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14 September 2012 (India) See more »
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Tagline:
Power is the best alibi.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Richard Gere ... Robert Miller

Susan Sarandon ... Ellen Miller

Tim Roth ... Det. Michael Bryer

Brit Marling ... Brooke Miller

Laetitia Casta ... Julie Côte

Nate Parker ... Jimmy Grant

Stuart Margolin ... Syd Felder

Chris Eigeman ... Gavin Briar

Graydon Carter ... James Mayfield

Bruce Altman ... Chris Vogler

Larry Pine ... Jeffrey Greenberg

Curtiss Cook ... Det. Mills

Reg E. Cathey ... Earl Monroe

Felix Solis ... A.D.A. Deferlito

Tibor Feldman ... Judge Rittenband

Austin Lysy ... Peter Miller

Monica Raymund ... Reina

Gabrielle Lazure ... Sandrine Côte

Shawn Elliott ... Flores

Sophie Curtis ... Ava Stanton
Ted Neustadt ... Ben

Maria Bartiromo ... Maria Bartiromo

David Faber ... CNBC Newscaster

Josh Pais ... John Aimes

Paul Fitzgerald ... Paul Barnes
Julian Niccolini ... Four Seasons Maitre'd

Evelina Turen ... Julie's Assistant (as Evelina Oboza)

Alyssa Sutherland ... Jeffrey's Receptionist

Paula Devicq ... Cindy

Io Bottoms ... Mae

Zack Robidas ... Tom

Betsy Aidem ... Vogler's Secretary

Sam Kitchin ... Brent
Glen Lee ... Robert's Houseman

Jennifer Lee Crowl ... Receptionist

Quinn Friedman ... Grandchild #1
Olivia Salerno ... Grandchild #2
Tyler Turen ... Grandchild #3
Michael Leif O'Brien ... Painter

Angel Picard-Ami ... Woman in Gallery

Jamie Johnson ... Julie's Suitor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Bonner ... Grand Jury Foreman
Anthony Auriemma ... Supporting (uncredited)
Jennifer Butler ... Trader (uncredited)

Julie Cavaliere ... Four Season Patron (uncredited)
Fabrizia Dal Farra ... Event coordinator (uncredited)

Marshall Factora ... Funeral Director (uncredited)

James Farley ... Gala Guest (uncredited)

Pete Fasanelli ... Bartender (uncredited)

William Friedkin ... Jeffrey (uncredited)

Darryl Reuben Hall ... Financial Trader (uncredited)

Rachel Heller ... Rachel (uncredited)
Vivian Kalinov ... Upscale Woman; Four Season's Patron (uncredited)

Alex Kruz ... Four Seasons Wealthy Patron (uncredited)

Nicole Roderick ... Friend of Julie Cote (uncredited)

Jenny Rostain ... Gala Guest (uncredited)
Lipica Shah ... Miller Capital Assistant (uncredited)

Harlan J. Strauss ... Grand Jury Foreman (uncredited)

Barbara Vincent ... Four Seasons Patron (uncredited)

Darly Wanatick ... Four Seasons guest (uncredited)

Paul Weaver ... Bar patron (uncredited)

William Henderson White ... Alex Stanton (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholas Jarecki 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nicholas Jarecki  written by

Produced by
Mohammed Al Turki .... executive producer
Maria Teresa Arida .... executive producer
Michael Bederman .... co-producer
Laura Bickford .... producer
Ron Curtis .... executive producer
Marek Gabryjelski .... co-producer
Mike Heller .... co-producer (as Michael Heller)
Justin Nappi .... producer
Anna Rozalska .... co-producer
Robert Salerno .... producer
Kevin Turen .... producer
Stanislaw Tyczynski .... executive producer
Lauren Versel .... executive producer
Lisa Wilson .... executive producer
Brian Young .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Cliff Martinez 
 
Cinematography by
Yorick Le Saux (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Douglas Crise 
 
Casting by
Laura Rosenthal 
 
Production Design by
Beth Mickle 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Ahern 
 
