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Margin Call (2011)

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Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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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.


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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29 September 2011 (Germany)  »

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El precio de la codicia  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$5,354,039 (USA) (17 February 2012)
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J.C. Chandor said that he wrote the script for the story he had been carrying around in his head for about a 'year-and-a-half' in just four days, filling time between job interviews in Boulder, Colorado. See more »

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Steven Spielberg's name is misspelled in the "Special Thanks" section of the closing credits. See more »

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[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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Steven Spielberg appears in the "Special Thanks" in the end credits but misspelled as "Steven Speilberg" on theatrical prints. See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.13 (2011) See more »

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"Margin Call" is Well Acted with a Tense Tone
30 June 2011 | by (Boston, United States) – See all my reviews

If you want to witness an acting clinic put on by an incredibly talented ensemble cast, look no further than J.C. Chandor's take on the beginnings of the 2008 financial crisis. The film follows an unnamed firm, which awakens to the reality of the economic catastrophe that was to come. The tense emotion of the situation was held steady by the ensemble throughout the film. Bettany, Quinto, and Badgley, all turned in superb performances, but it was Tucci, Spacey, and Irons that stood out as excellent. It was witnessing the brink of a tragedy that draws parallels to the 2006 film, "Flight 93" (minus the deep heartbreak "93" leaves us with). For "Margin Call", the storyline and setting may be repetitive but not enough to let you sit back and zone out.


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