Bowling for Columbine

Bowling for Columbine

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Filmmaker, author, and political activist Michael Moore trains his satirical eye on America's obsession with guns and violence in his third feature-length documentary, which gets its title from a pair of loosely related incidents. On April 20, 1999, shortly before they began their infamous killing spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold attended their favorite class, a no-credit bowling course held at a bowling alley near the school, the same bowling alley which would become the scene of a robbery and triple homicide two years later. While pondering these events, Moore humorously considers the link between random violence and the game of ten pins; along the way, Moore calls on the Michigan Militia (and gets to know some of the models for their "Militia Babes" calendar); spends some time with James Nichols, brother of Oklahoma City bombing accomplice Terry Nichols; visits K-Mart's corporate offices with two teenagers injured in the Columbine massacre as they ask the retail chain to stop selling bullets for handguns; investigates the media's role in the American climate of fear and anger; compares crime statistics in the United States with those of Canada (which, despite higher unemployment and a larger number of guns per capita, manages to rack up a small fraction of the homicides committed in the United States), and questions actor and National Rifle Association president Charlton Heston regarding his appearance at a pro-gun rally held in Littleton a few days after the Columbine massacre, and a similar rally in Flint, MI, after a six-year-old boy killed a classmate with a gun he took from his uncle's house. Bowling for Columbine received its first public screening at the 2002 Ann Arbor Film Festival; the film's official premiere took place a few months later at the Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2018
UPC: 0715515216210
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 5,732

Special Features

Michael Moore Makes a Movie, a new documentary featuring Moore, chief archivist Carl Deal, field producers Jeff Gibbs and Meghan O'Hara, and supervising producer Tia Lessin Programs covering Moore's return to Colorado in 2002, his Oscar win, and three film-festival interviews with Moore Excerpt from a 2002 episode of The Charlie Rose Show featuring Moore "Corporate Cops," a 2000 segment from Moore's television series The Awful Truth Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Moore Participant
Charlton Heston Participant
Matt Stone Participant
Marilyn Manson Participant
Dick Clark Participant
George W. Bush Actor
James Nichols himself
Barry Glassner himself
Richard Castaldo Participant
Brandon T. Jackson Participant

Technical Credits
Michael Moore Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Charles Bishop Producer
Matthew Bookbinder Animator
Dave Concepcion Animator
Gaia Cornwall Animator
Jim Czarnecki Producer
Brian Danitz Camera Operator
James Demer Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Donovan Producer
Kurt Engfehr Co-producer,Editor
Jeff Gibbs Score Composer
Bob Gleason Animator
Kathleen Glynn Producer
Bob Golden Score Composer
Miguel Hernandez Animator
Francisco Latorre Sound/Sound Designer
Michael McDonough Camera Operator
Harold Moss Animator
T. Woody Richman Animator
Kareem Thompson Animator
Wolfram Tichy Executive Producer
Aneurin Wright Animator
Rehya Young Co-producer

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Bowling for Columbine 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect. This movie really gives you something to think about when it comes to guns, gun control, and all the different things that drive people to do what they do. This movie doesn't just address the Columbine tragedy but includes tragedy in general. Makes you think about the glorification people put on news and violence. Explains how the media, writers, film makers, etc. have more of a conscious regarding how much money they will make versus the influence they will have on people (especially young people). As they say sex and violence sells which is a sad state of our society. I now have a lack of respect for Charlton Heston (ironic how he played Moses in the Ten Commandments).
Guest More than 1 year ago
A movie not a documentary. Moore should try and be as HONEST about his story as he wants the President to be. Somewhat funny, but mostly rubbish. Gets a 10 for fiction and a zero for honesty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Watching this documentary, and contrasting it with North American history, makes me realize that Unites States is a nation founded with principles that send their citizens to act based on a double moral behavior. How could it be possible to teach our children tolerance, freedom, peace, and love for the others, if at the same time they are being influenced to be attracted to use weapons by the media, and some organizations like riffle association, and even the government, with the excuse of using them to defend the freedom of the country or for its own defense? How can a country be secure if buying a riffle is easier than buying a pound of flour in the supermarket? The documentary touches the sore of a reality that affected and will continue affecting the American society while double moral still as a value of our government institutions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so disengaged from reality, and let me give you 3 examples: 1. he claims the columbine plant is a 'weapons-plant' - but all that has ever been manufactured there have been space rockets (and anyone who understands physics realizes they are dramatically different from the anti-tank and other military application rockets we use). 2. he set up the entire opening sequence in which the bank hands him a rifle on the premisis, by convincing the branch manager that it would be 'good publicity' and 'good for business' to hand out a free gun right there. the typical bank procedure would have been to give a gift certificate redeemable at a local sporting goods store. 3. his jingoistic 'fear of the greedy white men' (and i'm not white either, btw) is creating fear itself, the thing that he claims he is fighting. importantly, his socialist arguments belie his complete ignorance of basic economics. i think it's a good film, and there's some interesting perspective, but there are a lot of fallacies and realize, when you are watching it, that the film is pulling one over on you - and that you owe it to yourself to do some research and homework. start with some good watchdog sites like
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bowling for Columbine was an awesome and very original look at violence in America. It mixed a hint of sarcastic comedy with a realism that really hit home. Between the hip roaring hilarious ''History of America'' Southpark cartoon that made you burst out into combustive laughter and the surreal real time video footage from the Columbine massacre that made you break down like a baby and cry...all of your emotions were touched. In this film, you truly will cry and laugh and be angry. Two points rang clear in this film. We live in an ever increasingly ''fear oriented'' world where we're bombarded with tales of murder and threats of killer bees and bombs in shoes. And really is only a few committed people who really ever make a difference. This movie is a must see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This production by Michael Moore takes a look at America's society and how it is ruled by fear in consumerism. It's one of the most monumentally true movies I've ever seen, and once you do see it, you'll never look at the media the same way again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie clearly underlines our nation's divisive stance on gun control. Michael Moore had the guts to go out and document what he feels needs fixing. Don't knock him down for that less you want to take away the First Amendment. The most horrifying part of this movie to me was how utterly insensitive the N.R.A. was with its tacky pep-rallies only days after the tragedies of Columbine and the death of the 6 yr. old Detroit girl. Whatever side you take, this inhumane and callous treatment of the victims, families and community is inexcusable. I am thankful Moore brought this to light. 'Bowling' sums up our alarmingly rapid rise in paranoia of our neighbors and mankind. Like it or not, this issue will not or should not go away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i'm a 21 year old college student that never heard of michael moore until this movie came out. i'll admit, as an american, i don't pay as much attention to politics and problems with america as much as i should. i really wanted to be a journalist. when i saw this movie, it really got me thinking-it's been a LONG time since a movie had such an impact on me. i agree with what mr. moore put forth in this documentary. after i saw this movie, it really made me think twice about being in media. i live in suburbs and in a nice neighborhood. i'm not rich or anything but i never realized how greatful i should be. seeing the neighborhoods in flint and how people lived (especially seeing that welfare to work program) made me feel gratefull. it was sad to see whats going on in america and that people are so quick to pick up guns when they're scared. this movie is a must-see. you can't please everyone and this movie will have followers and haters, but at least i'm willing to respect michael moore as an american and having opionions and bringing to light some issues. i think that's a problem with americans today-we can't respect each other (especially opionions and feelings).