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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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Did You Know?


The Moundsville Bridge mentioned by Stanley Tucci's character (Eric Dale) actually exists. It was completed in 1986 which would have been 22 years before the debt crash of 2008 which is the subject of this movie. See more »


Steven Spielberg's name is misspelled in the "Special Thanks" section of the closing credits. 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 Film 2015: Episode #44.2 (2015) 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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the unofficial wall street sequel
8 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

While I am a big fan of Oliver Stone and I did enjoy his second Wall Street movie, I have to admit, that this one is superior in every way. Great acting talent at hand, great (unfortunately) real story, which might be a bit heightened for obvious reasons, but still very scary if you think about the whole thing.

As stated above the actors make a big difference. They have to convey decisions and stand by things that you shouldn't normally do. But then again it's not as if this didn't happen (one way or the other). The movie also seems to have affected people since its original slated release date got pushed forward. Festival releases (where I saw it too) and the general good response made that an easy decision. Watching this should be one too ...

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