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Michael Moore

Moore at the 66th Venice International Film Festival in 2009.
Born Michael Francis Moore
April 23, 1954 (1954-04-23) (age 55)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.[1]
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1972–present[2]
Spouse(s) Kathleen Glynn (1991-present)
Official website

Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American filmmaker, author and liberal political commentator. He is the director and producer of Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, and Capitalism: A Love Story, four of the top eight highest-grossing documentaries of all time.[3] In September 2008, he released his first free movie on the Internet, Slacker Uprising, documenting his personal crusade to encourage more Americans to vote in presidential elections.[4] He has also written and starred in the TV shows TV Nation and The Awful Truth.

Moore is a self-described liberal[5] who has criticized globalization, large corporations, assault weapon ownership, the Iraq War, U.S. President George W. Bush and the American health care system in his written and cinematic works.


Early life

Moore was born in Flint, Michigan[1] and raised in Davison, a suburb of Flint, by parents Veronica, a secretary, and Frank Moore, an automotive assembly-line worker.[6][7] At that time, the city of Flint was home to many General Motors factories, where his parents and grandfather worked. His uncle LaVerne was one of the founders of the United Automobile Workers labor union and participated in the Flint Sit-Down Strike.[8] Moore has described his parents as "Irish Catholic Democrats, basic liberal good people."[9]

Moore was brought up Irish Catholic, attended parochial St. John's Elementary School for primary school and originally intended to join the seminary.[6][10][11][12] He then attended Davison High School, where he was active in both drama and debate,[13] graduating in 1972. At the age of 18, he was elected to the Davison school board.[14]


After dropping out of the University of Michigan-Flint (where he wrote for the student newspaper The Michigan Times) and working for a day at the General Motors plant,[15] at 22 he founded the alternative weekly magazine The Flint Voice, which soon changed its name to The Michigan Voice as it expanded to cover the entire state. In 1986, when Moore became the editor of Mother Jones, a liberal political magazine, he moved to California and The Michigan Voice was shut down.

After four months at Mother Jones, Moore was fired. Matt Labash of The Weekly Standard reported this was for refusing to print an article by Paul Berman that was critical of the Sandinista human rights record in Nicaragua.[16] Moore refused to run the article, believing it to be inaccurate. "The article was flatly wrong and the worst kind of patronizing bullshit. You would scarcely know from it that the United States had been at war with Nicaragua for the last five years."[17] Berman described Moore as a "very ideological guy and not a very well-educated guy" when asked about the incident.[18] Moore believes that Mother Jones fired him because of the publisher's refusal to allow him to cover a story on the GM plant closings in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. He responded by putting laid-off GM worker Ben Hamper (who was also writing for the same magazine at the time) on the magazine's cover, leading to his termination. Moore sued for wrongful dismissal, and settled out of court for $58,000, providing him with seed money for his first film, Roger & Me.[19]


