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If you want to stay healthy in America; don't get sick. Following on the heels of his award winning hit "Fahrenheit 9/11" and his Oscar winning film "Bowling for Columbine;" acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore's new documentary sets out to investigate the American healthcare system. Sticking to his tried-and-true one-man approach; Moore sheds light on the complicated medical affairs of individuals and local communities. "Sicko" promises to be every bit as indicting as Moore's previous films.

Special Features

  • Sicko goes to Washington
  • This Country Beats France
  • Uniquely American
  • What if you worked for GE in France?
  • Sister Mary Fidel
  • Who Would Jesus Deny
  • More with Mike & Tony Benn
  • A Different Kind of Hollywood Premiere
  • "Alone Without You" music video
  • Interview gallery
  • Theatrical trailer

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  • Actors: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush, Reggie Cervantes
  • Directors: Michael Moore
  • Writers: Michael Moore
  • Producers: Amelia Green-Dove, Amy McCampbell, Aneetha Rajan, Anne Moore, Basel Hamdan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (724 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,766 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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No matter what people may think of Michael Moore, they will be hard-pressed to counter his film "Sicko" with one of a contrarian view. I suppose "Sickohype" or Sickohypo" or "Let'em all Die" just doesn't have the same resonance as "Fahrenhype" did to challenge his previous film.

Perhaps as landmark as Jacob Riis's "How the Other Half Lives," "Sicko" brings the devastating cost and state of health care in this country to light beginning with people who have lived the American dream and expected to live their retirement independently and in comfort. Early on, Moore shows a working couple forced to sell their home to meet medical obligations not covered, and now depend on the charity of their children. Moore carefully singles out several cases of the twenty-five thousand emails he received that reveal the appalling state of health care in a country that nurtures that dream. (None of the stories or emails are about couples in separate bathtubs looking out over a vineyard).

First are the insurance companies that are out to make a profit. (Nothing's wrong with that). However, the profit is at the expense of the medical coverage and preventative care they can deny. If they cannot deny it outright or claim such care is experimental, they will pour through a patient's medical history to see if any condition occurred that was not mentioned or remembered in the application process. This will give the company the means to deny all claims retroactively. Incidentally, doctors receive bonuses for the most claims they can deny!

The next spotlight is on the pharmaceutical companies which are so expensive that many people must continue working well beyond their retirement years, years they should be enjoying, years when there is the greatest need for medication.
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So, first and foremost, I watched this movie with an odd mixture of apprehension and amusement. Apprehension because the country I now live in, the Netherlands, has been embarking on an unexpected, experimental privatization of the national health care system under management by a cadre of big insurance companies, just as the US. A social enterprise I sincerily despise.. The amusement, on the other hand, comes from noticing how poor the standards of life and the expectations of basic social secutiry are in the United States, compared to what we enjoy in Europe, as well as Canada. You can hardly believe such a powerful and rich nation to be unable to organize basic security and assistance for its citizens without going through the accountancy departments! As if all in life were to be attached a monetary value: health, the feeling of belonging and contributing to a community that can support you if need be... The dignity of being a person no matter what your financial status and credit are. I guess these are the sick spots of American society, every way you wanna turn it... But I digress already! (I'll digress much more later!)

Undoubtedly, you can judge this to be an interesting and catching movie only if one is interested in the social issues that it exposes. Because otherwise rest assured it can provide you with a pretty grim couple of hours... In spite of the odd quips or humorous sections here and there. It's a typical Michael Moore documentary: no clean footage, low-budget set-up and very slowly coming to the main point. If you have a short attention span or prefer the glitter of National Geographic-like kind of info, be prepared for something less entertaining... On the other hand, entertainment was not the point here!
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The most telling part of this excellent and important documentary, essential viewing in this electoral season (especially where he shows how Hillary got bought off after fighting briefly and with compromises for the universal health care enjoyed by most civilized Western nations, including here France, Norway, Cuba and Canada), arises when we learn how we went from a nation of concerned health care providers addressing the whole person and community to privatized corporations concerned only for the bottom line and thus aggressively denying any care at all in order to earn more profits, placing money before Americans. It once took a whole village to raise a child and heal the sick and to care for our elderly in peace and compassion; now our health management, insurance and pharmaceutical corporations in order to increase their records profits deny health care to anyone who is ill. The most telling and undeniable part of this important and pro-life documentary lies in the Nixon tapes, in which Erlichman in 1971 sells the concept of privatized health management of Kaiser Permanente to a Nixon growling at any whiff of our government providing health services to all. Erlichman forcefully assures the frowning one that this is strictly for profit, and so Nixon the Usurper, our own Richard the Third, gleefully agrees (wondering where he gets his cut of the pie) and the next night on national television sells this snake oil as good for Americans. Now we have the worst health care system in the once civilized world, which mercilessly denies health care to those who are sick in order to rake in greater profits at the cost of their lives and suffering, ignoring and abusing not only the once honored whole person, but also encouraging and waiting for their death by negligence. Thanks a lot, Dick.Read more ›
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Want Universal health care in America? Then Support Kucinich.
The United States is the richest Third World Nation on the planet. How embarrassing that we rate so low in health care for our citizens. Kucinich absolutely has the right idea with HR 676...and Michael Moore endorses it! Time to make it happen!
Oct 14, 2007 by M. A. Butler |  See all 20 posts
What comes to YOUR mind when you think of Moore?
"bum" or "jerk"...until I saw Sicko. I thought it would be another 'grasping at straws' rant...was I wrong. Well done, riveting, and evocative...managed to push all the buttons subtly. I couldn't turn away from it...burned lunch, put off swimming on a 90 degree day. Perhaps... Read More
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The health care industry in America is a joke. I should know, I was denied coverage more than once for necessary medical care. I got so mad at Blue Cross for denying me the 2nd time that I dropped them soon after I got their rejection letter & just started paying out of my own pocket. ... Read More
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Michael Moore was on Oprah to discuss Healthcare
A society cannot call itself civilized if it allows any of it's citizens to die because they cannot pay for medical treatment; even the hated communist regimes recognize that! It's all down to profit. It should be like the Fire department or Police, A SERVICE paid through taxes. That's how it... Read More
Aug 13, 2008 by Leonard T. Fisk |  See all 3 posts
Sicko soundtrack
I would like to know this too. At first I thought it might be "Beam" by Hans Zimmer, but it isn't ("Beam" is on the movie soundtrack to The Thin Red Line, which I've just been listening to.) Hopefully someone will recognise it and let us know!
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