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BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE
USA: Metro Goldwyn Mayer
UK: Momentum Pictures
Cast: Michael Moore, George W Bush, Dick Clark, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, John Nichols, Matt Stone
Director: Michael Moore
Countries: USA / Canada
USA: 120 mins
UK: 119 mins
USA Rated: R for some violent images and language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language
USA Release Date: 11 October 2002 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 15 November 2002
Written, produced and directed by Michael Moore, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE is an alternately humorous and horrifying film about the Untied States. It is a film about the state of the Union, about the violent soul of America. Why do 11,000 people die in America each year at the hands of gun violence? The talking heads yelling from every TV camera blame everything from Satan to video games. But are we that much different from many other countries? What sets us apart? How have we become both the master and victim of such enormous amounts of violence? This is not a film about gun control. It is a film about the fearful heart and soul of the United States, and the 280 million Americans lucky enough to have the right to a constitutionally protected Uzi.
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE was the first documentary film accepted into competition at the Cannes Film Festival (2002) in 46 years and it was unanimously awarded the 55th Anniversary Jury Prize. From a look at the Columbine High School security camera tapes, to a young man who makes homemade napalm with 'The Anarchist's Cookbook', BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE is a journey through America, and through our past, hoping to discover why our pursuit of happiness is so riddled with violence.