Set Decoration by
Carrie Stewart 
 
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi 
 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup artist: Ms. Sarandon
Leo Corey Castellano .... special makeup effects artist
LuAnn Claps .... makeup artist: Mr. Gere
LuAnn Claps .... makeup department head
Michelle Johnson .... hair stylist: Ms. Sarandan
Michael Kriston .... additional hair stylist
Pamela May .... key hair stylist
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair department head
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist: Mr. Gere
Joelle Troisi .... key makeup artist
Dalton Kutsch .... special makeup effects technician: Corey Castellano (uncredited)
Nicole Wodowski .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Michael Bederman .... unit production manager
Christie Colliopoulos .... production supervisor
Tim Pedegana .... post-production supervisor
Lukasz Poninski .... post-production studio executive: Alvernia Studios
Robert Salerno .... unit production manager
Anna Siwek .... postproduction coordinator: Alvernia Studios
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan J. Fonseca .... first assistant director (as Ivan Fonseca)
Amy Lynn .... second assistant director
Joseph Turner .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Glen Aldous .... scenic artist: journey
Matthew Amenta .... assistant property master
Michael Bruno .... on set dresser
Peter Bundrick .... key carpenter
David Cooney .... storyboard artist
Martin Eisler .... graphic designer
Glen Fjotland .... foreman construction grip
Alex Gorodetsky .... scenic charge
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator (as Richie Hebrank)
Jason Hylton .... third prop
Cole Ippoliti .... set dresser
Jessie Katz .... art department production assistant: Omaha re-shoot
Daniel R. Kersting .... art department researcher (as Daniel Kersting)
Dan-ah Kim .... assistant art director
Amy Kupferberg .... shop electrician
Michael Leather .... leadman (as Mike Leather)
Dave Major .... on-set dresser
Hala Matat .... art department intern
Michele Mayas .... camera scenic
Eugene Melvin .... set dressing foreman (as Eugene J. Melvin Jr.)
Victor Morales .... scenic artist: journey (as Victor F. Morales)
Daniel Neroda .... set dresser (as Dan Neroda)
Quang Nguyen .... scenic foreman
John Raffaele .... set dresser (as John Raffaelle)
Bridget Rafferty .... art department production assistant
Michael Riolo .... construction shop production assistant (as Mike Riolo)
Adam Scheiner .... art department intern
Courtney Schmidt .... property master
Valerie Scoppa-Misarti .... set dresser
Lee Shevett .... key construction grip
Sha-Sha Shiau .... art department coordinator
Gary Sommers .... set dresser
Stavros Stamat .... scenic industrial
Christopher Weiser .... scenic artist (as Chris Weiser)
Andrea Werner .... assistant set decorator
Linda Yablonsky .... art consultant
Madeline Austin-Kulat .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Jeni Harden .... props (uncredited)
Kevin C. Lang .... set dresser (uncredited)
Victor Littlejohn .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bryan Arenas .... dolby sound consultant
Rick Ash .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Krzysztof Bielewicz .... studio technical support and audio/visual support
Bartlomiej Bogacki .... dialogue editor
Julio Carmona .... adr recordist
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Simon Diggins .... adr recordist (as Simn Diggins)
Dan Edelstein .... adr editor
David Lee Fein .... foley artist: Warner Br/s (as David Fein)
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound designer (as Stephen H. Flick)
Michal Fojcik .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Michal Fojcik .... sound effects editor
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Justin Herman .... sound engineer
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist: Warner Bros.
David Jobe .... foley mixer: Warner Bros.
Craig Kyllonen .... adr recordist
Brian Magerkurth .... sound mix technician
Tod A. Maitland .... sound mixer (as Tod Maitland)
Terence C. McCormack Maitland .... boom operator (as Terrence McCormack Maitland)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Beaux Neylon .... adr mixer
Roman Oses .... studio technical support and audio/video support
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
Piotr Witkowski .... adr editor
Piotr Witkowski .... foley editor
Piotr Witkowski .... sound supervisor
Sebastian Wlodarczyk .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Sebastian Wlodarczyk .... dialogue editor
Sebastian Wlodarczyk .... sound engineer
Ryan Young .... adr recordist
Jerry Yuen .... sound utility
Ryan Collins .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Michal Fojcik .... foley editor (uncredited)
Tim Limer .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Gabriel J. Serrano .... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Wilfred Caban .... special effects foreman (as Will Caban)
Carmen Campolo .... special effects technician
Jack Kirshoff .... special effects technician
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator (as Steve Kirshoff)
 
