Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
(R, 1:37:36, Released 2005)
|Genres:||Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest|
|Release Date:||Nov 4, 2005|
|DVD Release Date:||Nov 15, 2005|
|Starring:||Edith Arana, James Cromwell, Diane DeVoy, Jordan Esry, Scott Esry, Al Norman, Don Hunter, Frank Mormino, Jeremy Hunter, John Bruening|
|Directed by:||Robert Greenwald|
|Synopsis:||Everyone has seen Wal-Mart's lavish television commercials, but have you ever wondered why Wal-Mart spends so much money trying to convince you it cares about your family, your community, and even its own employees? What is it hiding? Filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes you behind the glitz and into the real lives of workers and their families, business owners and their communities.|
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June 16, 2013
"It will change the way you think, feel, and shop..."
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price is an extremely important documentary, even more so now then when it was even made. The film came out in 2005 and 8 years later, it's still as relevant as it was when first released. It's a film that is supposed to open your eyes up to what these global corporations are doing to not only the economy, but to individuals all over the world and also to communities like we all live in. Wal-Mart is an easy target to attack, as it is the biggest and most profitable corporation in existence. Not only should this be a wake up call for what Wal-Mart is doing, but for what many corporations are involved in on an everyday basis. It's disgusting.
A variety of angles are taken here to show the corrupt, manipulative nature of Wal-Mart. If we were to take their word for it, Wal-Mart would only be seen as a good thing. The prices are low which help the average family make ends meet with their budget. Also, the CEO would like us to believe that their employees are important to them, that they are given good benefits, and good pay. In reality none of this is true, but the lie is easy to sell when you're selling everything at the cheapest price and have billions of dollars to advertise more lies.
Wal-Mart is just another example of everything that is wrong with America today. What happened to the good old days, when mom and pop stores thrived, and people were actually able to make up their own minds on where to shop. Now advertising agencies know exactly how to warp everyone's minds and can pretty much make us believe anything is good and helpful to our communities. You gotta love America now. It's corporately owned from government to community and this movie does a great job showing Wal-Mart's involvement in our downfall.
March 27, 2013
Documentary about the business practices of Wal Mart is an eye opening film that tells the behind the scenes story of what really happens. Everyone shops at Wal Mart; they are the biggest chain store in the world. This is a compelling documentary that explores an important topic. In many ways, we all know how Wal Mart operates, and it is very unfair and immoral. However, the store chain has such a grasp on our culture, which it is hard to boycott when it is the only store in a small town. I really don't approve of their methods, but I guess big corporations can easily get away with it because they have a major foothold in retail sales. This is a must see documentary and it is also an important one. Watching this film you realize that big companies like Wal Mart can get away with so much because they make huge profits. The film examines what the company does to small businesses, their employees and the environment. Despite its importance, I don't believe that the film will do anything to really make an impact on consumers. But for me, I was stunned at what I watched and thought that this is worth seeing. Wal Mart should definitely change their policies as they are one of the leading chain stores in the world, and many other companies are sure to use the same practices. Overall this is a shocking documentary and it is an eye opening film that definitely uncovers some truths that the company will surely find hard to reply to. With a film like this, the company should definitely have revised what they do in terms of business practices to protect at least some form of integrity. However, they only care about profits and don't care about the cost of what the company do to communities and people in general.
December 7, 2009
It is one of my sources of happiness to say that: I dont know Wal-Mart, neither do I take one sided Documentaries serious. What this Documentary shows, it is not a secret those many 'chain stores and every second little store around the corner do it already since before the Wal-Mart. I think these kind of Documentary confuse people and just cause headache.