Roger & Me
Moore first became famous for his 1989 film, Roger & Me, a documentary about what happened to Flint, Michigan after General Motors closed its factories and opened new ones in Mexico, where the workers were paid much less. Since then Moore has been known as a critic of the neoliberal view of globalization. "Roger" is Roger B. Smith, former CEO and president of General Motors.
Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint
(1992) is a short (23-minute) documentary film that was aired on PBS. It is based on the feature-length film Roger & Me (1989) by Michael Moore. The film's title refers to Rhonda Britton, a Flint, Michigan, resident featured in both the 1989 and 1992 films who sells rabbits as either pets or meat.[citation needed]
Canadian Bacon
In 1995, Moore released a satirical film, Canadian Bacon, which features a fictional US president (played by Alan Alda) engineering a fake war with Canada in order to boost his popularity. It is noted for containing a number of Canadian and American stereotypes, and for being Moore's only non-documentary film. The film is also one of the last featuring Canadian-born actor John Candy, and also features a number of cameos by other Canadian actors. In the film, several potential enemies for America's next great campaign are discussed by the president and his cabinet. (The scene was strongly influenced by the Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove.) The President comments that declaring war on Canada was as ridiculous as declaring war on international terrorism. His military adviser, played by Rip Torn, quickly rebuffs this idea, saying that no one would care about "... a bunch of guys driving around blowing up rent-a-cars."
The Big One
In 1997, Moore directed The Big One, which documents the tour publicizing his book Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American, in which he criticizes mass layoffs despite record corporate profits. Among others, he targets Nike for outsourcing shoe production to Indonesia.
Bowling for Columbine
Moore's 2002 film, Bowling for Columbine, probes the culture of guns and violence in the United States, taking as a starting point the Columbine High School massacre of 1999. Bowling for Columbine won the Anniversary Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival[20] and France's Cesar Award as the Best Foreign Film. In the United States, it won the 2002 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. It also enjoyed great commercial and critical success for a film of its type and became, at the time, the highest-grossing mainstream-released documentary (a record now held by Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11). It was praised by some for illuminating a subject slighted by the mainstream media, but it was attacked by others who considered it inaccurate and misleading in its presentations and suggested interpretations of events.
Fahrenheit 9/11
Fahrenheit 9/11 examines America in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, particularly the record of the Bush administration and alleged links between the families of George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden. Fahrenheit was awarded the Palme d'Or,[21] the top honor at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival; it was the first documentary film to win the prize since 1956. Moore later announced that Fahrenheit 9/11 would not be in consideration for the 2005 Academy Award for Documentary Feature, but instead for the Academy Award for Best Picture. He stated he wanted the movie to be seen by a few million more people, preferably on television, by election day. Since November 2 was less than nine months after the film's release, it would be disqualified for the Documentary Oscar. Moore also said he wanted to be supportive of his "teammates in non-fiction film." However, Fahrenheit received no Oscar nomination for Best Picture. The title of the film alludes to the classic book Fahrenheit 451 about a future totalitarian state in which books are banned; according to the book, paper begins to burn at 451 degrees Fahrenheit. The pre-release subtitle of the film confirms the allusion: "The temperature at which freedom burns." At the box office, Fahrenheit 9/11 is the second highest-grossing documentary of all time, taking in over US$200 million worldwide, including United States box office revenue of almost US$120 million.[3]
Moore directed this film about the American health care system, focusing particularly on the managed-care and pharmaceutical industries. At least four major pharmaceutical companiesPfizer, Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, and GlaxoSmithKline—ordered their employees not to grant any interviews to Moore.[22][23][24] According to Moore on a letter at his website, "roads that often surprise us and lead us to new ideas – and challenge us to reconsider the ones we began with have caused some minor delays." The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 19 May 2007, receiving a lengthy standing ovation, and was released in the U.S. and Canada on 29 June 2007.[25] The film was the subject of some controversy when it became known that Moore went to Cuba with chronically ill September 11th rescue workers to shoot parts of the film. The United States is looking into whether this violates the trade embargo. The film is currently ranked the third highest grossing documentary of all time[3] and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.[26]
Captain Mike Across America
[27] Moore takes a look at the politics of college students in what he calls "Bush Administration America" with this film shot during Moore's 60-city college campus tour in the months leading up to the 2004 election.[28][29] The film was later re-edited by Moore into Slacker Uprising.
Capitalism: A Love Story
On September 23, 2009, Moore released a new movie titled Capitalism: A Love Story, which looks at the financial crisis of 2007–2010 and the U.S. economy during the transition between the incoming Obama Administration and the outgoing Bush Administration. Addressing a press conference at its release, Moore said, "Democracy is not a spectator sport, it's a participatory event. If we don't participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy. So Obama will rise or fall based not so much on what he does but on what we do to support him."[30]


Moore has dabbled in acting, following a 2000 supporting role in Lucky Numbers as the cousin of Lisa Kudrow's character, who agrees to be part of the scheme concocted by John Travolta's character. He also had a cameo in his Canadian Bacon as an anti-Canada activist. In 2004, he did a cameo, as a news journalist, in The Fever, starring Vanessa Redgrave in the lead.


Between 1994 and 1995, he directed and hosted the BBC television series TV Nation, which followed the format of news magazine shows but covered topics they avoid. The series aired on BBC2 in the UK. The series was also aired in the US on NBC in 1994 for 9 episodes and again for 8 episodes on Fox in 1995.

His other major series was The Awful Truth, which satirized actions by big corporations and politicians. It aired on Channel 4 in the UK, and the Bravo network in the US, in 1999 and 2000.

Another 1999 series, Michael Moore Live, was aired in the UK only on Channel 4, though it was broadcast from New York. This show had a similar format to The Awful Truth, but also incorporated phone-ins and a live stunt each week.

In 1999 Moore won the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in Arts and Entertainment, for being the executive producer and host of The Awful Truth, where he was also described as "muckraker, author and documentary filmmaker".

Music videos

Moore has directed several music videos, including two for Rage Against the Machine for songs from The Battle of Los Angeles: "Sleep Now in the Fire" and "Testify". He was threatened with arrest during the shooting of "Sleep Now in the Fire", which was filmed on Wall Street; the city of New York had denied the band permission to play there, although the band and Moore had secured a federal permit to perform.[31]

He also directed the video for R.E.M. single "All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)" in 2001.He also directed the video for the System of a Down song, "Boom!".

