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Canadian Bacon (1995)




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This political comedy pokes fun at the relationship between Canada and the U.S. The trouble begins when the President, bored by the lack of international rivalries and worried about his political standing, uses a cross-border hockey game incident as the impetus for an incident with Canada.more
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Moore
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment


Alan Alda
as President of the U.S...
John Candy
as Sheriff Bud Boomer
Rhea Perlman
as Deputy Honey
Kevin Pollak
as Stuart Smiley
Rip Torn
as Gen. Dick Panzer
Bill Nunn
as Kabral Jabar
G.D. Spradlin
as R.J. Hacker
Steven Wright
as Niagara Mountie
James Belushi
as Charles Jackal
Stanley Anderson
as Edwin S. Simon
Wallace Shawn
as Canadian Prime Minis...
Richard Council
as Russian President
Michael Copeman
as Panzer's Aide
Bruce Hunter
as President's Aide
Beth Amos
as Ruthie
Kenner Ames
as Mountie Sergeant
Roger Dunn
as Mountie Major
Natalie Rose
as Toronto Kid
Michael Woods
as State Trooper No. 1
Matt Cooke
as State Trooper No. 2
Sheila Gray
as Hacker Hellstorm
Dan Aykroyd
as Highway Patrolman (u...
Tara Meyer
as Candy Striper No. 1
Fab Filippo
as Candy Striper No. 2
Carlton Watson
as Clarence Thomason
Stan Coles
as Secretary of State
Adrian Hough
as Russian Aide
Bryan Armstrong
as Auctioneer
Kelsey Binder Moore
as Ice Cream Girl No. 1
Leah Binder Moore
as Ice Cream Girl No. 2
Wally Bolland
as Special Ops Soldier
Marcos Parilo
as Omega Force Leader
Ben Hamper
as Redneck Guy No. 1
Michael Moore
as Redneck, Redneck Guy...
Linda Genovesi
as Polite Canadian Woma...
Dana Brooks
as Paulette Kalin
Sheila Gray
as Hacker Hellstorm
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Critic Reviews for Canadian Bacon

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

The best thing you can say about this scattershot political satire is that the late John Candy's next-to-last picture is relatively funnier and less depressing than his valedictory Wagons East.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Canadian Bacon

Michael Moore's comedy may not be for everyone as evidenced by the disparity of reviews here ... but I laughed throughout. The jokes may not be huge, certainly not as big as the egos of the countries it lampoons, but there was a undercurrent of truth in the gags that'll keep 'em in yer head long after you see it.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Very clever and very amusing comedy staring yet not centred around John Candy, this is more of a vehicle for many good character actors including Alan Alda, Rip Torn, Dan Aykroyd, Kevin Pollak and G.D. Spradlin.

The US President is losing in the approval ratings so on advice from his yes men he invents a war between the US and Canada, that is the plot and its brilliant. Michael Moore writes, directs and cameos in his film which is far better than you would think despite it vanishing into obscurity after release.

A minor political satire mixed with black comedy and outright stupidity added with some great performances which really send up the US government, Alda and Torn in the war room together are brilliant, there is also quite abit of influence here from other classic films. One such scene where Dan Aykroyd as a Canadian policeman pulls Candy over in his truck pointing out that the graffiti on the side of his truck must be in French as well as English for all French speaking Canadians which bares a very close similarity to the classic scene in 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' where the Roman centurion orders Brian to spell check his graffiti he had scrawled all over the Roman walls.

Great little gem :)

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Canadian Bacon is a very underrated comedy. Directed by documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, Canadian Bacon tells the story of an unpopular U.S President trying to gain popularity in the polls by trying to start a new cold war with Canada! As a Canadian I found this to be a very funny film filled with the usual stereotypes. Michael Moore's script is witty and original. The cast headed by John Candy (in his last role) are all terrific. Each bring something to the screen which makes Canadian Bacon an above average comedy. This is a very clever comedy with political overtones and it works. John Candy is terrific in last performance. I though he brought on big laughs here as a dimwitted American Sheriff. The only thing that really sucks about this film is that it's Candy's last. Canadian Bacon is an original comedy with plenty of laughs that shouldn't be overlooked. Unfortunately it has, and it unfair because Canadian Bacon despite not being a flawless film is really a lot of fun to watch. If you're Canadian like me, you'll understand it's humour a lot more. Most people that this film a bad review seem to miss the point of this entirely. Oh well. Canadian Bacon is a well written, acted and surprisingly accomplished film by Michael Moore. The film may not appeal to everyone, but to those who enjoy such humour, you're in for a treat. This film is a definite comedy classic (for me at least).

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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