Sicko


2h 3m 2007

Brief Synopsis

Opening with profiles of several ordinary Americans whose lives have been disrupted, shattered and--in some cases--ended by health care catastrophe, the film makes it clear that the crisis doesn't only affect the 47 million uninsured citizens, but also the millions of others who dutifully pay their

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Discovery Film; The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company
Distribution Company
Lionsgate/The Weinstein Company; 01 Distribuzione; A-Film Distribution; Alfa Films; Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Baditri; Bir Film; Budapest Film; Europa Filmes; Filmcompagniet; Fs Film Oy; Golden Village; Italia Films; Kino Swiat International; Lionsgate; Palace Pictures (Czech Republic); Palace Pictures (Slovakia); Rai Cinema; SF Studios; SF Studios; Sena; Senator Film Verleih; Sponge; Ster-Kinekor; Studiocanal UK; Svensk Filmindustri Norway; Tf1 International; Tfm Distribution; The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company; Village Roadshow Limited; Wild Bunch AG

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 3m

Synopsis

Opening with profiles of several ordinary Americans whose lives have been disrupted, shattered and--in some cases--ended by health care catastrophe, the film makes it clear that the crisis doesn't only affect the 47 million uninsured citizens, but also the millions of others who dutifully pay their premiums and who often get strangled by bureaucratic red tape as well. After detailing just how the system got into such a mess (the short answer: profits and Nixon), viewers are whisked around the world, visiting countries including Canada, Great Britain and France, where all citizens receive free medical benefits. Finally, Moore gathers a group of 9/11 heroes--rescue workers now suffering from debilitating illnesses who have been denied medical attention in the United States. He takes them to a most expected place, and in addition to finally receiving care; they also engage in some unexpected diplomacy. The film is a straight-shooting portrait of the crazy and sometimes cruel U.S. health care system, told from the vantage of everyday people faced with extraordinary and bizarre challenges in their quest for basic health coverage.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Discovery Film; The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company
Distribution Company
Lionsgate/The Weinstein Company; 01 Distribuzione; A-Film Distribution; Alfa Films; Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Baditri; Bir Film; Budapest Film; Europa Filmes; Filmcompagniet; Fs Film Oy; Golden Village; Italia Films; Kino Swiat International; Lionsgate; Palace Pictures (Czech Republic); Palace Pictures (Slovakia); Rai Cinema; SF Studios; SF Studios; Sena; Senator Film Verleih; Sponge; Ster-Kinekor; Studiocanal UK; Svensk Filmindustri Norway; Tf1 International; Tfm Distribution; The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company; Village Roadshow Limited; Wild Bunch AG

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 3m

Award Nominations

Best Documentary Feature

2007

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Documentary by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA).

Winner of the 2007 Eddie Award for Best Edited Documentary by the American Cinema Editors (ACE).

Winner of the 2007 Producer of the Year Award in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures by the Producers Guild of America (PGA).

Winner of the 2007 Satellite Award for Best Documentary by the International Press Academy (IPA).

Released in United States Summer June 22, 2007

Expanded Release in United States June 29, 2007

Released in United States on Video November 6, 2007

Released in United States 2007

Shown at London Film Festival (Gala) October 17-November 1, 2007.

Previously set up at Miramax.

The Weinstein Company and Lionsgate set up a distribution partnership whereby Lionsgate handles domestic distribution and TWC distributes internationally and absorbs all marketing, publicity and P&A costs.

Released in United States Summer June 22, 2007 (NY)

Expanded Release in United States June 29, 2007

Released in United States on Video November 6, 2007

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at London Film Festival (Gala) October 17-November 1, 2007.)

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Documentary by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA).