Canadian Bacon

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Canadian Bacon
Canadian Bacon (movie poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Moore[1]
Produced by Michael Moore
Written by Michael Moore
Starring Alan Alda
John Candy
Rhea Perlman
Kevin J. O'Connor
Bill Nunn
Kevin Pollak
G.D. Spradlin
Rip Torn
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Peter Bernstein
Cinematography Haskell Wexler
Edited by Michael Berenbaum
Wendey Stanzler
Production
  company
Dog Eats Dog Films, Propaganda Films, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Maverick Films
Distributed by Gramercy Pictures
Release date(s) September 22, 1995
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $11 million
Box office $178,104[2]

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,[3] and was the final released film to star John Candy, though it was shot before the earlier-released Wagons East!.

Premise[edit]

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.[4]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was shot in fall 1993,[6] in Toronto, Hamilton, and Niagara Falls, Ontario; and Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York.[citation needed] Scenes depicting the rapids of the Niagara River were actually filmed at Twelve Mile Creek in St. Catharines.[citation needed] Parkwood Estate in Oshawa was the site for the White House,[citation needed] and Dofasco in Hamilton was the site for Hacker Dynamics.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

The hockey game and subsequent riot (due to insulting Canadian beer) were shot at the Niagara Falls Memorial Arena in Niagara Falls, Ontario,[7] 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.[8]

The film has many cameos by Canadian actors,[citation needed] including Dan Aykroyd, who appears uncredited[9] as an Ontario Provincial Police officer.

Reception[edit]

Canadian Bacon received poor reviews from film critics, receiving a 14% from Rotten Tomatoes.[10]

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."[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109370/
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Canadian Bacon". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  4. ^ "Canadian Bacon > Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  5. ^ [1]:: ETM :: Edna Talent Management Ltd ::: Ed Sahely - PDF Resume
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Rhea Pearlman at the Niagara Falls Arena During the Filming of Canadian Bacon". Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  8. ^ "John Candy at the Niagara Falls Arena During the Filming of Canadian Bacon". Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Canadian Bacon". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ Holden, Stephen (September 22, 1995). "Canadian Bacon (1994): America's Cold War With Canada. Just Kidding!". The New York Times. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 

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