A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director:

Michael Moore

Writer:

Michael Moore
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Michael Moore ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tucker Albrizzi ... Self
Tony Benn Tony Benn ... Self
George W. Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Reggie Cervantes Reggie Cervantes ... Self
Bill Clinton ... Self (archive footage)
Hillary Clinton ... Self (archive footage) (as Hillary Rodham Clinton)
Billy Crystal ... Self (archive footage)
John Graham John Graham ... Self
Aleida Guevara ... Self
William Maher William Maher ... Self
Richard Nixon ... Self (archive footage)
Patrick Pedraja Patrick Pedraja ... Self
Linda Peeno Linda Peeno ... Self
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Storyline

Documentary look at health care in the United States as provided by profit-oriented health maintenance organizations (HMOs) compared to free, universal care in Canada, the U.K., and France. Moore contrasts U.S. media reports on Canadian care with the experiences of Canadians in hospitals and clinics there. He interviews patients and doctors in the U.K. about cost, quality, and salaries. He examines why Nixon promoted HMOs in 1971, and why the Clintons' reform effort failed in the 1990s. He talks to U.S. ex-pats in Paris about French services, and he takes three 9/11 clean-up volunteers, who developed respiratory problems, to Cuba for care. He asks of Americans, "Who are we?" Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This might hurt a little. See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Insurance companies banned employees from being interviewed in the documentary. See more »

Goofs

As he is in the boat nearing the United States naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Michael Moore shouts that the base is on United States soil. It is on Cuban soil and leased by the United States. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
George W. Bush: We got issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their... their love with women all across the country.
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Crazy Credits

A quote by Alexis de Tocqueville on the greatness of America is shown in the end credits: "The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults." A small postscript is then added: "(He was French.)" See more »

Connections

Spun-off from TV Nation: Product Placement Night (1994) See more »

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Pit and the Pendulum
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Music by Dolph Taylor and Russell Emanuel
Extreme Music Library
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Viewer beware on Sicko
13 June 2007 | by roblange17See all my reviews

As an American this movie was one of the most depressing movies I've seen in awhile. Bowling for Columbine doesn't even hold a candle to the disheartening realizations contained in this film. I walked away with a sick taste in my mouth having been reminded of how disgusting and heartless our bottom line policy making is. How sick it is to be imprisoned by the government through healthcare. How the healthcare system will tear down every other joy in your life until your 80, working 50 hours a week to pay the cost of staying alive, unable to stand against the rich or have the hope left to vote. Thus the propaganda arm of the American Dream prevails. I don't plan to watch this movie again until I obtain citizenship in Britain, France, Cuba… or Ron Paul could get elected president and as a former physician he might actually fix the system.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish | Russian

Release Date:

3 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

SiCKO See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,969, 24 June 2007

Gross USA:

$24,540,079

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,163,768
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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