Visual Effects by
Zbigniew Adamkiewicz .... it support: Alvernia Studios
Agata Bobola .... visual effects office manager: Alvernia Studios
Dawid Borkiewicz .... compositor: Alvernia Studios
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals: EFlm (as Pat Clancey)
Wojciech Danilo .... simulation artist: Alvernia Studios
Krzysztof Falinski .... CG animator: Alvernia Studios
Sebastian Falinski .... digital compositor
Marek Gajowski .... compositor: Alvernia Studios
Michal Gamrat .... cg animator: Alvernia Studios
Ireneusz Glownia .... it support: Alvernia Studios
Tomasz Golik .... visual effects chef: Alvernia Studios
Grzegorz Jankowski .... lighting and rendering: Alvernia Studios
Piotr Kolendo .... it support: Alvernia Studios
Blazej Konik .... visual effects driver: Alvernia Studios
Tomasz Kurgan .... visual effects rigging: Alvernia Studios
Phillip Mayer .... visual effects animator: Gradient Effects
Grzegorz Ociepka .... digital compositor
James Owens .... visual effects editor: Gradient Effects (as Jim Owens)
Tomasz Planta .... digital retouching
Pawel Pochodzidlo .... visual effects driver: Alvernia Studios
Persis Reynolds .... visual effects producer: Gradient Effects
Prasanna Siddharthan .... lead compositor: Gradient FX
Sylwia Slusarczyk .... visual effects reception: Alvernia Studios
Janne Stromberg .... compositing supervisor: Alvernia Studios
Olcun Tan .... visual effects supervisor: Gradient Effects
Thomas Tannenberger .... visual effects supervisor: Gradient Effects
Mateusz Tokarz .... modeling and texturing: Alvernia Studios
Mikolaj Valencia .... visual effects supervisor: Alvernia Studios
Lukasz Wisniewski .... CG animator: Alvernia Studios
Witold Wnuk .... compositor: Alvernia Studios
Sebastian Falinski .... junior compositor: Alvernia Studios (uncredited)
Jakub Garscia .... rotoscope artist: Alvernia Studios (uncredited)
Sharina Radia .... visual effects coordinator: GradientFX (uncredited)
 
