|Un Certain Regard, U.S., Michael Moore||1995 Copyright Moving Pictures|
|Simon Bacal||May 25, 1995|
In Gramercy Pictures' new comedy, Canadian Bacon, the President of the United States -- faced with low popularity and a plummeting economy-- plans to win back the support of the American people by creating a new evil empire-- Canada. And so the 'honeymoon capital of the world' finds itself on the front lines of America's coldest war after Bud Boomer, the Sheriff of Niagara and over zealous patriot, takes matters into his own hands and leads a group of deputies on a daring raid across the border.
Responsible for directing and writing this escapade is Michael Moore, who rose to fame with his depiction of the American automobile industry in Roger & Me and more recently hosted FOX Television's TV Nation.
"I started to think about doing something along these lines during the Gulf War, Moore remarks. "Basically, I was amazed at how quickly the American public fell behind the President -- even though many Americans did not know where Iraq was. I thought to myself, 'if the President declared any old country to be the enemy, would he receive the support of the entire nation?' So Canada, where people would be manning the barricades, just seemed to be the most absurd example of that scenario.
"Having written the first draft within three weeks and having composed subsequent drafts over the following year, I can say that fiction is, in some respects, easier thatn non-fiction because you're obviously free to invent anything in the world. When you go out and shoot non-fiction, however, you don't know what you're going to find, so you just can't invent the 'Bunny Lady' or 'Deputy Fred.'"
"The film's characters resemble people with whom we're all very familiar-- from the President of the United States to the local citizens who believe almost anything." Moore continues. "And, instead of doing a political satire or an arthouse film which is only seen by a few thousand people, I've created something which combines politics with a broad-based comedy for a mass audience."
Budgeted at U.S. $10 million, the film, which was shot over a period of 38 days at Niagara Falls, Canada, features performances from the late John Candy, Alan Alda, Rhea Perlman, Kevin Pollack, Rip Torn and James Belushi.
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