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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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This was writer/director J.C. Chandor's first feature-length film. 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

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 »


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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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