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting to read what people have written about the 'fiction' of Moore's presentation in 'Columbine.' It's so easy to check the accuracy of the facts--so do it and cite what's wrong. Whats RIGHT with the film ARE the facts cited, the interviews with real people (for example the young people from Canada who cannot figure out why the US harbors such a violent society), and the people who were touched by the Columbine shootings. How can people doubt that this country is a mess? Moore did a stupendous job in making a movie that is entertaining enough to make people come and watch, yet informative enough to make them think. AND to make me want to go back and check the facts and find more. I'm embarrased by America's standing with the rest of the world, and sad that we can't come up with a way to use our wealth to eliminate the strife, rather than enhance it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If one believes in magic, I can see how that same person may want to discredit the director. Watch it and make your own mind up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm only 16, so I don't really know all that much about politics and what was wrong in the movie, but I thought it was great and can't get over how true it was. I LOVE this movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Moore is upfront and hides no information. A film to raise you off your seat! A valid perspective of American culture and a powerful way to portray it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that iam truely disappointed with the US. this movie already cameout here in europe - its been a bestseller too. you cant walk into a movie store without seeing a large display of these DVDs for sale. in fact it is even sold at a bookstore that has no other movies. why on earth is america trying to hide this flim. of yes because it goes against what americans -i am one too- were tought to believe as acceptable. if you want to see a different side of america you sould see this movie, but if your happy in your own little world find a disney movie to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Moore is an entertaining political statirist whose work is intentionally full of half truths, ommissions, manipulations, and material taken entirely out of context. His so-called 'documentary' doesn't follow the academy's rules to br classified as such, yet somehow this movie wins an Oscar. I don't rate it as a 1-star movie only because there are SOME glimmers of truth, such as the media being largely responsible for the paranoid state of affairs due to the content of their programming. Americans are fed a steady diet of nightly news that is violent and sick. I take serious issue with his 'beating up' interview with Charleton Heston, a man who is seriously ill with a degenerative disease. The film is entertaining if nothing else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Moore's vehicle for leftist propaganda is very transparent. Offers no surprises.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very emotional look a very serious problem. Mr. Moore simply used the incident at Columbine as a launching pad for this video diatribe. I'm not sure where the ''fiction'' came into play, but those B&W security camera images from the High School will stay with me a long time. The oppressive air of fear we are all subjected to by the vast wealthy media of this country is certainly a problem we will have to contend with, soon. That to me is Mr. Moore's messgage here and his greatest concern going forward. As far as saying shame on the leader of our current ultra-nationalistic regime, I say more power to you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarcastic, funny and real-all geniune Michael Moore style. Hits very true to home...and makes you reflect very deeply (and consider moving to Canada).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this film in my English class for the second time. Although this time, his message sunk in a little better than the first time. I was amazed at how simple it is to purchase a gun in this country. Michael Moore tried to find the answer as to why us Americans are so violent. Racism also comes into play in this film and I have to say I agree with many of the points Moore made. It’s always a black man on TV portrayed as the crack-fiend monster out to get you. Yet you have teenage white kids shooting each other in the middle of the country. Moore also expressed his views on violence in the media, and how the media scares Americans into panic, causing them to waste exorbitant amounts of money to prepare for these cataclysmic events. I just don’t understand, and neither does Michael Moore for that matter, how we are so violent in this country. The movie even expresses how our neighboring country Canada, has rarely any violence at all. I actually don’t believe this, because there is violence everywhere in the world. I do however believe that the environment in Canada is a better place to raise children, since everything advertised to us is about sex, violence and money. To me, those are the three words that make you money in this country. And I think that Michael Moore did an excellent job in expressing that we as Americans need a change in our lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Considering that we are currently in a state of war, this movie is worth watching if for no other segment that the one that reviews the history of political overthrows in other countries. Not only do we nurture violence in our society, our government has a record for decades of covert intervention in other countries, backing and installing brutal regimes. The cartoon offered by the 'South Park' inventor, and this chronology is a must see for every American.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Does anyone else who has watched this movie know anything about Micahel Moore? The man is certainly not an expert in political science, for that matter neither am I, but do I claim to be? No. Does Michael Moore claim to be in this ''documentary'' (read 'editorial')? Anwser that yourself. What Michael Moore does in fact do is critizice the extablishment (which he has always done) which is sometimes good, but not always good as Mr. Moore seems to think. As its main way of demonstrating its points, the film uses interviews with unsespecting ppl. like employess of a Kmart who are selling things that are protected by the American Constitution. This simply exposes Moore for what he is; a political southpaw and one who skillfully bends truth to his own point of view. Don't let films like this sway your own views of what is or is not true.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to see an honest portrayal of guns and violence in America. Bowling for Columbine gives an honest and forthcoming look at crime.and shows that although the media usually puts a black or hispanic face on crime stories the real culpret is usually a white face. This should be mandatory viewing for all public highschool social studies classes
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started seeing the movie I thought it was just going to be a boring documentary like any other. But after I started getting more into it, I saw that it showed a reality among Americans. I liked how Moore starts interviewing persons who are in those towns who are more exposed to violence. Also, Moore does all his interviews with a very cool sense of humor which makes the movie funnier to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you know how to listen (unlike a few of the reviewers here do) then you'll find every bit of this film to be both true and entertaining. Micheal Moore is great at what he does, but like i said some people haven't learned how to listen quite yet. Watch it and form your own opinion, personally i find this to be very entertaining. - N
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those who gave this film only one star are the same people who encourage the use of guns and violence, but their target audience is no longer adults, it's the youth of America that they are finding to be the most gullible and ready to act on their preachings.