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Michael Moore's wickedly iconoclastic documentary was inspired by the decline and fall of Flint, Michigan. Once the site of a thriving General Motors plant, Flint went quickly to seed when GM decided to close down and move out. As Moore pokes around what has been described by one magazine as "the worst place to live in America", he finds out how the local populace is coping with GM's betrayal of the American Dream. Among those visited are a family who is evicted just before Christmas, and an enterprising middle-aged woman who set up a thriving business slaughtering and skinning rabbits. Never feigning objectivity, Moore contrasts the impact of the shutdown on the average Joes and Janes with the diffident reaction of Flint's power elite. The latter's patronizing attitude towards the unemployed multitudes is succinctly captured in the scenes in which visiting celebrities Robert Schuller, Anita Bryant, Bobby Vinton and Pat Boone exhort the citizenry to grin and bear it. Even more out of synch is "Miss Michigan" Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, who in her morale-boosting speech to the disenfranchised GM employees begs them to pull for her in the upcoming Miss America pageant! The film's throughline is Moore's futile effort to locate GM chairman Roger Smith, so that he can show Moore first-hand the utter devastation of Flint. Michael Moore is very funny, but it is the gallows humor of soldiers about to embark on a suicide mission. In 1992, Michael Moore more or less updated Michael Moore with his half-hour short subject Michael Moore. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 27, 1989

Cast

Anita Bryant
Pat Boone
as Himself
Bob Eubanks
as Himself
Connie Francis
as Herself
Michael Moore
as Himself
Bob Eubanks
as Himself
Pat Boone
as Himself
Connie Francis
as Herself

Crew

Michael Moore
Director
Michael Moore
Producer
Michael Moore
Screenwriter
Kevin Rafferty
Cinematographer
Wendey Stanzler
Editor
Wendey Stanzler
Associate Producer
Judy Irving
Sound/Sound Designer
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