Appearances in other documentaries

  • Moore appeared in The Drugging of Our Children,[32] a 2005 documentary about over-prescription of psychiatric medication to children and teenagers, directed by Gary Null a proponent of Alternative Medicine. In the film Moore agrees with Gary Null that Ritalin and other similar drugs are over-prescribed, saying that they are seen as a "pacifier".
  • Moore appeared on fellow Flint natives Grand Funk Railroad's edition of Behind The Music.
  • Moore appeared as an off-camera interviewer in Blood in the Face, a 1991 documentary about white supremacy groups. The film centers around a neo-Nazi gathering in Michigan.[33]
  • Moore appeared in The Yes Men, a 2003 documentary about two men who pose as the World Trade Organization. He appears during a segment concerning working conditions in Mexico and Latin America.
  • Moore was interviewed for the 2004 documentary, The Corporation. One of his highlighted quotes was: "The problem is the profit motive: for corporations, there's no such thing as 'enough'".[34]
  • Moore appeared briefly in Alex Jones's 2005 film Martial Law 9/11: Rise of the Police State. Jones criticises Moore for not going into depth about 9/11 in his documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 and portraying Bush as an unassuming front man as opposed to an active conspirator in 9/11.
  • Moore featured prominently in the 2005 documentary This Divided State, which followed the heated level of controversy surrounding his visit to a conservative city in the United States two weeks before the 2004 election.
  • Moore appeared in the 2006 documentary I'm Going to Tell You a Secret, which chronicles Madonna during her 2004 Re-Invention World Tour. Moore attended her show in New York City at Madison Square Garden.
  • Moore featured in the 2008 documentary "Shooting Michael Moore," which follows up on the lives of subjects featured in Moore's films.[35]


Moore has authored three best-selling books:

Political views

Though Moore rejects the label "political activist,"[37] he has been active in promoting his political views. According to John Flesher of the Associated Press, Moore is known for his "fiery left-wing populism,"[38] and the political left have hailed him as the "new Tom Paine."[39]

Moore was a high-profile guest at both the 2004 Democratic National Convention and the 2004 Republican National Convention, chronicling his impressions in USA Today. He was criticized in a speech by Republican Senator John McCain as "a disingenuous film-maker." Moore laughed and waved as Republican attendees jeered, later chanting "four more years." Moore gestured his thumb and finger at the crowd, which translates into "loser."[40]

During September and October 2004, Moore spoke at universities and colleges in swing states during his "Slacker Uprising Tour". The tour gave away ramen and underwear to young people who promised to vote. This provoked public denunciations from the Michigan Republican Party and attempts to convince the government that Moore should be arrested for buying votes, but since Moore did not tell the "slackers" involved for whom to vote, just to vote, district attorneys refused to get involved. Quite possibly the most controversial stop during the tour was Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah. A fight for his right to speak ensued and resulted in massive public debates and a media blitz. Death threats, bribes and lawsuits followed. The event was chronicled in the documentary film This Divided State.[41]

Despite having supported Ralph Nader in 2000, Moore urged Nader not to run in the 2004 election so as not to split the left vote. On Real Time with Bill Maher, Moore and Maher knelt before Nader to plead with him to stay out of the race. In June 2004, Moore stated that he is not a member of the Democratic party. Although Moore endorsed General Wesley Clark for the Democratic nomination on January 14, Clark withdrew from the primary race on February 11. Moore drew attention when charging publicly that Bush was AWOL during his service in the National Guard, describing Bush as "The Deserter" (see George W. Bush military service controversy).[42]

On April 21, 2008, Moore endorsed Barack Obama for President, stating that Hillary Clinton's recent actions had been "disgusting."[43]

Hurricane Gustav controversy

In 2008, as Hurricane Gustav approached the Gulf Coast as a Category 3/4 hurricane, Moore told MSNBC host Keith Olbermann on August 29, 2008 that the hurricane is "proof that there is a God in heaven,"[44] since it would be hitting land on the same day as the start of the Republican National Convention. He further said it is proof of God "to just have it planned at the same time, that it would actually be on its way to New Orleans for day one of the Republican convention, up in the Twin Cities, at the top of the Mississippi River."[44] He also added, "I mean, I certainly hope nobody gets hurt. I hope everybody's taking cover."[44] Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise demanded an apology from Moore, calling the remarks offensive and inappropriate, adding, "the God I know would not share Michael Moore's glee for our plight."[44] On August 31, Moore posted a satirical letter to God on his website, thanking Him for the timing of the storm but asking him to let it die at sea so it would do no serious damage.[45] Two days later, Moore said of his Gustav comments on his website, "Never explain comedy or satire or the ironic comment. Those who get it, get it. Those who don't, never will."[46]

Personal life

Since 1990, Moore has been married to producer Kathleen Glynn,[47] with whom he has a stepdaughter named Natalie. They live in Traverse City, Michigan.

Moore is a Catholic,[48][49] but has said he disagrees with church teaching on subjects such as abortion[50] and gay marriage.[51]

In 2005 Time magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people.[52] Also in 2005, Moore started the annual Traverse City Film Festival in Traverse City, Michigan.

