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Rogue Trader (1999)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, History  |  25 June 1999 (UK)
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The story of Nick Leeson, an ambitious investment broker who singlehandedly bankrupted one of the oldest and most important banks in Britain.



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Complete credited cast:
Nick Leeson
Lisa Leeson
Yves Beneyton ...
Pierre Beaumarchais
Betsy Brantley ...
Brenda Granger
Caroline Langrishe ...
Ash Lewis
Ron Baker
Tony Hawes
Irene Ng ...
Bonnie Lee
Danny Argyropoulos
Peter Norris
Peter Baring
Simon Jones
George Seow
Daniel York ...
Henry Tan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danny Argyropoulos ...
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Ambitious, wide-boy Nick Leeson is determined to rise in the world and be more than a simple bank clerk. When his employers, Barings Bank, offer him the opportunity to go to Jakarta to sort out a problem that nobody else wants, he seizes the opportunity with both hands. In Jakarta he meets and marries Lisa and together they go to Singapore when the bank offers him the job of setting up their future options trading operation. To save money the bank allows Nick to operate both the floor trading and the back office facilities and force him to employ cheap, unskilled staff. His first year of trading is a big success and he makes large profits for the bank even though he has illegally broken trading rules and secretly covered up losses. Given more freedom, even more money and continuing unchecked, Nick starts to make losses and again attempts to trade out of them but this time he comes unstuck as his illegal trading generates even bigger losses. After the death of his unborn child Nick ... Written by Mark Smith <>

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Release Date:

25 June 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Vild satsning  »

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Box Office


$12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£269,871 (UK) (25 June 1999)


£969,565 (UK) (30 July 1999)

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Acting, not budget
4 December 1999 | by (Kenora, Ontario) – See all my reviews

We were impressed at the quality of acting in this relatively low budget film. Rather than special effects and technical events, this movie very successfully brings you into Nick Leeson's world. It is certainly not an apology for Mr. Leeson, Ewan McGregor very effectively and subtly captures the drivenness that envelopes Mr. Leeson and, of course, undoes him and the bank. This movie brought us into a world that we knew little of, and helped us understand it from the inside out.

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