Stunts
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator (as George Aguilar)
Bobby Beckles .... utility stunt #3
Ann Carton .... utility stunt #2 (as Ann Carton Kelly)
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunt driver: Mayfield
Blaise Corrigan .... utility stunt #4
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunt coordinator (as Jeffrey L. Gibson)
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunt driver: Robert Miller (as Jeffrey L. Gibson)
Drew Leary .... driving double: Ramon
Stephen A. Pope .... utility stunt #1 (as Stephen Pope)
Elliot Santiago .... precision taxi driver
Brian Smyj .... stunt: Syd's Driver
Jay Spadaro .... precision driver
Stephanie Stokes .... stunt passenger: Julie (as Stephanie Stokes Smyj)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh M. Allen .... rigging electrician (as Josh Allen)
Abraham Altbuch .... best boy grip
Myles Aronowitz .... still photographer
James R. Belletier .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as James Belletier)
Russell Bouchelle .... set electrician
Joe Conley .... grip
Stephen Consentino .... camera operator: "b" camera
Stephen Consentino .... steadicam operator
Nicole Cosgrove .... additional loader
Dylan Crawshay-Williams .... best boy rigging grip
Mark Cyr .... video playback technician
James Daly .... camera loader
James Daly .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Joe Doughan .... dolly grip
Matt Farrell .... key rigging grip
David Ganczewski .... third grip (as Dave Ganczewski)
Spencer Gillis .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as William S. Gillis)
Shawn Greene .... gaffer
Erik Guldbech .... set electrician
Rob Harlow .... key grip
Arthur Herman .... video assist operator
Nina Kuhn .... rigging gaffer
Ludovic Littee .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jim McCullagh .... gaffer (as Jim McCullough)
Donald Russell .... camera operator: "a" camera
Satish Sahi .... set electrician (as Satish Shahi)
Benjamin Salley .... generator operator
Meg Schrock .... rigging best boy electric
Frank Stubblefield .... rigging electrician
Sean Taylor .... best boy electric
Brett Walters .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Joy Weber .... set electrician
Eric J. Williams .... grip (as Eric Williams)
Jonathan Beck .... additional camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
David Chameides .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
David Chameides .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Michael Geoghegan .... grip (uncredited)
Travis Hottinger .... electrician (uncredited)
John J. Moers .... documentary cameraman (uncredited)
Nicole Rivelli .... still photographer (uncredited)
John Shim .... electrician (uncredited)
Elizabeth Stern .... grip (uncredited)
Daniel Wallenstein .... additional grip (uncredited)
Deborah Zometa .... rigging electric (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jodi Angstreich .... casting associate
Jolanda Anthony .... background casting associate
Jennifer Euston .... background casting associate (as Jennifer Ensworth)
Maribeth Fox .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Kimberly Hope .... additional casting
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Anderson .... set costumer
Christine Bean .... assistant costume designer
Foster Bell .... costume production assistant
Tommy Boyer .... costumer: Mr. Gere
Mary Breaunig .... costume liaison
Danajean Cicerchi .... costume supervisor
Kate Costin .... wardrobe intern
Lexi Cuesta .... key costumer
Mei Lai Hippisley Coxe .... set costumer
Jessie Kanelos .... costume production assistant
Ariel Meade .... costume production assistant
Toria Muñoz .... wardrobe intern (as Toria Nunoz)
Anastasiya Pisanova .... wardrobe intern
Nina Schelich .... costume shopper
Shannon Turgeon .... costume shopper
Kirsten Mogg .... set costumer (uncredited)
Annie Semenczuk .... costume assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Glen Castinho .... digital colorist: Alvernia Studios
Rick Grayson .... first assistant editor
Weronika Kolodziej .... assistant conform artist/data wrangler: Alvernia Studios
Piotr Krasny .... scanning and recording artist: Alvernia Studios (as Piotr 'Flash' Krasny)
Natasha Leonnet .... digital intermediate colorist: EFilm
Dawid Lukic .... junior colorist: Alvernia Studios (as David 'Dado' Lukic)
Philippe Majdalani .... digital intermediate assistant producer: EFlm
Loan Phan .... digital intermediate producer: EFilm
Andre Rivas .... digital intermediate color timing assistant: EFilm
Monika Santucci .... first assistant editor
Anna Siwek .... post-production coordinator: Alvernia Studios
Lisa Tutunjian .... digital intermediate editor: EFilm
Kelley Whitis .... post-production coordinator
Piotr Zmyslony .... data management/mastering: Alvernia Studios
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer (uncredited)
Christy House .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Scot Starbuck .... colorist (uncredited)
Loretta Wallace .... assistant colorist: dailies (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Gary Anderson .... composer: additional music
Joma Music Group .... music publishing
Michael Perlmutter .... music supervisor
Mac Quayle .... composer: additional music
