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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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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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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

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

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In one of the club/bar scenes, Blur's "Song 2" is heard playing in the background. The events took place in 1995. "Song 2" was released in 1997. See more »

Quotes

Peter Baring: [getting off the phone] That was the Sultan of Brunei's office. They've decided not to proceed, they believe the risks are too great and the time too short in view of the need to have a rescue package in place by the time the markets open again in the Far East.
Simon Jones: Is there really no one else?
Peter Norris: We've tried everyone. It's hopeless.
Peter Baring: I therefore have to inform you that Barings is insolvent and will go into immediate liquidation.
[Peter Norris bursts into tears]
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Pleasantly surprised
21 January 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I knew almost nothing about the Barings Bank collapse and absolutely nothing about futures trading before seeing this movie. Still, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Yes, it is told from Nick Leeson's point of view, so it should probably be taken with a huge grain of salt, but it was still quite enjoyable and interesting. One of Ewan McGregor's strengths as an actor is his ability to make the audience root for his somewhat shady characters. He was wonderful in this movie. Of course, I still don't know a thing about futures trading.


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