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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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Brian Cruver
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Courtney
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Jeff Skilling
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Allen Flemming
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Steve Ratzlaff ...
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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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Brian Cruver: Not only am I drowning in debt and all of my savings are gone, all six credit cards are maxed out, and the only thing I have to show for it is a hole in my resume and stockholders that don't amount to a roll of toilet paper, single ply.
Duffy: Oh, that's nothing. I gave up a great job in San Francisco, I move my family half-way across the country, I just closed on this hugely expensive house, and we all hate Houston!
Liz Perry: I got you both beat. Yeah, my savings are gone and, yeah, I've got the expensive new ...
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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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