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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 ('Stanley Tucci') makes a mathematical error when he talks about how much time is saved by people using the bridge he built. He says 559,020 days are saved, but the correct number is 5,590,200. 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

Will Wilder is credited twice as Parking Coordinator in the end credits. See more »


Featured in The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) 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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User Reviews

Really good. Go see it.
24 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this at New Directors festival in NYC and really enjoyed and was engrossed in this film. A great cast with splendid performances. The film is very intense and although it is about a company involved in the financial meltdown of 2008, it really is about much more. I particularly liked the way the film depicts the frightening absolute and ruthless power of the corporation over the lives of people that work there as well as the implications and ripples for everyone else.How those people get sucked in to the embrace, security and pleasures of what the corporations have to offer and the consequences and vulnerabilities of those choices.The freedom and comforts that we cherish here in twenty first century USA are not as secure as we might think. Don't want to say much more, other than that "Margin Call" is very involving and in the end affecting and thought provoking.It packs a powerful punch.

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