Published work





  1. ^ a b Michael Moore (1992). "Pets or Meat:The Return To Flint". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-03-31.  Moore states in the film he was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Flint.
  2. ^ Moore, having been elected to the Davison School Board in 1972 at age 18, was amongst the first persons in the country to hold elected office at this age. He also ran on a platform of firing the existing High School Principal.
  3. ^ a b c "Documentary Movies". Box Office Mojo. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Michael Moore releases Slacker Uprising for free on Net". 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  5. ^ Michael Moore (2006-11-14). "A Liberal's Pledge to Disheartened Conservatives". Michael Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  6. ^ a b "Michael Moore. Full biography". New York Times. 
  7. ^ "Michael Moore Biography (1954-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  8. ^ Stated in Moore's film, Roger & Me, 1989, and Capitalism: A Love Story, 2009
  9. ^ Ron Sheldon (23 September 1995). "Exclusive Interview with Michael Moore of TV Nation". People's Weekly World. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  10. ^ Richard Knight, Jr. (2007-06-27). "To Your Health: A Talk with Sicko's Michael Moore". Windy City Media Group. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  11. ^ Primeau, François. American Dissident, Lulu Press, 2007.
  12. ^ "Capitalism's little tramp". New York Times. 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  13. ^ Gary Strauss (June 20, 2004). "The truth about Michael Moore". USA Today. Retrieved 2006–07–09. 
  14. ^ The Day I Was To be Tarred and Feathered.
  15. ^ Ron Sheldon (September 23, 1995). "Exclusive Interview with Michael Moore of TV Nation". People's Weekly World. 
  16. ^ Emily Schultz, Michael Moore: A Biography, Ecw Press, 2005. pp. 47-54.
  17. ^ Cockburn, Alexander. "Beat The Devil: Michael meets Mr. Jones," The Nation, 1986-09-13.
  18. ^ Paul Mulshine. "A Stupid White Man and a Smart One." Newark Star Ledger, 2003-03-03.
  19. ^ Matt Labash. "Michael Moore, One-Trick Phony". The Weekly Standard. 1998-06-08.
  20. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Bowling for Columbine". Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  21. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Fahrenheit 9/11". Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  22. ^ The Philadelphia Inquirer: Inqlings | Michael Moore takes on Glaxo. Michael Klein, 30 September 2005. Archive accessed 2006-07-09.
  23. ^ Common Dreams News Center: Drug Firms are on the Defense as Filmmaker Michael Moore Plans to Dissect Their Industry. Original Article - Elaine Dutka, L.A. Times, December 22, 2004. Archive accessed 2006-08-09.
  24. ^ Chicago Tribune: Michael Moore turns camera onto health care industry. Bruce Japsen, 3 October 2004. Archive accessed 2006-07-09.
  25. ^ CBC Sicko to have unofficial premiere at Democratic fundraiser May 26, 2007. URL accessed 2007-10-14.
  26. ^ "Shortlist for docu Oscar unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  27. ^ Captain Mike at the Internet Movie Database
  28. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival". Retrieved 2007–09–07. 
  29. ^ Captain Mike Across America (2007).
  30. ^ "Capitalism is evil," says new Michael Moore film Reuters, Sep 6, 2009.
  31. ^ Green Left Weekly: Rage against Wall Street. Michael Moore, via, date unspecified. URL accessed 2006-07-09.
  32. ^ "The Drugging of Our Children".  at the Internet Movie Database.
  33. ^ Blood in the Face at the Internet Movie Database Moore details his involvement in the audio commentary on the Roger & Me DVD.
  34. ^ "Who's Who". The Corporation Film. 
  35. ^ Stroll, John D. (Oct 23, 2009) "Michael Moore: A Love Story? Not So Much" The Wall Street Journal.
  36. ^ Opinion Journal from the Wall Street Journal: Unmoored from Reality. John Fund's Political Diary, 21 March 2003. URL accessed 2006-08-29.
  37. ^ "'I am the balance', says Moore". Minneapolis Star Tribune. South Florida Sun-Sentinel. 4 July 2007.,0,4636334.story. Retrieved 2007–07–06. "Moore rejects the label "political activist"; as a citizen of a democracy, Moore insists, such a description is redundant." 
  38. ^ Flesher, John (16 June 2007). "Hollywood meets Bellaire as Moore gives sneak peek of "Sicko"". Associated Press. Retrieved 2007–07–06. "But the filmmaker, known for his fiery left-wing populism and polemical films such as "Fahrenheit 9/11" and Oscar-winning "Bowling for Columbine," told the audience "Sicko" would appeal across the political spectrum." 
  39. ^ Porton, Richard. "Weapon of mass instruction Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11." Cineaste (22 September 2004). Retrieved 15 May 2009; see also Davy, Michael. Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. Socialist Worker. 10 July 2004. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  40. ^ Delegates relish McCain jab at filmmaker Moore 2006-08-31.
  41. ^ This Divided State official website. Accessed 2006-07-09.
  42. ^
  43. ^ My Vote's for Obama (if I could vote) Michael Moore 2008-04-21.
  44. ^ a b c d "Moore Under Fire for Saying Gustav Proof 'There Is a God.'" Fox News, August 30, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-08-30.
  45. ^ "An open letter to God, from Michael Moore.", August 31, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-09-18.
  46. ^ "Random thoughts from Michael Moore.", September 2, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-09-18.
  47. ^ IMDb, Kathleen Glynn.
  48. ^ Rahner, Mark (2007-06-26). ""Sicko," new Michael Moore film, takes on the health-care system". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  49. ^ Elliott, David (2007-06-29). "Moral outrage, humor make up Michael Moore's one-two punch". SignOnSanDiego. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  50. ^ Moore, Michael (2003-09-12). "Michael Moore to Wesley Clark: Run!". Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  51. ^ News Service, Canwest (2007-06-11). "Moore may tackle gay rights". Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  52. ^ Joel Stein (2005). "Michael Moore: The Angry Filmmaker". Time. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 

