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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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2010 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »


The building that the movie takes place in is 1 Penn Plaza. When Sam and Peter are outside talking while Sam smokes, they are on 33rd Street. They are then seen coming up the escalator to the building, but there isn't an escalator from the street. Even if they somehow went downstairs, the escalator they are on is from the LIRR Concourse on the 34th Street side of the building. 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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Crazy Credits

Several names are listed as the "Jeremy Irons Visa Miracle Team" who were able to get Irons into the US to film his scenes in New York City. See more »


Referenced in Final de partida: Los premios Óscar (2012) See more »


Prelude, Op. 28, No. 15
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as Frederic Chopin)
Performed by Violetta Zambetti
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User Reviews

Great insight into the fall of Wall Street
13 October 2011 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

This film was a great follow up to Inside Job, which described the big picture and background of the 2008 fall of the investment industry. Margin Call zooms in on the workings and the actual down and dirty business of one of the main (but unnamed) brokerage houses. This film captured our attention and interest, while heightening our "concerns" over the reality portrayed. The agony and defeat of the hard working, loyal employees was displayed in their faces and body language, lending to our empathy for the staff being "used", while abhorring the situation. The twenty four hour workplace dilemma is told and carried out realistically, with time flying for the totally engaged viewer.

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