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Rogue Trader (1999)

 -  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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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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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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25 June 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£269,871 (UK) (25 June 1999)

Gross:

£969,565 (UK) (30 July 1999)
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In the end, Nick's plane lands in Frankfurt, Germany. However, the police cars have license plates from Munich ("F" vs. "M"). See more »

Quotes

[Nick is sitting in a cafe with his Asian recruits who are going to assist him on the trading floor and back office]
Nick Leeson: [voiceover] My team were young, they were hungry, and they didn't have a clue.
[to the others]
Nick Leeson: A futures contract is an agreement to buy or sell a specified amount of a commodity at a specified price at a future date.
[they look at him blankly]
Nick Leeson: Alright, um... It's like if I agree to sell you this cup of cappuccino, which I don't yet own, at 45 cents a month from now, if I can buy the...
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Interesting story!
19 February 2000 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

I found Rogue Trader to be a highly entertaining point of view regarding the Barings bank disaster of the mid 90's, from Nick Leeson himself. I once said, "I'm not crazy to see movies that I know the ending". However, I had to start eating my words after TITANIC. Now, I can add this to the list. Barings was the financial equivalent of the "unsinkable ship" and just like TITANIC, I was on the edge of my seat when the unthinkable was finally realized. A must see, minus heroes.


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