Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

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Director: Robert Greenwald
     
 

In this expose of America's most popular superstore, Outfoxed director Robert Greenwald takes a look at Wal-Mart's alleged questionable business tactics and the damaging effects that the nationwide giant has on small-town business owners. Take a look behind the spotless exterior and into the lives of the people who put their livelihood into Wal-Mart's hands,…  See more details below

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In this expose of America's most popular superstore, Outfoxed director Robert Greenwald takes a look at Wal-Mart's alleged questionable business tactics and the damaging effects that the nationwide giant has on small-town business owners. Take a look behind the spotless exterior and into the lives of the people who put their livelihood into Wal-Mart's hands, only to discover that their fair-weather employer was nowhere to be found in their time of need. From the local business owners to the communities and everyone else affected by Wal-Mart's unprecedented grasp on the consumer marketplace, this documentary offers a little-seen perspective on the store that sent "mom and pop" packing.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Robert Greenwald continues his string of activist documentaries with Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, a rallying cry against what many consider to be the epitome of sleazy big business that targets and even has a hand in creating America's lowest economic class. While obviously biased, the film is infused with enough firsthand human drama and shocking statistics that it's hard to think that it can't have an impact. Sadly, the culture it's unleashed upon either already holds its own opinions on the matter or the people that really should see it probably won't. And though striking in its nature, the documentary has come under some valid criticisms that it doesn't shine a light on the consumers who continue to shop there. While that concern could be made into its own film, it just might be the one topic that Greenwald doesn't touch, and because of that, it's almost as if he's glossing over that fact or turning a blind eye to it. Still, this is an important piece of work that will no doubt reach an audience thanks to the ingenious grassroots marketing campaign with which Greenwald has aligned himself.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2005
UPC:
0826262001896
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Disinformation
Region Code:
0
Time:
2:42:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Condensed 20 minute version; Behind the scenes ; Director's commentary; 8 Parody commercials; The spoofmakers; 4 Special videos: Canada, England, Our moral voices, Don't Mourn...Take Action!

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Disc #1 -- Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
1. The Wal-Mart Gospel [2:15]
2. Out of Business [10:30]
3. Razing Main Street America [2:35]
4. Workers Pay, Wal-Mart Profits [9:38]
5. Union Busting [7:41]
6. Germany [1:00]
7. Off the Clock [5:42]
8. Are Women Useless? [2:58]
9. Race Matters [2:11]
10. Communities Pay, Wal-Mart Profits [10:08]
11. The Earth Pays, Wal-Mart Profits [5:24]
12. Made in China [6:45]
13. Good Jobs Around the World [1:13]
14. Truth and Consequences [4:23]
15. Is Greed Good? [3:35]
16. Customers Pay, Wal-Mart Profits [8:55]
17. Victory! Victory! Victory! [9:48]
18. End Credits [2:45]

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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If i could give this so called documentary zero stars i would. After watching this i am supposed to believe that every thing that goes wrong in the world is the fault of wal-mart. Everything from crime to health care. For the most part i just wanted to tell the people in the movie to cry me a river. The company i work for provides insurance and takes a pretty good chunk out of each of pay checks to pay for it and yes i still have to pay a co-pay until i meet my detuctible. Does that mean i should be out protesting my company? The part about wal-mart not doing anything about crime in their parking lots was almost laughable to me. I'm sure that no other business has had a crime committed in their parking lots. Yeah right! It's a rough and sometimes violent world out there folks it is not wal-marts job to hold your hand. Are you going to blame wal-mart if you are walking down the street and someone attacks you too? Liberals started welfare and other forms of government assistance and then they bash walmart for not paying enough and there employees taking advantage of the government assistance. But what about other companies that do not pay their employees enough and they need to get public assistance how come you are not bashing them? Or is the assistance just for illlegal aliens or people that do not want to work? I will admit that i did feel bad for the people that lost their businesses. But small businesses have been forced out of business since the founding of our counry it is called progress and competition. Liberals call themselves progressives accept when it comes to business and competition after watching this movie is obviously a dirty word. Sorry but i cannot afford to pay the smaller stores higher prices. That is why i shop at wal-mart. Not because i think that they are a perfect company. But because i can afford to shop there. If someone else had lower prices i would shop there. I get alittle tired of being lectured by people that live in fancy houses and drive fancy cars as a couple of people in the movie did. Lecturing me about the evils of wal-mart and shopping there. For a big majority of us that live in the real world wal-mart is one the only places we afford to shop at.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie but does not mention 'dead peasant' life insurance policies Walmart takes out on employees with Walmart as the beneficiary. Home Depot needs to be featured next by Greenwald as the number 2 retailer.Here's why: 1) Home Depot is as anti-union as Walmart,with similar propaganda and employee monitoring.Home Depot says supervisors are management yet are hourly and therefore exempt from joining unions. 2)Home Deot employees incur many thousands of dollars in medical expenses and clothing replacement as a result of injuries and damage performing store- assigned work. 3) Home Depot claims it is "impossible" to schedule every store employee one weekend off per month. 4) Home Depot store and district management allegedly routinely manipulate timekeeping records which falsifies actual coverage in various areas in their stores and for other purposes. 5) Inventory fraud is common throughout stores with district and store management approval. 6) Employees are monitored in breakrooms and salaried management coached on how not to appear as if they know about work performed off the clock. 7) Supervisors have NO CONTROL over who is hire,fired,disciplined, and very little control over performance reviews. 8) Employees who contact the internal alert line appear to identified by cross-referencing employee phone numbers with phone numbers billed to the 800 alert line and anonymous callers are considered by HR management as "underground agitators". 9) OSHA empowers Home Depot to cripple employees through musculoskeletal injuries which will burden taxpayers billions of dollars in the future and which are avoidable through reasonable staffing. 10) Home Depot management rotuinely designs hit lists to target employees for harassment and to make them quit. 11)Home Depot allows widespread returns fraud, taking it out of employee pay and benefits and store profits.
ClarkP More than 1 year ago
An eye-opening film. Excellent with many strong facts. It wouldn't be necessary if Wal-Mart did not actively seek to break labor laws nationwide. Unions are a good thing. This is a must watch show.
Christain More than 1 year ago
Ben Stein should be ashamed of himself. Taking time on CBS Sunday morning to say "those people at Walmart look happy to me". This company has no shame. They push the envelope of evil to the point that would make Saddam blush. They do not care about anybody but themselves. Hey Ben instead of crying at the resignation of Nixion perhaps you might shed a tear for all those who have lost everything due to this company. A company that knows no bottom to the level it will sink to squeeze the almighty dollar from those who can ill afford to give it. I will NEVER SHOP AT Walmart, neither should you...after seeing this movie...could anyone?
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