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Rogue Trader (1999)

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 ...
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 ...
Trader #1


Ambitious, wide-eyed 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 ... Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Release Date:

25 June 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Vild satsning  »

Box Office


$12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£269,871 (UK) (25 June 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


After David Frost interviewed Nick Leeson in prison, he realized the potential for this movie and optioned the rights to the story. See more »


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 »


George Seow: [pulls up in a new red Porsche 911 convertible] Get in, you bastard!
Nick Leeson: [laughing] What the fuck is that?
George Seow: Sex on wheels. It's a Porsche, moron! Get in!
Nick Leeson: [getting in] I'll tell you what it is, it's disgusting.
George Seow: I'll tell you what it is, it's a great big hard-on.
[he speeds off]
George Seow: Gotta think of something to do with my bonus!
Nick Leeson: Well, you keep your eyes on the road, you flash git!
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I enjoyed it
30 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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