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Encyclopedia > Fast Food Nation (film)
Fast Food Nation
Directed by Richard Linklater
Produced by Jeremy Thomas
Malcolm McLaren
Written by Richard Linklater
Eric Schlosser
(book)
Starring Patricia Arquette
Paul Dano
Mitch Baker
Luis Guzmán
Ethan Hawke
Ashley Johnson
Greg Kinnear
Kris Kristofferson
Avril Lavigne
Catalina Sandino Moreno
Lou Taylor Pucci
Ana Claudia Talancón
Wilmer Valderrama
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures (USA)
Tartan Films (UK)
Release date(s) November 17, 2006 (USA)
November 10, 2006 (UK)
Running time 114 minutes
Language English
IMDb profile

Fast Food Nation is a fictionalized film loosely based on the non-fiction book Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. It was filmed on locations in Mexico and the United States (in Texas and Colorado) under the codename Coyote.[1] The movie was produced by Participant Productions and Recorded Picture Company for HanWay Films and BBC Films, and was directed and written by Richard Linklater. It premiered on May 19, 2006 at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was released November 17, 2006. It made $390,000 during its opening weekend.[2] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 405 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (510 × 755 pixel, file size: 59 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a film poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the film... 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Fast Food Nation, paperback edition Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (2001) is a book by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser that examines the local and global influence of the United States fast food industry. ... Eric Schlosser (born 1959) is an American journalist and author. ... Official language(s) No Official Language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Participant Productions is a relatively new movie studio, whose initial movies have gained critical acclaim, and major film awards. ... Recorded Picture Company was founded in 1971 by producer Jeremy Thomas. ... 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The movie uses a fictionalized approach instead of being a documentary, telling the story from the point of view of people involved in the industry. The ensemble cast includes Greg Kinnear, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ethan Hawke, Luis Guzman, Patricia Arquette, Kris Kristofferson, Lou Taylor Pucci, Ana Claudia Talancon, Esai Morales, Paul Dano, Wilmer Valderrama, Bruce Willis, and Avril Lavigne. Greg Kinnear (born June 17, 1963 in Logansport, Indiana) is an Academy Award nominated American actor. ... Catalina Sandino Moreno (born April 19, 1981 in Bogotá, Colombia) is an actress. ... Ethan Green Hawke (born November 6, 1970) is an Academy Award nominated American actor, writer and film director. ... Luis Guzmán is a Puerto Rican actor. ... Patricia T Arquette (born April 8, 1968) is an Emmy Award-winning and a Golden Globe Award-nominated American actress. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Lou Taylor Pucci in Green Days Jesus of Suburbia music video. ... Ana Claudia Talancón (born May 1st, 1980 in Cancun, Mexico) is a Mexican actress. ... Esai Morales Esai Morales (born October 1, 1962) is an actor who most recently starred as Lt. ... Paul Franklin Dano (born June 19, 1984) is an American actor. ... Wilmer Valderrama Wilmer Valderrama (born January 30, 1980) is a comic actor best known for the role of Fez in the sitcom That 70s Show and as the host of the MTV series Yo Momma. ... Convenience store window poster featuring American actor Bruce Willis. ... Avril Ramona Lavigne (born September 27, 1984, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada)[1] [2] is a Canadian-born singer. ...


Fast Food Nation received mixed reviews [3] and was not widely distributed. Manohla Dargis of the New York Times called Fast Food Nation "The most essential political film from an American director since Michael Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 9/11.’", while JoBlo 's Berge Garabedian said "none of the stories in the film are interesting (except one), the ultimate lack of connection between them all is surprising and worst of all, it all just felt like a school lesson to me, taught by a condescending know-it-all", giving credit only to the movie's strong line-up of big name actors. The film's rating on Rotten Tomatoes stands at 47%.[1] Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American political-activist, a film director, author, social commentator, and political humorist. ... Fahrenheit 9/11 is an award-winning documentary film by American filmmaker and political activist Michael Moore, which had a general release in the United States and Canada on June 25, 2004. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Contents

Characters

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
  • Don Anderson (Played by Greg Kinnear) - A happily married father of two and a high ranking marketing executive of Mickey's, a fictional fast food giant. Don is assigned to investigate alarming studies conducted by independent research teams about the disturbing material that's been found in the company's meat supply.
  • Sylvia (Played by Catalina Sandino Moreno) - A diligent, hardworking Mexican immigrant who arrives in the United States in pursuit of a better life with her husband and little sister.
  • Raul (Played by Wilmer Valderrama) - Sylvia's husband, who is also intent on finding a better way of life and ends up getting a job at a meatpacking plant.
  • Amber (Played by Ashley Johnson) - A responsible high school student who works at the counter for Mickey's.
  • Coco (Played by Ana Claudia Talancón) - Sylvia's wild child little sister who shares the same desires as her sister and brother-in-law in trying to find a better life in America.
  • Brian (Played by Paul Dano) - A cynical, wisecracking classmate and co-worker of Amber's, who seems to be attracted to her, despite how the two of them might be completely different personality-wise.
  • Mike (Played by Bobby Cannavale) - A bossy, libidinous meatpacking plant supervisor who has his eyes on all the new female employees that arrive.
  • Tony (Played by Esai Morales) - The levelheaded manager of the Mickey's restaurant where Amber and Brian work. He has designs on moving Amber up and getting her promoted within the company because of her work ethic.
  • Benny (Played by Luis Guzman) - A cautious family man who is transporting illegal immigrants from Mexico to safe passage in America.

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References

  1. ^ Willis and crew film at Springs restaurant. gazette.com Colorado Springs. Retrieved on 2006 July 30.
  2. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Movies/11/19/box.office.ap/index.html CNN Box Office Analysis for November 19th, 2006. cnn.com. Retrieved November 19th, 2006.
  3. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fast_food_nation/

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External links

  • Radio Interview with Richard Linklater from FBi 94.5 Sydney Australia
  • Mother Jones magazine interview with Linklater
  • Fast Food Nation at the Internet Movie Database
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