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James Dearden (writer)
Nick Leeson (autobiography)
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25 June 1999 (Ireland) See more »
Money isn't for greedy people See more »
The story of Nick Leeson, an ambitious investment broker who singlehandedly bankrupted one of the oldest and most important banks in Britain. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Ewan McGregor ... Nick Leeson

Anna Friel ... Lisa Leeson
Yves Beneyton ... Pierre Beaumarchais
Betsy Brantley ... Brenda Granger

Caroline Langrishe ... Ash Lewis

Nigel Lindsay ... Ron Baker

Tim McInnerny ... Tony Hawes
Irene Ng ... Bonnie Lee

Lee Ross ... Danny Argyropoulos

Simon Shepherd ... Peter Norris

John Standing ... Peter Baring

Pip Torrens ... Simon Jones

Tom Wu ... George Seow
Daniel York ... Henry Tan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danny Argyropoulos ... Trader #1
Guy Boardman ... Trader #4
Cecil Chang ... Old Custodian
Gerald Chew ... Doctor

Joanna David ... Mrs. Peter Baring

Alexis Denisof ... Fernando Gueller
Sharon Duce ... Patsy Sims
David Fahm ... Boyfriend in Pub
Michael Garner ... Alec Sims

Mark Heenehan ... CNN Reporter
Ivan Heng ... Singapore Bartender
Gaurav Kripalani ... Aloysius

Michelle Lee ... Susi (as Sarah Liew)
Peter Sakon Lee ... Trader #2
Rob Lemming ... Trader #3 (as Rob 'Ches' Lemming)

Jennifer Lim ... Kim Wong
Karen Lim ... Singapore Letting Agent
Kay Siu Lim ... Policeman (as Lim Kay Siu)
Lorna Pegler ... Girlfriend in Pub
Peter Quince ... Nick's Father

Cristian Solimeno ... Steve (as Christian Solimeno)
Douglas Stark ... Vicar
Selena Tan ... Wei Wei (as Selina Tan)
Richard Wood ... German Policeman
Marina Batchelor ... Shopper (uncredited)
Ian Boo Khoo ... Trader (uncredited)

Genevieve Lee ... Jenn (uncredited)
Tim Packham ... Barings Bank dinner guest (uncredited)
Moses Rockman ... Swiss Bank Trader (uncredited)
Chris R. Wright ... Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
James Dearden 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Dearden  writer
Nick Leeson  autobiography
Edward Whitley  book "Rogue Trader: How I Brought Down Barings Bank and Shook the Financial World"

Produced by
Christopher Ball .... executive producer
Claire Chapman .... executive producer
Pippa Cross .... executive producer
Janette Day .... producer
James Dearden .... producer
John Florescu .... executive producer
David Frost .... executive producer
Paul Raphael .... producer
William Tyrer .... executive producer
Alan J. Wands .... line producer
Original Music by
Richard Hartley 
Cinematography by
Jean-François Robin 
Film Editing by
Catherine Creed 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
Alan MacDonald 
Art Direction by
Paul Ghirardani 
Christina Moore 
Costume Design by
Rachael Fleming 
Makeup Department
Noor Hawa .... makeup assistant
Alex King .... makeup assistant
Jacquetta Levon .... hair designer
Jacquetta Levon .... makeup designer
Donald McInnes .... additional makeup artist
Donald McInnes .... hair stylist
Production Management
Magen Appathurai .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cindy Heng .... third assistant director
Max Keene .... first assistant director
Danny McGrath .... third assistant director
Mahathir Tahir .... third assistant director
Jon Williams .... second assistant director
Art Department
George Ball .... property master
Nancy Bridgewater .... art department runner
Stan Cook .... prop storeman
Hugh Fottrell .... dressing props
Bobby Gee .... stand-by painter
Philippa Hart .... production buyer
Guy Hunt .... stand-by construction
Colin Hutton .... carpenter
Piero Jamieson .... stand-by props
Su Johari .... props assistant
Clifford Lay .... carpenter
Toby Longin .... carpenter
Mark McNeil .... dressing props
Nick Milner .... stand-by props
Eddie Murphy .... carpenter
Harriet Orman .... assistant buyer
Martin Payne .... carpenter
Simon Phang .... art director's assistant
Brian Pickett .... stand-by rigger
Antoine Robin .... construction chargehand
Danny Rogers .... graphic designer/sign designer
John Rushbrook .... carpenter
Lee Sandales .... art department assistant
Thomasina Smith .... scenic artist
Thomasina Smith .... storyboard artist
Tom Wales .... stand-by art director
Sound Department
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist
Kevin Brazier .... digital sound editor
Rick Dunford .... adr editor
John Fewell .... foley artist
Jim Greenhorn .... sound mixer
Stephen Griffiths .... digital sound editor
Dave Humphries .... dubbing mixer (as David Humphries)
Steve Mayer .... boom operator
Alan Sallabank .... dubbing mixer
Kallis Shamaris .... adr editor
Trevor Swanscott .... foley mixer
Robert Thompson .... assistant dubbing mixer
Visual Effects by
Rob Dickinson .... visual effects
Mark Anthony Newman .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Alcock .... electrician
Azhar Alif .... grip: Malaysia
Bill Astin .... electrician
Paul Chedlow .... still photographer
Kevin Edland .... best boy
Kurt Elwell .... electrician
Simon Finney .... focus puller
John Higgins .... gaffer
Iain Johnstone .... grip
Wong Chun Leong .... clapper loader: Malaysia
David McDowall .... camera trainee
Dan McMullan .... electrician
Zac Nicholson .... clapper loader
Mutal Selvam .... grip: Malaysia
Amarjit 'Boy' Singh .... key grip: Malaysia
Jamie Summers .... second unit
Roger Tooley .... Steadicam operator
Tony Wilcock .... gaffer: additional photography
Peter Yap .... generator operator: Singapore
Casting Department
Gaurav Kripalani .... local casting: Singapore
Christina Thomas .... casting assistant: Malaysia
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Beale .... costume assistant
Steven Noble .... co-costume designer
Steven Noble .... wardrobe supervisor (as Stephen Noble)
Kate Towns .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Martin Corbett .... first assistant editor
Sophie Lane Fox .... post-production assistant
Jo Harland .... assistant editor
Christian Wheeler .... assistant editor
Sylvia Wheeler .... negative cutter
Location Management
Ramesh Appathurai .... location manager: Malaysia
Bill Darby .... location manager
Joe Gibson .... location assistant
Jonathan Hook .... location assistant
Jay Jay Hooke .... location assistant
Joseph Jay .... assistant location manager
Joseph Jayawardena .... assistant location manager
Sarah MacKenna .... location assistant: Singapore
Ramesh Raj .... location assistant: Malaysia
Music Department
Phil Chapman .... music mixer
Iain Jones .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Firdaus Francis .... transportation captain: Malaysia
Jon Maskell .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Peter Bramwell .... floor runner
Jas Brown .... catering assistant
Paul Cadiou .... production accountant
Ira Carissa .... production assistant: Malaysia
Jasmine Charley .... production coordinator: Singapore
Rhiannon Cousins .... utility runner
Laura Evans .... assistant to producer
Harry C. Garces .... craft service: Malaysia
Joe Geary .... floor runner
Ariff Hamzah .... production coordinator: Malaysia
Emma James .... production coordinator
Jemma Kearney .... assistant: James Dearden
Lisa-Kim Ling Kuan .... assistant accountant
Adam Lock .... utility runner
Peter Orange .... production runner
Roger Phillips .... title designer
Julie Robinson .... script supervisor
Bill Shephard .... head of production
Amie Stamp .... production assistant
Ed Stoppard .... production runner
Allison Thumboo .... craft service: Singapore