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Michael Moore (born 23 April 1954) is an Academy Award-winning American filmmaker, author, and liberal political commentator.



  • Well I failed to bring Roger to Flint. As we neared the end of the twentieth century, the rich were richer, the poor, poorer. And people everywhere now had a lot less lint, thanks to the lint rollers made in my hometown. It was truly the dawn of a new era.
  • White people scare the crap out of me... I have never been attacked by a black person, never been evicted by a black person, never had my security deposit ripped off by a black landlord, never had a black landlord... never been pulled over by a black cop, never been sold a lemon by a black car salesman, never seen a black car salesman, never had a black person deny me a bank loan, never had a black person bury my movie, and I've never heard a black person say, "We're going to eliminate ten thousand jobs here — have a nice day!"
  • Many families have been devastated tonight. This is just not right. They did not deserve to die. ... If someone did this to get back at Bush, then they did so by killing thousands of people who DID NOT VOTE for him. Boston, New York, D.C., and the planes' destination of California — these were the places that voted AGAINST Bush.
  • I can't even think about this movie. I don't WANT to think about it because if I think about it I will have to face an ugly truth that has been gnawing through my head...
    This started out as a documentary on gun violence in America, but the largest mass murder in our history was just committed — without the use of a single gun! Not a single bullet fired! No bomb was set off, no missile was fired, no weapon (i.e., a device that was solely and specifically manufactured to kill humans) was used. A boxcutter! — I can't stop thinking about this. A thousand gun control laws would not have prevented this massacre. What am I doing?
  • Librarians see themselves as the guardians of the First Amendment. ... You got a thousand Mother Joneses at the barricades! I love the librarians, and I am grateful for them!
  • We know all those facts about Florida and what Katherine Harris did, and the private firm that took African-Americans off the voting rolls and prohibited them from voting. But I've been surprised in this first week how many average Americans were not aware of all of the trickery and deceit that took place in the year before the election to fix it for George W. Bush.
    • "BuzzFlash Interviews Michael Moore" (13 March 2002)
  • It was the morning of April 20, 1999, and it was pretty much like any other morning in America. The Farmer did his chores. The milkman made his deliveries. The President bombed another country whose name we couldn't pronounce. Out in Fargo, North Dakota, Cary McWilliams went on his morning walk. Back in Michigan, Mrs Hughes welcomed her students for another day of school. And out in a little town in Colorado, two boys went bowling at 6 in the morning. Yes, it was a typical day in the United States of America.
  • These bastards who run our country are a bunch of conniving, thieving, smug pricks who need to be brought down and removed and replaced with a whole new system that we control.
    • Dude (2003) ISBN 0446532231
  • Hey, here's a way to stop suicide bombings – give the Palestinians a bunch of missile-firing Apache helicopters and let them and the Israelis go at each other head to head. Four billion dollars a year to Israel – four billion dollars a year to the Palestinians – they can just blow each other up and leave the rest of us the hell alone.
    • Dude, Where's My Country? (2003)
  • Whoa. On behalf of our producers Kathleen Glynn and Michael Donovan from Canada, I'd like to thank the Academy for this. I have invited my fellow documentary nominees on the stage with us, and we would like to — they're here in solidarity with me because we like nonfiction. We like nonfiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. Whether it's the fictition of duct tape or fictition of orange alerts we are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. And any time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up. Thank you very much.
  • I think the United States, I think our government knows where he is and I don't think we're going to be capturing him or killing him any time soon.
  • Maybe it's a sick fantasy of mine, but I am really looking forward to a debate between a general and a deserter. Plus, I really want to hear President Bush have to say, "Yes, General, No, General."
  • I'm going to do damage with it. I'll make sure that my work gets out. That no publisher will ever be able to tell me to take things out. Because I'll put it out myself. The more money I earn, the less they can stop me. Where I come from it's called fuck you money because I don't have to take an ounce of shit from anybody.
  • They are possibly the dumbest people on the planet... in thrall to conniving, thieving, smug pricks. We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don't know about anything that's happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing. National Geographic produced a survey which showed that 60 percent of 18-25 year olds don't know where Great Britain is on a map. And 92 percent of us don't own a passport.
  • A lot of political people, especially people on the left, have forgotten the importance of humor as an incredible weapon, and a vehicle through which to affect change.
  • Halliburton is not a "company" doing business in Iraq. It is a WAR PROFITEER, bilking millions from the pockets of average Americans. In past wars they would have been arrested — or worse.
    The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not "insurgents" or "terrorists" or "The Enemy." They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow — and they will win. Get it, Mr. Bush?