December 1, 2009
Ok, everyone already knows that Wal-mart and Wal-mart like stores are sucking the blood of the country. This film brings up lots of good points, but really they are just attacking the big name of an already established system that sucks. It's called 'chain stores'. Everybody pays people in China pennies to make our crap, even small buisnesses. A friend of mine makes board games, turns hardly any profit, but still has them made in China. Does it suck? Yes. Also, I like how they play up that nobody gets paid anything to work there. It's called minimum wage, and believe me you can get that same low pay in just about any place you work at these days. And the health insurance is unaffordable in all those places too. My wife and I have college degrees and still get paid minimum wage with no health benifits. And yes, Wal-mart has lots of crime in its parking lots, but that's because there are tons of wal marts in the world and that increases the odds of crime happening in them. Hell, somebody shot someone inside the Fred Meyer down the street from where I live. I hate to shop at wal-mart. I often wonder where these 'low prices' they talk about are at, because it costs the same as everywhere else that I've seen. Truth is, nothing is more ugly than traveling across country and seeing that in every town you stop in, all the buisnesses are exactly the same: Chilis, FedEx, Papa's Pizza, Taco Bell, etc etc. There is no place for the Ma and Pop stores anymore, which super sucks because it's helping to replace buisness owners with low paid workers. STILL. This documentary is totally one sided which I hate in any documentary, even when they are right. What they didn't do is discus how the only real way that Wal-mart is flurishing is because the people in these communities shop there in the first place. So whose fault is it? Morons that shop there. They're just another animal filling a nitch to survive.
May 5, 2009
It's excellent at getting it's point across. However, this is mostly hateful propaganda, that is simply the opposite of Wal-Mart's own lovey-dovey advertisements. It raises some excellent points, but seems to go off like some mad old man towards the end. Wal-Mart have such hate aimed against them that in the segment on crime outside their stores it seems as though Wal-Mart are the ones committing the offenses. The film also doesn't have the balls to attack Wal-Mart customers. It shows at the very end how communities can oppose the construction of a store, but what about these communities where local stores die out? It's a lot easier to turn people against a huge company rather than themselves.
April 5, 2009
It's not a particularly bad documentary, but I don't feel like I learned anything from it. I knew Wal-mart did these so-called "controversial practcies" already.
January 21, 2009
This is one of those documentaries that will make you angry. It's a hard film to watch because it would appear that Walmart doesn't have an ethical bone in its slick, hypothetical corporate body. Counting the ways in which it exploits everyone and everything does get a little tiresome, but it is nice to know that the filmmakers seem to have hope.
September 22, 2008
Eye-opening film. I no longer shop at Wal-Mart.
November 18, 2007
I never went to Wal-Mart before and this solidified my boycott.
November 14, 2007
Statistically speaking, Wal-Mart is worse than cancer and I actually like Tony Danza and Jim Varney better than Wal-Mart, but this was a ridiculously over the top propaganda film. The High Cost of Low Price nitpicks every little thing about the company--and for as much as I loathe said company I just don't think this documentary is entirely fair. (Like no one gets stabbed or kidnapped out of any other store's parking lot.) It's very intelligent as it bends facts and circumstance while it knows exactly who its audience is--right wing Christians. In its defense, I did miss the first 15 minutes but I got the jist within the first 2 minutes I caught.
May 21, 2006
This was the perfect mix of factual information along with touching human interest stories. An incredibly moving documentary, that simply tells its story through the perspectives of people affected by Wal-Mart. Must watch material.
February 28, 2009
absolutely mind bottling, yes bottling. so now I have the serious debate on do I still go there. My head says no way but my wallet says ya life is tough all over but low low prices is what I need. I'm from a small town and I understand the mom and pop business situation all to well. The thing that i'm wondering is can a corp like wal-mart even be stopped. I'm sure like world banking there are alot of top tier people involved that wouldn't let it be shut down or de-regulated. It's a sad situation but to tell you the truth mankind has been doing this since the beginning of time. The stronger element will almost always win. Kings and queens did the same thing, i give you protection and you live on my land and produce for me and you get nothing but what i decide to give you, you don't like it then go somewhere else.
