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Margin Call (2011)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  29 September 2011 (Germany)
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Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the financial crisis.



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A respected financial company is downsizing and one of the victims is the risk management division head, who was working on a major analysis just when he was let go. His protégé completes the study late into the night and then frantically calls his colleagues in about the company's financial disaster he has discovered. What follows is a long night of panicked double checking and double dealing as the senior management prepare to do whatever it takes to mitigate the debacle to come even as the handful of conscientious comrades find themselves dragged along into the unethical abyss. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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Be first. Be smarter. Or cheat.


Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 September 2011 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

El precio de la codicia  »

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$561,904 (USA) (21 October 2011)


$5,354,039 (USA) (17 February 2012)

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Did You Know?


Grace Gummer, Meryl Streep's third child and an actress herself, was set to appear in a scene in which she played Zachary Quinto's ex girlfriend. Due to what the director and producer called "poor directorial work" during the shoot, the scene was cut off the film. It can be seen, however, in the "Deleted Scenes" section of the DVD. See more »


Eric Dale - upon termination, his phone is deactivated but he still has the phone so he can look up phone numbers\texts\pictures still on the phone. See more »


[first lines]
Seth Bregman: Just like that? Jesus Christ! Are they going to do it right here?
Will Emerson: You guys ever been through this before?
Seth Bregman: No.
Will Emerson: It's best to keep your head down and ignore it. Keep your head down and go back to work.
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Will Wilder is credited twice as Parking Coordinator in the end credits. See more »


References Batman (1966) See more »


Performed by Matthew Houck (as Phosphorescent)
Written by Matthew Houck
Courtesy of Dead Oceans
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Fantastic film, but not for everyone.
23 October 2011 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

It's difficult to review Margin Call. Those of us who were close to the events of 2008 will find something personal in the story-telling. Others may see it as more examples of greed and hubris. In any case, the following observations apply to both groups.

The performances are top notch. Everyone from Zachary Quinto to Demi Moore brings their A-game. Even supporting characters are oddly fleshed out for a film with such an ensemble cast. Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany give the performances of their careers, I think. Only the Jeremy Irons character (John Tuld, aka Dick Fuld) feels a bit over the top, while the rest are truly believable well-rounded depictions.

Despite having good characters and amazing cinematography, the film lacks plot. The backdrop and setting are tense, but this doesn't feel like a "movie" in the traditional sense. There's no evolution of characters, no arcs, and the ending may leave some wanting. You can compare it to Michael Mann films where plot and pace are unconventional.

Not sure how the film will perform commercially, given the material is esoteric. If you're a film buff (and enjoy great performances) or you've been in finance, this is a must-see. Other may likely pass.

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