The Big One (film)

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The Big One
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Moore
Produced by Kathleen Glynn
Starring Michael Moore
Music by World Famous Blue Jays
Cinematography Brian Danitz
Chris Smith
Edited by Meg Reticker
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date
Running time
91 minutes
Language English
Box office $720,074[1]

The Big One is a 1997 documentary film written and directed by documentarian filmmaker and activist Michael Moore released by Miramax Films. The film documents Moore during his promotion tour around the United States for his book Downsize This!. Through the 47 towns he visits, Moore discovers and describes American economic failings and the fear of unemployment of American workers.


Although much of the film features Moore unsuccessfully chasing the heads and chief executives of major corporations around the USA in order to confront them or get a personal in-depth interview, he is eventually able to talk with Nike CEO Phil Knight on his company's labor practices. The successful interview is shown in the film.

The movie criticizes President Bill Clinton, and the three other major presidential candidates in the 1996 election for failure to address economic issues. It discusses Clinton's "betrayal" of progressive economic ideals.


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