June 8, 2008
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I hate Wal-Mart as much as anyone so I was excited to see this but I have to say I was extremely disappointed with this. They begin with it closing local store but it quickly loses track the big picture. Far too much of the movie focuses on the workers conditions. This film fails to hit you with necessary stats and facts to support their case. Instead it has countless boring individual testimonies of workers, managers, and communities to build their case, which comes off as opinionated. They also do not focus enough on communities that have legally acted to restrict Wal-Mart from coming to their communities. There should be more about the process and benefit those communities have had from these policies. Why couldn't this movie have business experts, economists, and government figures to back their arguments, gain credibility, and to inject more provoking thoughts and dimension to the subject?
July 25, 2011
I never liked Wal-Mart. Long before this documentary came out I saw the reality that the vast majority of every product that they sell in their store's is made in China. For anyone living in the modern world, if anyone say's that they did not know that working condition's were like that, for example, for ppl in China, working job's like those, then they are either lying or they are completely stupid.
Many ppl have made comment's/preview's & review's that I have seen have said that this documentary doesn't show them anything that they didn't already know; that all companies, specifically all the larger one's, do this & that, & all these horrible things, to those employee's assembling product's in those far off & distant region's of the world, & to the employee's working in their store's, all of the mistreatment, the abuse, the neglect, with the safety condition's, the pay, the overtime pay, the healthcare, etc. I detect some intense amount of apathy, not just in their word's but in the way that they justify their opinion's, as if bc, everyone does it so ... that makes it alright?!
...as if just bc no one, including & perhaps in particularly Wal-Mart, has had a flame placed to their rear-end then that means that Wal-Mart isn't doing anything wrong?? I recommend, with the highest recommendation's possible, that if any such person has such a point of view that they do a gut check on their sanity and their morals! And I also recommend, rather highly, that all those around them, friend's, family, coworker's, keep some distance from those idiot's; do as much as you can to associate with them as little as possible, at least until such time that they get their sanity & their moral's in proper order.
(Such a person afflicted with that point of view may very likely be a child molester, a serial rapist and/or murderer, or some other such horrible thing that we often seem to believe only exists in horror movie's & tv drama's... They certainly possess the potential to be like that, they are much more likely to develop into someone who does those thing's than perhaps anyone else, bc, that kind of point of view, the apathy necessary to have it, means that they are much more likely, than any given person who does not have that point of view, to be such an individual and they are, at the very least, much more likely to not give a damn if they were to encounter something exactly like that first hand. You have been warned!!)
January 24, 2011
Ew! Wal-Mart! You're so fucking evil! I mean, I've always hated Wal-Mart... and this documentary completely affirmed my beliefs that Satan himself pulls the corporate strings around here. Fuck! I feel so dirty for ever having stepped IN a Wal-Mart...
December 21, 2010
A sobering look at the greedy side of business when the bottom line is profit, profit, profit. I'm sure Wal-Mart isn't the only offender, but because it is such a HUGE corporation, their infractions are multiplied many times as they are repeated across the globe.
This documentary aptly shows us many business tactics which should not be allowed. Purposely understaffing stores, hiring more part-timers to avoid benefits, importing heavily from China, encouraging government aid for its workers due to their own lack of good health coverage, the list goes on and on.
What is really aggravating is the juxtaposition of the executives & their public statments with the reality of the actual operations. Also amazing is TRULY how CHEAP imported goods are from overseas factories, and how Wal-Mart is making tremendous profits while talking about how they have to remain "competitive" in the marketplace.
If anything, this should make you wary of supporting a company like Wal-Mart. There ARE better options. Every time you shop, you are voting with your wallet. Let's stop blindly accepting a low price and start supporting companies who care about people, and not just money!
November 17, 2010
This film proves that, if the good 'ol boys from Bentonville have their way, the world will be a bleak prison for the rest of the human race - which they apparently regard with quite a bit of contempt.
Some of the facts in this film will be shocking to most:
* Products made in Chinese sweatshops by workers paid pennies a day who have to cough it right back up for dormitory rent.
* Not a dime from Wal-Mart management for the Wal-Mart Needy Employee Fund, but $3 million a year for political contributions.
* Lawsuits for blatant prejudicial treatment of women and minorities.
