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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Nick Leeson
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Lisa Leeson
Yves Beneyton ...
Pierre Beaumarchais
Betsy Brantley ...
Brenda Granger
Caroline Langrishe ...
Ash Lewis
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Ron Baker
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Tony Hawes
Irene Ng ...
Bonnie Lee
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Danny Argyropoulos
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Peter Norris
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Peter Baring
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Simon Jones
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George Seow
Daniel York ...
Henry Tan
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Danny Argyropoulos ...
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Storyline

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 <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Release Date:

25 June 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Vild satsning  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£269,871 (UK) (25 June 1999)

Gross:

£969,565 (UK) (30 July 1999)
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Trivia

Nick Leeson was reported to have taken a share of the £7million that the film made worldwide. See more »

Goofs

When Nick faxes the forged documents to the auditor, the header on the fax is dated February 5, 1995. A few days later, a devastating earthquake rocks Kobe, Japan. The Kobe earthquake actually happened a few weeks earlier, on 17 January 1995. See more »

Quotes

[Nick and Lisa are fleeing Asia on a flight to Frankfurt]
Nick Leeson: Did you say we stop at Abu Dhabi?
Lisa Leeson: Yeah.
Nick Leeson: That's where they cut your hands off.
Lisa Leeson: Oh, don't be ridiculous. They'd just stone you.
[they start laughing hysterically]
Nick Leeson: Poor old Barings, eh? That's what you get for hiring the wrong sort of person.
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Song 2
Written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree, Alex James
Performed by Blur
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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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