  • There is a lot of talk amongst Bush's opponents that we should turn this war over to the United Nations. Why should the other countries of this world, countries who tried to talk us out of this folly, now have to clean up our mess? I oppose the U.N. or anyone else risking the lives of their citizens to extract us from our debacle. I'm sorry, but the majority of Americans supported this war once it began and, sadly, that majority must now sacrifice their children until enough blood has been let that maybe — just maybe — God and the Iraqi people will forgive us in the end.
    • "Heads Up... from Michael Moore" (14 April 2004)
  • Stop this war! Shame on you Hobbits! Shame on you! This is a fictitious war! This Lord was not elected by the popular — [a computer-generated Oliphaunt steps on Moore, crushing him].
    • In a humorous sendup of Moore's previous acceptance speech for Best Documentary Feature at the 2003 Oscars. Moore himself delivered the lines in the opening act of the 2004 Oscars, while standing in front of a greenscreen which had the Battle of the Pelennor Fields scene from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King playing on it; a battle which was, itself, literally fictitious. (23 March 2004)
  • I forgot out there on the stage to thank my cast. So if I could do that now, I want to thank Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld. I thought the love scene between Cheney and Rumsfeld brought a tear to my eye.
    • Statement after winning the top prize at the Cannes film festival for Fahrenheit 9/11, quoted Reuters reports (22 May 2004), partly quoted in "Moore scoops Palme d'Or with attack on US president" by Patrick Barkham in The Guardian (24 May 2004)
  • I don't agree with the copyright laws, and I don't have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people… as long as they're not doing it to make a profit off it as long as they're not, you know trying to make a profit off my labor — I would oppose that but you know I do quite well, and I don't know... I make these books and movies and TV shows because I want things to change, and so the more people who get to see them, the better. And so I'm…I'm happy I'm happy if that happens Should I not be happy?.I don't know, It's like if a friend of yours had the DVD of my movie — gave it to you to watch one night is that person doing something wrong? I'm not seeing any money from that, but he's just handing the DVD to you so that you can watch my movie, that he bought, and you're not buying it — and yet you're watching it without paying me any money you see, I think that's OK, I mean, that's always been okay right? — You share things with people and I think information, and art, and ideas should be shared.
  • Our young people who go off to war and who join the service, we need to honor them because they're willing to risk their lives to protect us, to defend us, so we can have this way of life. And the agreement that they make with us is that we never send them into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary. I think most Americans — I just saw the latest poll today — 54% now believe that invading Iraq wasn't the wisest thing to do — it wasn't certainly in self-defense. You weren't threatened; I wasn't being threatened, and that's the only time, because ultimately if it was your child…would you give up your child to secure Fallujah?
  • Because it would be Un-American.
    • Reply to a question as to why the standing down of the NORAD aerial forces on September 11, 2001 was not included in his movie Farenheit 9/11, as seen Martial Law: 9/11 Rise of the Police State (2005) by Alex Jones.
  • No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing — NOTHING — to do with this!
  • Now, I know this is a bitter pill to swallow. Iraq was going to be your great legacy. Now, it's just your legacy. It didn't have to end up this way.
    This week, when Republicans and conservative Democrats started jumping ship, you lashed out at them. You thought the most damning thing you could say to them was that they were "endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic party." I mean, is that the best you can do to persuade them to stick with you — compare them to me? You gotta come up with a better villain. For heaven's sakes, you had a hundred-plus million other Americans who think the same way I do — and you could have picked on any one of them! But hey, why not cut out the name-calling and the smearing and just do the obvious thing: Come join the majority! Be one of us, your fellow Americans! Is it really that hard? Is there really any other choice? George, take a walk on the wild side!
    • "Sorry, George, I'm In the Majority ...from Michael Moore" (19 November 2005)
  • The film that's leaked onto the internet is not taken at a movie theatre with a little home video camera, right? The way it's usually done? This is an inside job... Now, if you were a police detective, one of the first questions you'd ask is motive. Who has a vested interest in destroying the opening weekend's box office of this movie? If I were the police or the FBI investigating this felony that's taken place, that's where I would look.
    Having said that, I'm glad that people were able to see my movie. ... I'm not a big believer in our copyright laws. I think they're way too restrictive. ... I've never supported this concept of going after Napster. I think the rock bands who fought this were wrong. I think filmmakers are wrong about this. I think sharing's a good thing. ... They said television would kill the movies, it didn't. They said VCRs would kill the movies, it didn't. Now they're saying this is going to kill the movies. It won't. People want to get out of the house and go to the movies! Nothing's ever going to kill that, and I really hope people will do that on opening weekend.
  • I just decided to make a movie. I had no training, no film school, but I had been to a lot of movies.
    • As quoted in "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" (23 June 2007)
  • "Democracy is not a spectator sport, it's a participatory event. If we don't participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy. So Obama will rise or fall based not so much on what he does but on what we do to support him."