* Parking lots that are sewers of night-time crime for lack of cameras or patrols.
* Routine demands to work off the clock or be fired.
* Folding up shop at the drop of a hat to dodge a union - or to move outside of a city to avoid paying city taxes.
* $1.5 billion of YOUR tax dollars to provide welfare, health care and food stamps for underpaid, uninsured employees.
* A $125 million jet fleet. An average worker salary well below the poverty line for a family of four. Multiple convictions for water pollution.
All while the Walton family become five of the ten richest people in America.
This film proves that almost everyone else in America gets shafted one way or another by the Bentonville Mafia - except the Bentonville Mafia. They obviously did not learn in Kindergarten to play well with others.
History has shown that companies managed in such fashion don't last forever - since executives who cannot figure out how to make a dime without resorting to this kind of mentality are simply too stupid to keep the boat afloat when those tactics no longer work.
RECOMMENDATION: If anyone's ever turned in their grave, it's surely Sam Walton. A must see film for any true citizen of America.
August 13, 2010
Walmart is disgustingly immoral, but we already knew that, right? Hence this is boring and annoyingly heavy handed.
July 12, 2010
Solid documentary with valid points of the corporate world and treatment of workers. But I have to ask, is Walmart any different than any other large corporation?
December 7, 2009
I wasnt completely in the dark about Wal-Mart's practices but I had no idea the depth of them. It is ridiculous to give WM a tax break or a subsidy for anything. They are a billion dollar corporation...they can afford to build without having tax payers foot the bill.
I was the most disgusted wth the Walton family. You would think as much money they have they would be more philanthropic but theyre not. You would think they would at least pay their employee's a living wage but they dont. You would think they would give them decent healthcare but they dont. Instead men and women who work full time at WM(WM considers 28 hours a week full time. Most company's consider 40 hours a week full time)are on food stamps, medicaid and medicare. WM actually ENCOURAGES their employees to go on government assistance!
I hope as many people as possible watch this and stop the Walton family from opening other WM's.
June 30, 2009
It goes to show how much Wal-Mart really cares about its people, nature and people over seas. And not to forget how they kill small towns.
June 28, 2009
Wal-Mart's evil and that's well and good but the doc just isn't set up in any kind of interesting or organized fashion. It's the antithesis of Wal-Mart's press -- I found myself getting bored very often.
June 20, 2009
Just saw this,it came by recommendation of my good buddy Leslie.I really don't even know where to start with this.I am utterly shocked and physically sickened at what I saw and learned about the top Richest company in America.I do believe everyone that has a Wal Mart,or a Wal Mart Supercenter in their city and town and now to every country that Wal Mart is in. ought to educate themselves on the corrupt little building where they think they are finding all their supposed "deals".I am so disgusted as a mother and a consumer,I will never once set foot again into Wal Mart afetr viewing all of this.Its almost too much to take in,all the under handed ,lying and Worst of all cheating their employees out of basic rights and making their health insurance so high they cannot afford it.People kid yourselves no more those happy go lucky commercials are funded lies.Every single one of them.Their own Global manager of 9 years lost his job and did an interview because he was sickened at seeing the horrible environments that the people in the Wal Mart Chinese factories and such were enduring.They make less than $3 a DAY and work 10-14 hour days to assemble a toy that Wal mart turns around and sells for $14.99.There is so much more I could go on,and on,.People please hear me,If you do not believe me educate yourself,I feel ashamed I didn't know alot of this was going on.But if you are a Wal Mart employee,I am sure I am preaching to the choir.If you are a woman at Wal Mart please I implore to watch this I will change your entire outlook on the place you call your job.Again,this film is a wide eye opener and will make you just absolutely sick at what goes on and how the employees at all levels are treated.A MUST SEE!
February 28, 2009
I love watching documentaries that really open your eyes to the other side. And this was no exception. I was shocked at some of the things I learned. But mainly it makes you realize how we can look the other way when it comes to corporate wrong doing if it means we can get cheap goods. At the end of the film you are forced to ask youself Will I stop shopping at WalMart?