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Also Known As:
"Money Trader" - Japan (English title)
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101 min
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Did You Know?

Nick Leeson was reported to have taken a share of the £7million that the film made worldwide.See more »
Factual errors: On the trading-floor, the hand-signals bear no relation to the ones used by real traders, and caused much amusement in stock-exchanges around the world.See more »
[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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33 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
6 bid on just 10 lots., 19 April 2000
Author: Stewart Borovini ( from Perth, Western Australia

Any film dealing with a largely technical business such as the derivatives industry is going to be caught between a rock and a hard place before it even gets going; on the one hand, if the film-makers spend too much time explaining the complexities of the market, they will bore those in the know and probably send everyone else to sleep too, whereas if they don't indicate what's going on then they risk limiting their audience to only those with direct experience of trading. There can be no drama if the majority of viewers don't actually realise what's happening.

"Rogue Trader" then, for it's many flaws, is at least partially successful, because it makes clear the central principles of what Leeson was doing - making a double bet on the market going only in one direction. Having worked on London's futures exchange, I can't really be objective. I laughed out loud many times at the actors' and extras' bad hand-signals, the unrealistic dialogue in relation to price and size etc. "Real" market-speak often takes for granted that both parties understand alot more than needs to be said, thus leaves alot out. But of course that makes for bad cinema, so one can't grumble too much.

The cast is generally pretty good, McGregor acting his socks off as always. The main problem is that the script and direction are, from the get-go, just totally OBVIOUS. By this I mean that no visual or audio cliché is left unused. For example, every Barings office in London seems to have a plum view of St. Paul's Cathedral, just in case we forget where they are. And if these scenes can be accompanied by some chamber music, to remind us of the history and upperclass pedigree, then they will be. The reckless young traders, by contrast, are followed around by a largely anachronistic soundtrack of dance music and Britpop. When Leeson arrives in Asia for the first time, we hear Kula Shaker! Please! Perhaps a different, less conventional style of direction might have improved matters...

It's interesting that many people have commented along the lines of "Leeson only does what I'd do in that situation, trying to make things better". Since it's based on his book, the film unsurprisingly tries to make Leeson look... well, if not good, exactly, then at least not like a total idiot. I can't sympathize entirely, because "NEVER double up" and "a small loser is better than a blow out" are amongst the first things you learn down there. But even if only one tenth of all this is true, it's still truly stunning that Barings London didn't know what was going on, and accepted his story unchecked for so long... If they were that incompetent, they deserved to go bust.

Ultimately, "Rogue Trader" is neither a great movie nor a terrible one. As far as finance-films go, it rises majestically above the plain awfulness of "Dealers" or "Limit Up", but is still less informative than what is still the best market movie, "Trading Places". But who knows, maybe "I have just lost 50 million quid!" will enter traders' vocabulary in a few years, just as "Turn those machines back on!" already has. As a film, it's an entertaining diversion, and an interesting footnote to the headlines.


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