This article is from the Michael Moore FAQ, by Edward Champion email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
It is Moore's first foray into narrative filmmaking. The $10
million film was written, produced and directed by Michael
Moore. It stars Alan Alda, John Candy, Bill Nunn, Kevin J.
O'Connor, Rhea Perlman, Kevin Pollack and Rip Torn. The film also
features cameos by Stephen Wright, James Belushi, Dan Aykroyd,
Michael Moore and Ben Hamper.
The director of photography was Oscar-winning Haskell Wexler
(ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, BOUND FOR GLORY). The production
designer is Carol Spier. Wendey Starzler, who edited ROGER AND ME,
edits. Elmer Bernstein wrote the music score.
Moore has described the film as a cross between DR.
STRANGELOVE and ANIMAL HOUSE. What follows is a synopsis of the
film taken from Denis Sequin's article:
"Faced with high unemployment and industrial sluggishness, the
film's waffling U.S. President (Alan Alda), a Clinton surrogate, is
forced to concede that there's nothing like a full-time enemy to
concentrate the national senses. But when the representatives of
the former Soviet Union are unwilling to negotiate the old enmity
back into existence, the national security adviser (Kevin Pollak)
whispers an unfamiliar arctic name in the president's ear. That
night, the major network newscasts are full of ominous stories from
north of the border....
In Niagara Falls, N.Y., Sheriff Bud Boomer (Candy) is at the
bankruptcy auction of a local weapons plant -- peace is bad for
business -- when he hears word of a Canadian invasion. Later,
watching TV, learning about the infiltration of Canadian
celebrities into the U.S. media, he decides to take matters into
his own hands. While the CIA dusts off its Canada specialist and
the Secret Service readies a clandestine force of fake Canadian
invaders, Bud Boomer mounts a preemptive strike. He attacks the
'capital' of Canada: Toronto."