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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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1.85 : 1
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Based on Nick Leeson's 1996 book about his time at Barings Bank. See more »


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Nick Leeson: [voiceover] My team were young, they were hungry, and they didn't have a clue.
[in a cafe with his newly hired team]
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.
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Nick Leeson: All right, 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 cappuccino at say, 43 cents, I make a profit. If the price goes the other way, I have to pay more ...
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When I saw the ratings and the comments listed for this movie, I wasn't sure that this was the movie I saw last night! If you're looking for a history lesson on the fall of Synex, read a book. If you're looking for an edge of your seat thriller, with no violence at all, and hilarious breaks in the tension, this is your flic. First, Ewan McGregor is becoming one of my top actors. His portrayal of a cool-as-a-cucumber trader, even under incredible stress is delightful. You can't help but be nervous as Nick Leeson dodges bosses, controllers, and his wife. The level of the stress is clearly portrayed, and his fantasy scenes are great. The other actors are shallow, but hilarious. Enjoy this flic. I did.

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