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Inside Job (2010)

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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

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Himself - Narrator (voice)
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Himself - Professor of Economics, University of Iceland
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Himself - Writer & Filmmaker
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Herself - Special Investigative Committee, Icelandic Parliament
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Himself - Former Federal Reserve Chairman
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Himself - Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
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Himself - Chairman, Soros Fund Management
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Himself - Chairman, Financial Services Committee
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Himself - Under Secretary of the Treasury, Bush Administration
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Himself - Chief Lobbyist, Financial Services Roundtable
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Himself - Chief Adviser, China Banking Regulatory Commission
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Himself - Prime Minister, Singapore
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Herself - Finance Minister, France
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Herself - U.S. Managing Editor, The Financial Times
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Himself - Professor, NYU Business School
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'Inside Job' provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China. Written by Anonymous

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The film that cost $20,000,000,000,000 to make See more »

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Documentary | Crime

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Rated PG-13 for some drug and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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12 November 2010 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,649 (USA) (8 October 2010)

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$4,311,834 (USA) (29 April 2011)
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On being interviewed about this film, Henry Rollins likened Charles Ferguson's interviewing technique to "tightening the screws little by little until the interviewee starts to say "Ow.....ow.....ow and then, Stop the camera!" See more »

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The first time Paul Volcker's last name is shown it is written "Vocker". See more »

Quotes

Willem Buiter: Why do you have big banks? Well, because banks like monopoly power; because banks like lobbying power; because, banks know that when they're too big, they will be bailed.
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References Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer (2005) See more »

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19 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ferguson has used the ambush interview popularized by CBS' 60 Minutes to grill both the guilty and the extremely guilty in a way that commercial television will never do for fear of offending its sponsors. The Keiser Report on Russia Today is the only exception.

The film starts with the collapse of the Icelandic banks, although the banking crisis began with Public Service Announcements on talk radio pushing loans for minorities. The banks -- many of them local -- feared congressional investigation coupled with potential charges of dreaded racism, so they arranged loan packages that enabled the marginally qualified to purchase houses. The local banks unloaded the mortgages as has become the norm in the industry. You can forget about such quaint notions as the Bailey Building and Loan anymore. This bubble began in 2006, but the Iceland saga was later in 2008.

YouTube has been showing a satire on the subprime crisis by John Bird and John Fortune that has aired since January 2008 which summarizes this film in 8 minutes. But, this film gets to the root of the problem by mercilessly grilling the shysters. Elliot Spitzer got air time, but even he caught the stinging end of the lash from the producer. Apparently, the vanity of of the players left most of them unprepared. The only drawback to Inside Job is the extensive face-time given to the smarmy George Soros -- the mastermind behind global financial speculation.


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