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The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron (2003)

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The rise and fall of the Enron company, as seen from the perspective of employee Brian Cruver, based on his book.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Cruver
Nancy Anne Sakovich ...
Liz Perry (as Nancy Sakovich)
Amber St. Pierre (Miss April)
Greg McLainey
Mr. Blue
Jeff Skilling
Paul Christie ...
Andrew Tillman
Tom Keenan ...
Allen Flemming
Miss August
Steve Ratzlaff ...
Welling (as Steven Ratzlaff)


Brian Cruver, an ambitious 26-year-old lands a job at Enron. As he assimilates to the company's get-rich-quick mantra, spending sprees and wild corporate "gatherings" become the norm. But when Enron files for bankruptcy, Cruver discovers he's just a pawn in a failing game of corporate greed--one that made the rich richer...while the rest lost everything. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Release Date:

5 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Verdadeira História de uma Fraude  »

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Brian Cruver: [Narrating the epilogue] Others at Enron responded more... openly to the call for disclosure. Dream became reality when Playboy presented "The Women of Enron," and then, Playgirl responded with "The Men of Enron." Bickers? Well, he left Wall Street and found something a little more...
[Pictures are shown of Bickers as a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas]
Brian Cruver: secure. Duffy returned his family to San Francisco. Liz found another marketing job.
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Sad But True Story of Corporate Greed Run Wild
6 January 2003 | by (Olney, MD) – See all my reviews

The Crooked E, The Unshredded Truth About Enron, was based on the true story of an Enron employee, Brian Cruver, the ink hardly dry on his MBA when he came to work for the self-proclaimed "greatest company in the world." He starts out as a wide-eyed innocent and soon becomes seduced by "the dark side of the force," becoming arrogant, deceptive, and greedy, buying a Lexus convertible, a $700 raincoat, and planning a $60,000 wedding, much to the dismay of his down-to-earth fiancee, who eventually leaves him. But as he begins to realize just what is happening there, he quickly becomes disillusioned and, by the time the company has gone belly-up, he has regained his integrity (to the point of destroying a contract that would have badly hurt the client) and his fiancee. This, incidentally, is a departure from the book, as Cruver marries about two months into his short stay at Enron.

Christian Kane has the momentous job of playing Cruver, as he appears in every scene except for a prologue which shows him as a child with "Mr. Blue," Brian Dennehey. He also does the narration and has a brief song while driving his new Lexus. And he does it all with dash and aplomb. If this very handsome, talented young actor, whom the camera loves, is not a superstar in the next couple of years, there is something radically wrong. Tony winner Dennehey is outstanding as an employee with a sad story to tell, and Mike Farrell presents Ken Lay as either an eternal optimist or a bald-faced liar or some of both.

I hope this will eventually come out on video or DVD as it's a keeper.

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