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Towards the end of the movie, in a scene where various newspapers were shown documenting the search for Leeson, a Chinese newspaper's caption for Leeson's picture actually reads "(Chinese Premier) Zhu Rongji Happily Meets (UK Prime Minister) Tony Blair". See more »
[Unknown to his superiors, Nick has gotten very deep in debt. As he walks up to the clubhouse to have dinner with the Chief Executive of Barings Bank Peter Norris, he vomits in front of a Rolls-Royce]
[looking at his reflection in the car's grille]
Looking like shit, Nick. Looking like fucking shit, mate.
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I disagree with the other reviews here. I enjoyed the movie very much and I don't even know a bond from a stock from a box of crackers, nor did the know the story of this man and what transpired. But the movie explains a lot as its going along, and by the end, I was interested to know exactly how much he was going to get away with. Ewan is terrific as always.
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