Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Moore|
|Produced by||Michael Moore|
|Written by||Michael Moore|
Kevin J. O'Connor
|Music by||Elmer Bernstein
|Editing by||Michael Berenbaum
|Studio||Dog Eats Dog Films, Propaganda Films, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Maverick Films|
|Distributed by||Gramercy Pictures|
|Release dates||September 22, 1995|
|Running time||91 minutes|
Canadian Bacon is a 1995 comedy film which satirizes Canada–United States relations along the Canada–United States border written, directed, and produced by Michael Moore. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, and was the final released film to star John Candy, though it was shot before the earlier-released Wagons East!.
The President of the United States (Alan Alda) has not led his country into war, and his approval rating falls. His National Security Advisor, Stuart Smiley (Kevin Pollak), suggests Canada as a new enemy after seeing a news segment about a brawl between Canadians and Americans at a hockey game in Niagara Falls, Ontario. A local American sheriff, Bud Boomer (John Candy), whose statement of preference for American beer over Canadian beer started the brawl, is caught up in the idea of invading Canada and leads a small group of fellow Americans into the country to commit the crime considered worst by Canadian standards: littering. The invasion is quickly halted by a pair of Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers, but because of Boomer's actions, the fabricated cold war quickly escalates into a real international confrontation.
- John Candy as Sheriff Bud Boomer, Sheriff of Niagara County
- Alan Alda as President of the United States
- Rhea Perlman as Honey, Deputy sheriff of the Niagara County Sheriff Department and girlfriend and colleague of Sheriff Bud Boomer
- Bill Nunn as Kabral Jabar, Deputy sheriff of the Niagara County Sheriff Department and friend and colleague of Sheriff Bud Boomer
- Kevin J. O'Connor as Roy Boy, friend of Sheriff Bud Boomer
- Kevin Pollak as Stu Smiley, National Security Advisor
- G. D. Spradlin as R.J. Hacker, Owner of Hacker Dynamics
- Rip Torn as General Dick Panzer, U.S. Army Chief of Staff
- Steven Wright as Niagara Mountie
- Jim Belushi as Charles Jackal, news reporter for NBS News
- Richard E. Council as Russian President Vladimir Kruschkin
- Brad Sullivan as Gus
- Stanley Anderson as Edwin S. Simon, news anchor for NBS News
- Wallace Shawn as Canadian Prime Minister Clark MacDonald
- Michael Moore as Redneck guy
- Dan Aykroyd (uncredited) as Ontario Provincial Police officer
- Ed Sahely (uncredited) as Mountie
The film was shot in fall 1993, in Toronto, Hamilton, and Niagara Falls, Ontario; and Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York. Scenes depicting the rapids of the Niagara River were actually filmed at Twelve Mile Creek in St. Catharines. Parkwood Estate in Oshawa was the site for the White House, and Dofasco in Hamilton was the site for Hacker Dynamics. The scene where the American characters look longingly home at the US across the putative Niagara River is them looking across Burlington Bay at Stelco steelworks in Hamilton, Ontario.
The hockey game and subsequent riot (due to insulting Canadian beer) were shot at the Niagara Falls Memorial Arena in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and the actors portraying the police officers (who eventually join in the riot upon hearing that Canadian beer "sucks") are wearing authentic Niagara Regional Police uniforms.
Stephen Holden in a 1995 review concluded "The movie is so busy spearing the dragons of American aggression that its cartoonish vision of Canadians as wimpy Pollyannas has little resonance."
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, a 1964 Stanley Kubrick comedy about a fictional element of the cold war
- The Mouse that Roared
- The Canadian Conspiracy, a 1986 fictional documentary about how Canadian entertainers are conquering TV and movies in the United States.
- Wag the Dog, a 1997 film about a war devised for similar reasons
- War Plan Red, also known as the Atlantic Strategic War Plan, was a plan for the United States to make war with Great Britain, by attacking Canada.
- Canadian Idiot, a parody of Green Day's "American Idiot", by "Weird Al" Yankovic, which explores similar themes, and actually mentions the idea of a "preemptive strike" against Canada.
- "A Speculative Fiction", a song by Canadian band Propagandhi that explores a war between Canada and the U.S.
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, the 1999 South Park film about a similar war (though in this case the war's reason is a moral panic rather than explicitly to boost a president's sagging poll numbers).
- The real life War of 1812 between the United States and British North America (now Canada).
- Fine, Marshall (1993-11-28). "Movies: On Location: Will His 'Bacon' Sizzle? : Sure, Michael Moore can get a rise out of former GM honcho Roger Smith, but let's see how the documentarian does with his first feature". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
- "Festival de Cannes: Canadian Bacon". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
- "Canadian Bacon > Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
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- Bradley, Ed (April 26, 1995). "Moore Gets to 'Super Bowl' of Film Makers". Flint, Michigan: The Flint Journal via Dog Eat Dog Films (Michael Moore official site). Retrieved August 2, 2012.
- "Rhea Pearlman at the Niagara Falls Arena During the Filming of Canadian Bacon". Retrieved 2008-04-10.
- "John Candy at the Niagara Falls Arena During the Filming of Canadian Bacon". Retrieved 2008-04-10.
- Dan Aykroyd's cameo can be verified by watching the film. 63 minutes into the film, he can be seen on a motorbike, gesturing for a van, which is driven by John Candy, to pull over. The fact that this is uncredited, can be verified by watching the credits at the end of the film, where no credit appears for Dan Aykroyd.
- "Canadian Bacon". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
- Holden, Stephen (September 22, 1995). "Canadian Bacon (1994): America's Cold War With Canada. Just Kidding!". The New York Times. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
- Canadian Bacon at the Internet Movie Database
- Canadian Bacon at allmovie
- Canadian Bacon at the TCM Movie Database
- Canadian Bacon at Box Office Mojo
- Canadian Bacon at Rotten Tomatoes