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  • Actors: Kris Kristofferson, Patricia Arquette, Bruce Willis, Ethan Hawke, Greg Kinnear
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug. 2007
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QEIQ6K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,492 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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If Super Size Me took on the burger, Fast Food Nation takes on the whole takeaway food industry! Don Henderson is a corporate marketing whiz at Mickey s Fast Food Restaurant chain, home of The Big One . When he discovers that contaminated meat is getting into the frozen patties of the company s best-selling burger, his investigations uncover more than he bargained for. Directed by Richard Linklater (Before Sunset, School of Rock) and based on Eric Schlosser s best-selling expose of America s junk food industry, Fast Food Nation features an-star cast including Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine), multi-million selling MTV Award winner Avril Lavigne, Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset), Patricia Arquette (True Romance), Oscar® nominee Kris Kristofferson and Bruce Willis. Special Features: - Tartan Exclusive Interviews with Eric Schlosser, Richard Linklater, Ashley Johnson and Wilmer Valderrama - Behind the Scenes - Original Theatrical Trailer

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If you're still eating that fast-food burger after watching Super Size Me, you might not feel too hungry after watching Fast Food Nation, a fictionalised feature based on Eric Schlosser's bestselling nonfiction expose. Director Richard Linklater, who cowrote the screenplay with Schlosser, guides a topnotch ensemble cast through a peek behind the veil of how that Big Mac is born. Much of the film focuses on the illegal immigrants who work in the loosely regulated meat-packing industry, and actors including the luminous Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), who plays a desperate but outraged labourer. Greg Kinnear also delivers a spot-on performance as a fast-food chain marketing manager, trying frantically to discover the source of stomach-turning contamination in the company's meat. Stories are woven in unexpected ways, and cameos by the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Patricia Arquette, and especially Bruce Willis keep the narrative fresh. The film has a point of view, but thanks to Linklater's deft touch, is never didactic. As Willis's character slyly says, "Most people don't like to be told what's best for them." Agreed, yet Fast Food Nation likely will help the viewer be more conscious of what's on the end of that fork. --A.T. Hurley

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ernie on 3 July 2010
Format: DVD
Fast Food Nation revolves around three individuals associated with Mickey's, a fictitious burger chain riding high on the success of "The Big One" which is fast becoming one of the country's best selling burgers.
At the top of the business is Don, the marketing director for Mickey's who is asked by to company CEO to visit its main supplier of burgers to check out its production processes, as some independent research had discovered a significant presence of faecal matter in the meat it supplies. He travels to the fictitious town of Cody, Colorado to a large combined slaughterhouse and meat packing plant where he uncovers a ruthless business which forces him to re-examine his own business morals.
At the central point of the business is Amber a teenage part-time employee in a branch of Mickey's in Cody. Despite being seen as potential management material Amber is encouraged by her uncle to find more to life and becomes involved in a backlash protest at the business practices of her employer.
At the bottom of the business chain is Sylvia, an immigrant from Mexico who illegally crosses the border with her husband and sister to find work in the U.S. When her husband and sister find work in the meat packing plant that supplies Mickey's it reveals a ruthless company that treats its employees little better than the meat it processes.
While the film is a candid look at a section of the fast food business at no time does it ever really preach right from wrong, it simply tells a fictitious story of the journey the meat in a burger took to end up being served in a fast food restaurant, and the lives that were affected along the way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Agnetha on 28 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
This is a film which reminded me (if I actually needed to) why I became vegetarian over 25 years ago. The trouble is, burger fans are the ones that NEED to watch this film, but I expect they will not and go blindly through life eating this disgusting stuff. A warning to people about the blood and gore towards the end, but it has to be shown in order to get the message across. Literally turned my stomach.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peppermint Patty on 20 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
I got round to reading the book after just about everyone seemed to be reading it a couple of years ago and though it was brilliant, it was hard to get through. The film is a far better snapshot of just what's wrong with the fast food industry. The best thing is that although it's got a real serious side to it, it's very funny in places and there's a wicked cameo from Bruce Willis!!! The rest of the cast are all pretty impressive too. LOVED it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kas on 20 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
Without wishing to sound like a veggie bore, I do highly recommend this film to anyone in any doubt as to whether the term 'junk food' is anything better than just that, junk. Plus you'll have a good time whilst finding out the answers from the film - it's an extremely well pieced together way of bringing in all the ingredients that go into the classic burger. Great performances from Greg Kinnear, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Kris Kristofferson AND bizarrely, Bruce Willis!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Sundance Kid on 20 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
Want to know how disgustingly bad American big business is? Eat faeces! (i.e. it makes us eat faeces - that's how disgusting...) This film needs to be watched - for two reasons. Firstly, all of the major issues that Eric Schlosser wrote about in the best-selling book (health problems, illegal immigration, corporate malpractise, workforce exploitation) appear here powerfully in his fictional interpretation, and secondly, the script, alongside the direction of the always great Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise/Sunset, A Scanner Darkly, School of Rock, Slacker), makes for a very (and very blackly) comic and entertaining film. This is all helped along by an excellent ensemble cast - including Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Kris Kristofferson, Luis Guzman, Paul Dano, Wilmer Valderrama, Ashley Johnson - even Avril Lavigne pops up. Great stuff.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian Devlin on 14 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
This movie starts off really well, with Greg Kinnear portraying a fast food exec investigating reports of cow faeces present in his company's hamburgers. However, this plotline ends abruptly and we're left with a bunch of teenagers cutting through a fence in the middle of the night to try to free some cows?! Then the movie fizzles out like a poorly-lit BBQ with the Mexican girl giving it up to her aggressive boss across the driver's side of his truck in a car park?!

The scene with Ethan Hawke and his mind-numbing diatribe made me want to vomit more than the scenes of cow-slaughter did. Thank God for fast-forward.

My advice, don't bother with this stupid movie. Go watch Super Size Me by Morgan Spurlock if you want to see a more damning indictment of the fast food industry.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mylhouse on 20 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
If you want to keep eating burgers after watching this, knock yourself out. Me? Never again... and anytime I think I might, I'll be buying the DVD to watch the film again and remind myself why I shouldn't!!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CathMac69 on 22 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
Fast Food Nation is a must-see: it's funny, it's got a great cast (Bruce Willis, Greg Kinnear, Patricia Arquette...) but putting it above general American comedies is the fact that there's actually something serious going on as well. This is the complete opposite of the meaningless fast food-style burger movies that Hollywood churns out - this film has a message and manages to get it across wihtout beign preachy. Sometimes it's pretty shocking and even quite dark but that's life - and let's hope this film not just entertains people but makes them think about the way that things go on.
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