Gregory Tripi .... composer: additional music
Piotr Witkowski .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Ambika Fairfield .... dot manager
Mo Fitzgerald .... transportation captain
Scott Lieberz .... transportation co-captain
Thomas McGoldrick .... driver (uncredited)
Gabe Turiello .... driver: process trailer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hunter R. Baker .... electronic press kit
Puloma Basu .... location coordinator
Hamish Berry .... legal counsel: Bruns, Brennan & Berry
Jasmina Bralic .... location assistant (as Jasmina Bracic)
Paul Brennan .... legal counsel: Bruns, Brennan & Berry
Emerson Bruns .... production counsel
Jerome Butler .... dialect coach
Cristal Calderon .... set production assistant
Nikki Casseri .... stand-in
Jeff Chena .... stand-in: Richard Gere
Wendy Cohen .... production clearances: Production Resources
Emma Cooper .... unit publicist
Mark Curley .... assistant location manager
Jacq Donegan .... production coordinator
Miguel A. Fernandez .... location assistant (as Miguel Fernandez)
Marissa Fiore .... set production assistant
Kendall Fleisher .... office production assistant
Teddy Gibbons .... set production assistant (as Theodore Gibbons)
Max Gold .... assistant: Mr. Jarecki
Damon Michael Gordon .... location manager (as Damon Gordon)
Tony Harmening .... key craft service assistant (as Tony Hammering)
Johnny Holland .... first assistant accountant
Diane Hounsell .... script supervisor
Rachel Iovine .... set production assistant
Holmes Jim .... assistant to second chef
Bridget Kane .... set production assistant
Ivan Kerum .... head chef
Jennifer Kerum .... assistant to chef
Gregory P. Korn .... legal counsel: Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert
Kutcha .... stand-in
Steven Lafferty .... key production assistant (as Steve Lafferty)
Maxine Leonard .... international publicity
Adam Levy .... set medic
Linda Lichter .... legal counsel: Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman
Kimberly Lisner .... production secretary
Joseph Lombardi .... payroll accountant
Samantha Lowe .... publicity assistant
Dee Martin .... set production assistant
Josh Michael .... key craft service assistant (as Joshua Michael)
Peter Miller .... assistant: Mr. Nappi
Brian Fountain Murray .... location assistant
Mark O'Connell .... social media manager
Matthew Petrucci .... production intern (as Matt Petrucci)
Stephanie Pon .... assistant to executive producer
Cesar Quinones .... location scout
Patrick Reese .... assistant: Mr. Bickford
Joanna Rockwell .... assistant to mr roth
Sarah Rubenstein .... production accountant
Julian Ruhe .... location scout
Chelsea Ryan .... office production assistant
Jeff Sanders .... legal counsel: Ritholz, Levy, Sanders, Chidekel & Fields
Christopher Sarli .... unit production assistant (as Chris Sarli)
Dee Schuka .... post production accountant: Trevanna Post
Laura Leigh Semon .... accounting clerk
Jennifer Sonnenfeld .... assistant location manager
Carmella Stolyar .... stand-in: Susan Sarandon
José Tejada .... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Roman Viaris-de-Lesegno .... financial consultant (as Roman Viaris)
Tamara Weber .... location scout
Sean Whalen .... electronic press kit
Tim Wilson .... stand-in
Leah Winkler .... assistant: Mr. Salerno
Tina Yeh .... assistant production office coordinator
Wing Yeong .... location scout
Tanya Blumstein .... dialect coach: Laetitia Casta (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Maureen Duffy .... completion guarantor (uncredited)
Logan Wolfe Edler .... production assistant (uncredited)
Estefania Fernandez .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Trish Gray .... location scout (uncredited)
Allen Holloway .... stand in: male (uncredited)
Mark Jean .... unit production assistant (uncredited)
Kyle Lavore .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brian A. Litman .... assistant post-production accountant (uncredited)
Chancelle Mafoua .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
James Parsons .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robert Velo .... production financing (uncredited)
Roman Viaris-de-Lesegno .... financial consultant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
John August .... the director wishes to thank
Brady Corbet .... the director wishes to thank
Brian DePersia .... the producers wish to thank
Maureen Duffy .... the producers wish to thank
Bret Easton Ellis .... the director wishes to thank
James Foley .... the director wishes to thank
William Friedkin .... the director wishes to thank
Sacha Gervasi .... the director wishes to thank
Joe Gossett .... the director wishes to thank
Tarik Hachoud .... the producers wish to thank
Amy Heckerling .... the director wishes to thank
Tony Hsieh .... the director wishes to thank
Henry Jarecki .... the director wishes to thank
Richard Kelly .... the director wishes to thank
Michael Lehmann .... the director wishes to thank
Tommy O'Haver .... the director wishes to thank
Al Pacino .... the director wishes to thank
Tomasz Planta .... the producers wish to thank
Paul Rubinfeld .... the director wishes to thank
Joan Scheckel .... the director wishes to thank
Richard Sheehan .... thanks
Kirsten Smith .... the director wishes to thank (as Kristin 'Kiwi' Smith)
 

