

    I watched this film last night and became sick to my stomach. Not that the United States deserve a Health care service, but to know that people in the USA are so ignorant they refuse to apply common sense and are so full of hatred and greed that the do not believe they deserve good care. I have health insurance, but I am so scared to even feel sick. God Help us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    My favorite movie - in all honesty!

    I am sorry to say that this is my favorite movie.
    It should not be... In a perfect world this move should not needed to be made. But this is not a perfect world, just a perfect movie.
    (I cry everytime I watch it.)
    If you know anyone who had problems with the "health" "care" system - and you surely do (!) - watch this movie! Bring family and friends together, discussions will surely follow. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Sicko

    Very revealing and thought-provoking. Brings to mind personal experiences with the medical system.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Moore hits it again!!!

    I know most will say blah blah blah, more Michael Moore propaganda...wahhhhhh...whatever. Like another reviewer said, he basically sits on the backburner in this film and lets people explain for him, that the health care system in this country is horrendous. You know, there's a time and a place for capitalism, but when it comes to insurance companies, and how they basically have their way with people's lives, however they want, it's truly saddening and sickening. I do hope that many people will have a chance to view this, because it's such a great eye opener to one aspect America is truly failing at...making health care available for all. Not just that, but how insurance companies in general, not just health ones, basically run our lives, and budgets.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Have you checked YOUR facts?

    I have never seen another Michael Moore film, so I was expecting something very extreme, possibly ludicrous, based on all the negative press I'd heard. But I was very pleasantly surprised. As a student of health policy, he addressed a lot of concerns that experts have been voicing as well. Of course there is bias and sarcasm, etc., but his facts ARE real. If you go to Michael Moore's website, he has a fact check link, where he gives all his sources so that you can read them yourself. I am not familiar with all of them, but a lot of his statistics are from the WHO, the CDC and IOM, all very reputable sources. Many of these papers I have been assigned to read for class. So before you shoot down all his points, I'd like to see some research to the contrary (other than from a partisan think tank). Our health care system has serious problems-- that much is indisputable. So what exactly are people trying to defend here?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Mike, you are a the best! It's a real terrible story about beaut

    Mike, you are a the best! It's a real terrible story about beautiful american dream. Thank you for your struggle for destinies of ordinary Americans!

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

    Saw SICKO tonight on austrian-german-swiss 3sat-TV and became ch

    Saw SICKO tonight on austrian-german-swiss 3sat-TV and became chocked how the heck the US is taking care about and how those responsible insurance companies there treated and still are treating the health of those people and others too, shown in SICKO! I knew how bad it is to get sick and ill in the US, but I didn´t know it is as bad as Michael M. showed in SICKO! This mess the stupidity of the Republicans stands for together with the generous weapon law in nearby the whole US was the main reason not to use any of those Greencards I´ve been offered for the past years! As an german cittizen living in Stockholm/Sweden I only can wish all US-citizens like those shown in SICKO that it finally comes to a badly needed "CHANGE" for them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Again with the misrepresentation and "dare I say it" lies

    Once again we learn from Michael Moore that our lives would be much better if only we allowed the government to manage them for us. Health care is better in Cuba? Give me a break. Health care is better in Canada? I suppose that's why they cross the border to the US to obtain procedures that are unavailable to them in a timely manner in Canada. One of their leading politicians came to the United States for to be treated for her Breast Cancer "while steadfastly and incredulously stating that she believes in the Canadian health care system". I've seen and been in VA hospitals and have seen how deplorable those conditions are. That's the type of medical care we'll all receive if we allow the government to make our medical decisions for us. Michael, you need to understand that for a documentary to be a documentary, it really does need to contain facts and truth, otherwise you end up with the types of movies and entertainment that you produce, a mockumentary. And for those, I go to Christopher Guest and friends for their productions - they do a much more entertaining job of these types of fake documentaries. But then, when the fans go to see those movies, they realize that "it's only a movie" and a damn good comedy, and it's not some sort of fabricated social commentary. As P. J. O'Rourke said, "If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free." I concur wholeheartedly with Mr. O'Rourke.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Moore......Unrealistic Docudrama

    This movie is unrealistic and only sensationalism makes it worth finding at best humorous. The Cuba boating scene is not real life? The facts are not accurate and information is presented loosely as to weave an inaccurate story. We have to ask these simple questions: How many Americans go to Canada, Europe or Cuba HOPING to get great medical care? VERY, very few. How many Canadians, Europeans, and others come to the USA for medical care? (We know the Cuban citizens are normally not allowed to leave or you know where they would go for medical care). There ARE very many people and officials that come to the USA for medical assistance. This DVD is simply a laugher.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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