On fear

  • You survive by having your fear compass calibrated correctly. Our compass is off now because we're being told to be afraid of everything. The things that we're frightened of, or told to be frightened of, are not necessarily the things that we need to fear.
  • [W]hat the media are telling you to be afraid of are the wrong things... Fear is a necessary ingredient of our survival instincts.
    • Interview with filmmaker Michael Moore, Rolling Stone, January 2003

On healthcare

  • The stories of the pharmaceutical companies and the health insurance companies is told. My film acts as a balance. I exist to provide balance, and I tell you, it isn't much balance. They're on every day, all day. My film is two hours. If for two hours during this entire year, people are exposed to the other side of the story, isn't that ok? It's amazing how they go after me. You asked me back there, 'You're biased. You have only one side.' Well, yeah, I have a bias. I have a bias on behalf of the little guy who doesn't have a say. I'm lucky enough to be able to have this bully pulpit, to be able to say the things I say, on behalf of the people who don't have a voice. The pharmaceutical companies and corporate America, they've got their voice. They own the networks and they can say whatever they want, all the time, and they do. So can we just have two hours for this side to have their say? I hope so, I think so. That's what I'm trying to do.
  • [T]he French, the British and the Canadian stuff that's in the films is through my American eyes, and I'm comparing it to America, and I'm not saying they don't have problems. But those aren't for me to fix. Trust me, from an American point of view, the Europeans look pretty good. You need to preserve what you have and fight to get back that which you lost.
    • Interview with Michael Moore by Jay Harris, The Brag, August 2007
  • There are problems in all health-care systems, but at least [Europeans] have a health-care system that covers everyone, and it's not my position or my right or my responsibility to point out the flaws in [your] health-care system - that is your job - it is your job to fix those problems.
    • Casa del Cinema press conference, Rome, Italy, August 2007

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Comments about the movie, and from it:
  • Fahrenheit 9/11: The temperature where freedom burns!
    • A phrase used in some advertisements, it is wordplay based on the title of Ray Bradbury's book Fahrenheit 451 about a totalitarian state, and the assertion made within it that 451° Fahrenheit was "The temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns."
  • Controversy... What Controversy?
    • Humorous lines of various advertisements for the film, some showing doctored pictures of Moore walking hand in hand with George W. Bush.
  • They serve so that we don't have to. They offer to give up their lives so that we can be free. It is, remarkably, their gift to us. And all they ask for in return is that we never send them into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary. Will they ever trust us again?
    • Comments by Moore, about the men and women in the U.S. Armed Services. Fahrenheit 9/11
  • George Orwell once wrote: "And it's not a matter of whether the war is not real or if it is. Victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia but to keep the very structure of society intact."
  • For once we agreed.
    • Michael Moore after Bush is shown saying "You can't get fooled again."
  • You've got the Bush Administration using that event in such a disrespectful and immoral way — using the deaths of those people to try and shred our civil liberties, change our Constitution, round people up. That's not how you honor them, by using them to change our way of life as a free country.
    • On the use of the September 11th attacks to expand governmental powers and diminish civil liberties, through "The Patriot Act". - CBS interview (June 2004)
  • I may be preaching to the choir, but the choir needs a good song.
    • USA Today (20 June 2004)
  • Clearly something has happened here that no one expected. And there aren't words to describe how any of us feel this morning on hearing this news.
    • On the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 breaking all box office records for a documentary in it's first weekend, and becoming the first documentary ever to become number one at the box office in North American ticket sales.
    • The New York Times (28 June 2004)
  • I want to thank all the right-wing organizations out there who tried to stop the film, either from their harassment campaign that didn't work on the theatre owners, or going to the FEC to get our ads removed from television, to all the things that have been said on television. It's only encouraged more people to go and see it. We are happy to announce that the efforts of the small-minded few have failed miserably.
  • Early talk was that anti-Bush people would go see it and pro-Bush people would stay home, and that's not the case. Most people do not go around with labels. A lot of Republicans have open minds.
    • On the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 - (27 June 2004)


  • If the small businesses suck they'll be driven out of business... If they got a good restaurant, people will go there and eat. You know in my town the small businesses that everyone wanted to protect? They were the people that supported all the right-wing groups. They were the Republicans in the town, they were in the Kiwanas, the Chamber of Commerce — people that kept the town all white. The small hardware salesman, the small clothing store salespersons, Jesse the Barber who signed his name three different times on three different petitions to recall me from the school board. Fuck all these small businesses — fuck 'em all! Bring in the chains. The small businesspeople are the rednecks that run the town and suppress the people. Fuck 'em all. That's how I feel.