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Rated R for language, brief violent images and drug use
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Trivia:
Brit Marling, who plays Robert Miller's daughter and Chief Investment Officer, has direct experience of the finance world from a summer internship she once undertook at Goldman Sachs Investment Bank.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the courthouse scene, Jimmy explicitly undoes his tie and pulls his collar out in exasperation, but his tie and collar are in place when he is on the bench.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Maria Bartiromo:But you took a huge bet on the housing crisis in the middle of the biggest boom in housing anybody has ever seen. Why?
Robert Miller:I'm a child of the '50s. My father welded steel for the Navy, and my mother worked at the V.A. They lived through the Depression, Pearl Harbor, and the bomb. They didn't think that bad things might happen. They knew that bad things would happen.
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 revolve around five things. M - O - N - E - Y.
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85 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Of the Rarest Type of Thriller, 29 September 2012
Author: Simon_Says_Movies from Toronto, ON, Canada

Arbitrage is one of the rarest thrillers around today – a morality tale that propels its gripping story through poor character choices and the ensuing aftermath rather than left-field twists and pointless action. The complexity of the characters on display in director Nicolas Jarecki's feature debut (and the fine actors who bring them to life) are fascinating to behold and deliciously infuriating in the way that the script forces you to rationalize on their behalf, even when they perpetrate some of the worst crimes imaginable.

The plot of Arbitrage is at its core very basic, but from that seemingly simplistic foundation springs forth a disastrous series of errors of near Shakespearian proportion, ultimately avoidable as they all turn out to be. We first meet with hedge fund manager Robert Miller as he hounds his subordinate to track down the CEO of a rival corporation for a final authorizing signature that will conclude the sale of his firm. Unbeknownst to everyone but him and his accountant, Miller has committed fraud and cooked the books to hide a disastrous investment in a Russian copper operation. Through this sale he can more than cover his losses and retire a multi-millionaire, but after another mistake (this time on a far more personal level) his transgressions at work pale in comparison.

It is through Gere's remarkable performance that we come to sympathize with a man who is not only a liar and a fraud that uses those he loves and dispose of those he needs without a second thought, but who also descends into something far worse: a murderer (at least in the eyes of the law). However, we can see deep down he loves his family, will right all financial wrongs with the sale of his business without anyone being hurt and mostly had non-malicious intentions when fleeing the scene of his crime. We become so caught up in this character's predicament and the world in which he thrives is so equally callous and ugly he comes off as part saint despite being everything an average person despises – he is the one percent and essentially rides above the law.

Having given up his mantle of A-list leading man some time ago, Gere, instead of rushing headfirst into subpar roles that would keep him somewhat in the spotlight, has become a superb actor in his own right choosing interesting projects from The Hoax to The Hunting Party. His performance in Arbitrage is perhaps his best work ever, exuding charisma, spewing malice and emanating explosive energy at the perfect junctures. Jarecki's script and Gere's work is the perfect marriage of actor and material.

The supporting cast is equally superb. Susan Sarandon does a great deal with limited screen time as Robert's wife, as does Brit Marling as his daughter and unofficial partner at the firm. Tim Roth does his evil thing without missing a beat as a determined and justice-blurring cop (though his accent slips a few times) and relative unknown Nate Parker as a past connection of Robert's who plays an pivotal (and emotionally potent) role in the deception does scene-stealing work.

Conjointly as is the case with ludicrous revelations and senseless violence, in most thrillers a last-act imposition occurs, stripping any good will that may have been awarded and leaving nothing but a sour taste. Arbitrage has a perfect – perfect – ending and is immediately preceded with two fascinating examinations of character in both Miller's wife and the buyer of his firm. The overarching theme amongst these catharses is that money rules all, but the execution and timing of both comes off as nothing close to hollow.

It is easy to fathom certain viewers being bored or put off by the deliberate pacing and stylistic choices Arbitrage makes, but that is no fault of this tense and involving film but rather of the spoiled, ADD generation that can't make it through 100 minutes of cinema without multiple shootouts, riveting as it all is. As the antidote to bland Hollywood white-knuckle escapism, Arbitrage is the sublime archetype, substantive and lasting and proving that smarts and dedicated performers can drive a compelling narrative.

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