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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price Details

  • Release Date: Nov 04, 2005
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  • Runtime: 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Robert Greenwald

FULL SYNOPSIS

Wal-Mart has become one of America's most successful retail chains by offering everyday goods at low prices for working families. But just how is Wal-Mart able to charge less than many of their rivals, and what has their success done for their employees? Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes a look inside the discount retailer's empire in Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, and discovers a company short on scruples and long on shabby treatment of the people who work for them. Through interviews with labor experts and former Wal-Mart employees, Greenwald documents the firm's anti-union tactics, their history of paying wages often below the poverty line, the high price they charge for health benefits (employees are often encouraged to apply for government subsidized health care programs instead), their methods for driving away locally owned businesses, their practice of hiring illegal aliens for cleanup crews at a fraction of minimum wage, the abysmal working conditions and pay in the Third World plants where much of Wal-Mart's goods are manufactured, and more. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price is one in a series of muckraking documentaries from director Greenwald which includes the films Greenwald, Greenwald, and Greenwald. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 4, 2005

Cast

Crew

Robert Greenwald
Director
Robert Greenwald
Producer
Jim Gilliam
Producer
Devin Smith
Producer
G. Marq Roswell
Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Florio
Editor
Douglas Cheek
Editor
Chris Gordon
Editor
Jonathan Brock
Editor
Kerry Candaele
Co-producer
Luisa Dantas
Co-producer
Caty Borum
Co-producer
Sarah Feeley
Co-producer
Meleiza Figueroa
Research
Kristy Tully
Supervising Cinematographer
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