MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 652 this week

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary  |  20 May 2005 (USA)
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 10,489 users  
Reviews: 33 user | 45 critic

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director:

Writers:

, (book), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 19 Apr 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 01 Oct 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 31 Jan 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 18 Feb 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Alex Gibney, Terry Kohut, Gary Smith
Documentary | Crime | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Julian Assange, Adrian Lamo, John 'FuzzFace' McMahon
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Jack Abramoff, Tom DeLay, William Branner
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Eliot Spitzer, Michael Schwendeman, Kim Allen
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country.

Director: Charles Ferguson
Stars: Campbell Scott, Gerald Burke, Ali Fadhil
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott
Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora
Inside Job (2010)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson
Stars: Matt Damon, William Ackman, Daniel Alpert
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Lance Armstrong, Reed Albergotti, Betsy Andreu
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Chronicles fundamentalist Islam's rise to power and explores Wright's struggle to maintain his objectivity as a journalist writing about Islamic terror.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Lawrence Wright
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An in-depth look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Lawrence Wright, Mike Rinder, Marty Rathbun
Too Big to Fail (TV Movie 2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Chronicles the financial meltdown of 2008 and centers on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: James Woods, John Heard, William Hurt
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
John Beard ...
Himself - Former Enron Accountant
Tim Belden ...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Herself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
Jim Chanos ...
Himself - President, Kynikos Associates
Dick Cheney ...
Himself
...
Himself (archive footage)
Carol Coale ...
Herself - Ex-Stock Analyst, Prudential Securities
...
Narrator
...
Himself - Former Governor of California
Reggie Dees II ...
Himself - Young man the stripper dances in front of (as Reggie Deets II)
Joseph Dunn ...
Himself - California State Senator
Max Eberts ...
Himself - Former Spokesman, Enron Energy Services
Peter Elkind ...
Himself - Co-Author, 'The Smartest Guys in the Room'
Andrew Fastow ...
Himself (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

Enron dives from the seventh largest US company to bankruptcy in less than a year in this tale told chronologically. The emphasis is on human drama, from suicide to 20,000 people sacked: the personalities of Ken Lay (with Falwellesque rectitude), Jeff Skilling (he of big ideas), Lou Pai (gone with $250 M), and Andy Fastow (the dark prince) dominate. Along the way, we watch Enron game California's deregulated electricity market, get a free pass from Arthur Andersen (which okays the dubious mark-to-market accounting), use greed to manipulate banks and brokerages (Merrill Lynch fires the analyst who questions Enron's rise), and hear from both Presidents Bush what great guys these are. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's just business. See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Magic  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Among the protesters who disrupt the meeting with Jeff Skilling at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club is Marla Ruzicka, who was killed on 16 April 2005 in Iraq by a suicide bomber. She founded CIVIC (Campaign for Innocent Victims of Conflict) which worked to help the victims of the war in Iraq and she was a former Global Exchange activist. See more »

Quotes

Kenneth Lay: [Q&A session with employees] All right, we are down to questions. And I got a few up here.
[reads question from the floor]
Kenneth Lay: 'I would like to know if you are on crack, if so that would explain a lot. If not, you may want to start because it's going to be a long time before we trust you again.'
See more »

Connections

Features It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Temptation
Written by Tom Waits
Jalma Music
Performed by Tom Waits
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Holy Cow! You don't have to be the smartest guy to understand this.
24 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK. I remember when this came out, I thought that business stuff is not my forte, and so I never bothered to watch it. But tonight my boyfriend was watching it on PBS, and the filmmakers and people being interviewed totally make it understandable. And I am totally appalled. It boggles my head that these people, not just Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, but also just the common traders on the floor, were so scarily insane and greedy. Some of the clips of traders talking on the floor or phones about events in California, etc., were the scariest and (I know I said it before, but...) appalling! I highly recommend this film. I feel terribly sorry for all of those people who got caught up in the maelstrom. Somehow, I find this documentary about corporate finance gone bad creepier than any horror film... cause it is real!


32 of 48 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lu Pi davidwarfel
So what about 'Blondie' ? tomboston191
Ask why, *#$hole bizerta
Philip Glass's 'Einstein on the Beach' . . . honkerdude
Were any of the Power Utilities Prosecuted murray_johnc
White Collar Prison bigdan7885

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?