Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price NR

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A feature length documentary that uncovers a retail giant's assault on families and American values.

Eric J. Stein, Edith Arana
1 hour 38 minutes

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

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Genres Documentary
Director Robert Greenwald
Starring Eric J. Stein, Edith Arana
Supporting actors Jon Hunter, Jeremy Hunter, Matt Hunter, Johnny Faenza, Frank Mormino, John Bruening, Tom Glassburner, Weldon Nicholson, Al Norman, Grace Thibodeaux, Diane DeVoy, Cathy Nemchik, Stan Fortune, Jon Lehman, Phenix Montgomery, Josh Noble, Donna Payton, Alicia Sylvia
Studio Brainstorm Media
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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This film was laughably simplistic in its appeals to the viewers' heartstrings.
It is the Walmarts of the corporate world that have increased the worlds hatred of America and eroded the business values that once made this country so great.
Yes, I know it is true that they don't get payed that much, but if they were ever mad at how much they get payed, then why do they work there?
Bill Lindey

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167 of 185 people found the following review helpful By Schtinky VINE VOICE on February 6, 2006
Format: DVD
'Wal Mart, The High Cost Of Low Price' is filled with first hand testimonials and some hard-fact figures that will help in validating your hatred of this greedy giant, and visually exposes those in other countries who are ruthlessly used as slaves to produce the cheap products you purchase when you patronize this monolith.

These "jobs" provided to the labor forces of India, China, Bangladesh, and Mexico are not 'good wage' jobs even for third world standards. The people are overworked, underpaid, and forced to work in sub-human conditions. These human beings make 13 to 17 cents and hour, and work 10 to 18 hour days without breaks, all so you can have that $1.49 blouse.

Exposed in this film are the squalid, rent controlled apartments in China, provided by the company, that put to shame the most rancid ghetto house in your hometown. And if the employee chooses not to live in these rat-infested housing developments, the rent is still deducted from their wages. Wal-Mart has managed to lower the work standards set for these hard-pressed, low wage, third-world countries that other companies are going to follow, sucking down the standards of working all across the world.

The manager of the Mexico factories went on a tour to make sure that working conditions were humane. He was fired when he reported that the conditions were intolerably inhumane. In his own words, he didn't think retaliation would be brought against him for doing his job.

If you think it was a good thing that America abolished slavery, then think again before you go into a Wal-Mart. Just because the US is no longer "importing" slaves, doesn't make it right to continue to use slavery in other countries to produce high profits for personal gain.
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85 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on September 6, 2006
Format: DVD
Right from the start, you get the impression of a family's impending doom. They have run a successful business for a generation and have been members of their community for several more. The juggernaut Walmart is about to move into the area. The viewer wonders, but knows what will befall the family business.

As the producer points out, this has occurred all over America where Walmart has set up shop, demanded more services from the county treasury, and ran local stores into bankruptcy, destroying main streets everywhere. If the Wallmart is not profitable, it will be shut down. It will leave a vacant building and parking lot and a shuttered main street like the parasite that has sucked the life out of its host.

Robert Greenwald also focuses on the Walmart employees who are forced to work long hours sans overtime, health care, or union protection. On this last one, in particular, Walmart fights tooth and nail with a rapid response force of lawyers that will descend on the wayward employees the same day the news reaching them. (When Walmart butchers successfully unionized in Wisconsin, the company closed down the butcher shops in those stores.)

Many employees are paid so poorly that they cannot afford the cost of health coverage the company provides. They get public assistance and must apply for food stamps. Ironically, Wallmart touts their wonderful health plan that would cost many of their employess almost half their salary.

The odd part of this documentary was seeing Walmart's CEO addressing a crowd of enthusiastic Wallmart employees extolling Walmart's exemplary employee treatment. It had more of the look of an Amway convention where individual achievement is encouraged. And that is about all that Walmart is willing to offer them.
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249 of 300 people found the following review helpful By DW on November 6, 2005
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A powerful documentary that contrasts the public persona of Walmart with the human toll of their behind-the-scenes business practices. Deeply personal vignettes from small business owners, Walmart managers, workers, attorneys and environmentalists review the tragic consequences of one of the world's largest, most venal corporations running amok on rural America - subsidized by our own tax dollars. This is a movie was Walmart does NOT want you to see - so tell all your friends!
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Steve Koss VINE VOICE on December 18, 2005
Format: DVD
Everyone knows the story: WalMart waltzes into a small to medium-sized town, promises jobs and better shopping opportunities for everyone, secures tons of tax concessions, opens to great fanfare among local politicians and property developers, and within a year turns the former downtown area into a wasteland of shuttered buildings and ruined family businesses. But how many people know about the following:

-- That WalMart managers keep lists of places Associates could go for public assistance. As one employee was told, "There are lots of programs out there. Use your taxpayers' dollars!" The movie estimates that it costs American taxpayers over $1.5 billion every year to support WalMart employees.

-- That five Walton family members are in the top ten of America's richest people but give less than 1% of their wealth to charity (Bill Gates has given 58%) but over $3.2 million in political contributions in 2004 alone (one guess as to which political party).

-- That the moment the first union in a WalMart Canada store was certified, the company closed the store, claiming it was not profitable.

-- That the moment the tax abatements expired for their store in Cathedral City, CA, WalMart relocated it two miles away, just beyond the city line.

-- That there were over 27 million square feet of abandoned WalMart store space around the U.S.

-- That WalMart knew as early as 1994 from internal studies that 80% of their store crime occurred in the parking lots but has done virtually nothing to make their customers safe and, in fact, tried to hide from the courts that they had even done these studies.
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