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Arbitrage (2012)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  14 September 2012 (USA)
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A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.


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Robert Miller is a successful financial businessman with a loving wife and a smart daughter ready to take over the family business. Professional secrets involving illegal fraudulent activities start coming out at the same time that Robert's personal secrets take a turn for the worse and threaten to derail everything he has achieved. Written by napierslogs

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Rated R for language, brief violent images and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 September 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mentiras mortales  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,002,165 (USA) (14 September 2012)


$7,918,283 (USA) (11 January 2013)

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1.85 : 1
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Maria Bartiromo: Is that what's happening now?
Robert Miller: When I was a kid, my favorite teacher was Mr. James. Mr. James said world events all ...
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A bit simplistic, but nevertheless a good movie
14 October 2012 | by (Berry, Australia) – See all my reviews

I read an interview with Richard Gere about this movie and saw that Susan Sarandon was in the same movie too and thought, "This has to be a good one..." It is OK, but its definitely not great. There is a lot of dramatic tension, but it seems like the script was dumbed down for the Hollywood mass market. Totally understand the rationale of the approach, but I think that, as a result, the movie fell short of being compelling.

When the English do this kind of movie, or the Europeans, what you get is dark tragic theatre. When the Americans try to do it, I think that they end up doing too much test marketing and as a result the movie suffers.

With the really serious depth of talent in the cast, you would have to think that there was much more that could have been put on the screen (and may have been on the cutting room floor for all I know).

There is one redeeming feature though. This movie does reveal a darkness, and offers a comment on the culture of today, of capitalism, of markets, of law etc... It doesn't pull any punches in that regard and that is a really good thing!

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