Quotes about Moore

  • When Michael Moore makes a movie these days, all hell seems to break loose. It gets to a point where whatever message he's trying to communicate is drowned out by all the media attention, knee-jerk reactionaries, and general resentment.
  • Michael Moore is a screwed asshole, that is what I think about that case. He stole my title and changed the numbers without ever asking me for permission.
  • To have to answer anything about what that slimeball says is just too much.
  • I find it difficult to forgive George W. Bush a lot of things — mostly having to do with not telling the truth about important public matters, and then pretending it was no big deal that he had mislead — and, come to think of it, that's pretty much my problem with Michael Moore, too ... although one is a clown who makes movies and the other is, well, President of the United States. ... we live in the age of the false dichotomy, an old propaganda trap (and logical fallacy) that says, for example: If you're not for the President's way of fighting terrorism (even if you'd like him to provide more information about what, exactly, that is), you are automatically assumed to be on the side of the terrorists; or, if you find fault with Michael Moore's methods, you must be on Bush's side. Of course, neither of these propositions is necessarily true. ... You know how far the level of political discourse in American has fallen when people are asked to take the word of Dick Morris or Michael Moore at face value. So don't. And don't take my word for it. Do your own research.
  • Post-war filmmakers gave us the documentary, Rob Reiner gave us the mockumentary and Moore initiated a third genre, the crockumentary.
  • You know, the problem I have with Michael Moore is the problem I have with a lot of people who are fanatical and push really hard on things, which is not willing to say the other side is wrong. They have to be evil.
    And what I'm looking for is him to just say, maybe people are making mistakes. But it's always this conspiracy thing. There's always a conspiracy out to get him and a bunch of people doing things that are evil and psychotic and not simply wrong. And he's so cynical. He's so incredibly cynical.
  • It was so sweet backstage, you should have seen it — The Teamsters were helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo.
  • Sicko, which takes on America's profoundly profitable and catastrophically inefficient health care system, is Moore's most assured, least antagonistic and potentially most important film.
    Anecdotal in nature, Sicko shows what's wrong with our health care system by comparing it with those in Canada, England and France, where universal health care is as ingrained in the social fabric as their national anthems.
    Asked what would have happened in England if Margaret Thatcher or Tony Blair had tried to dismantle the National Health Service, an elderly British statesman answers without pause, "There would have been a revolution."
  • Moore attempts to ignite an essential democratic impulse among American citizens. He assumes the role of a provocateur who raises the consciousness of his audiences and offers a polemical voice to the power elite. Whereas Moore's advocates recognize his output as an admirable practical realization of the free speech principle, his adversaries often perceive him as a menace to democratic procedures. Considering the nationwide dispute and the popularity of his movies around the world, the director should be acknowledged as a significant phenomenon on the American political scene at the dawn of the twenty-first century.
  • Have you seen Fahrenheit 9/11? Watch it,Theres an interesting scene where Bush thinks and waits seven minutes before acting against 9/11. don't pay attention to the fact it's biased or "propaganda" just see what's going on in the documentary and notice a man like Moore from a place like Flint has been researching and is trying to open our eyes.
    • Lou Reed interview on Belgian Cable Ketnet giving his views on Bush

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Simple English

This page is about the American filmmaker. For the politician in the United Kingdom, please see Michael Moore (UK Politician).

Michael Francis Moore(born April 23, 1954 in Davison, Michigan, USA) is an American writer and filmmaker. He is known for his strong liberal political views and often expresses them using humor and satire. He bZ made films such as Roger & Me, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, and Bowling for Columbine and his Satire show TV Nation. He has also wrote books such as Stupid White Men and Dude, Where's My Country?



Michael Moore was born as the son of Frank and Veronica Moore and descendant of Irish immigrants. He has two sisters, Anne and Veronica. He has been married to Kathleen Glynn since 1990.


Until 1972, he went to Davison High School. When he was 18, he was elected as the Davison School Board.[1] There he met his present wife Kathleen Glynn.

His job as a journalist

At the age of 22, Michael left school and started an alternative magazine called The Flint Voice. Michael Moore was ten years the editor of this alternative magazine. After Moore was hired as managing editor of the Magazine Mother Jones in San Francisco. There he was there only five months before he left the editorial staff because of a dispute. After that he went back to Flint.

Movies by Moore

  • Roger & Me (1989)
  • Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint (1992) (TV movie)
  • Canadian Bacon (1995)
  • The Big One (1997)
  • And Justice for All (1998) (TV movie)
  • Bowling for Columbine (2002)
  • Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
  • Sicko (2007)
  • Captain Mike Across America (2007)
  • Slacker Uprising (2008)
  • Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)


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