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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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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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John Tuld (Jeremy Irons) was originally offered to Sir Ben Kingsley, but due to other projects, he couldn't play the role. Billy Crudup and Tim Robbins were also interested in taking parts, but had to refuse, due to other obligations. See more »

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When Will, Peter and Seth are eating breakfast an edition of 'The Economist' can be seen on Will's desk from the week of September 20th 2008 entitled 'What's next?' referring to the financial crisis. However Peter is then seen reading an edition of 'The Economist' from the week April 26th 2008 entitled 'The rise of the Gulf'. See more »

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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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An acting showcase that runs a little thin.
22 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a film that is sure to get some comparisons to Glengarry Glen Ross and as a deconstruction of stoic men hitting a breaking point, it does offer a similar kind of study (albeit not nearly as good) with a fantastic cast of great male actors. As it starts out, it seemed like the story was going to give some attention to the moral complexities that must have occurred with men in this position (the investment brokers on the eve of the financial crisis), but as the film progresses it turns more and more into an acting showcase with a little bit of focus on the ramifications of what they were involved in.

I feel that someone like Sorkin could have given it a lot more bite, but as it stands it still works as a fine display of some solid acting skills. Paul Bettany, despite a horrendously confusing and uneven accent, gives one of the best performances of his career. Stanley Tucci isn't in it much, but he absolutely steals every scene he has. Simon Baker and Jeremy Irons are expertly ruthless and Kevin Spacey gives us a glimpse of that talent he displayed in the '90s that has been far too absent this past decade. The film peaks too early, leaving a final act that drags quite a bit, and there's a symbolic subplot with Spacey's dog that is embarrassingly heavy-handed, but it's certainly worth watching if only for the chance to watch a great male cast do their thing.


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