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Money Monster (2016)

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Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Sprecher
Lenny (The Cameraman)
Lt. Nelson
Avery Goodloe CFO
Bree (The Assistant)
Won Joon
Carsey Walker Jr. ...
Tech Sam
Tech Dave


In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O'Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today's fast-paced, high-tech global markets. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


On the air. Out of time. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some sexuality and brief violence. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El maestro del dinero  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,788,157 (USA) (13 May 2016)


$41,008,532 (USA) (29 July 2016)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2014 Blacklist, a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »


The wireless, handheld camera Lenny uses towards the end of film wouldn't be able to transmit while in the elevator. Unless receiving equipment was placed along the route between the studio and Federal Hall, and again inside Federal Hall, he wouldn't be able to transmit from there, either. See more »


[first lines]
Lee Gates: Okay, here we go. Are you listening? Are you paying attention out there? Good. Because it's about to get complicated, so I'm gonna start out slow and make it nice and simple for you. You don't have a *clue* where your money is. See, once upon a time, you could walk into your bank, and they'd open a vault and point to a gold brick. Not anymore. Your money - that thing that you bust your ass for - it's nothing more than a few photons of energy traveling through a massive network of ...
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What Makes The World Go Round? (MONEY!)
Written by Dan Nakamura (as Daniel Nakamura) and Del (as Teren Delvon Jones)
Additional Arrangement by Daniel Rojas
Produced by Dan Nakamura (as Dan The Automator)
Performed by Dan Nakamura (as Dan The Automator) featuring Del (as Del The Funky Homosapien)
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Confusing and not original critique of Wall Street
8 July 2016 | by (Washington,DC) – See all my reviews

The causes of the global financial crisis of 2008-2010 and the mechanisms that speculators use are complicated and thus not easily packaged into a 90-minute movie. But movies such as "Margin Call", "Arbitrage", "Wall Street" and especially the documentary "Inside Job" do a much better job of explaining them than "Money Monster". Producer- actor George Clooney is known for his anti-establishment movies, and ones such as "Ides of March" are excellent. But on this occasion he and director Jodie Foster try to do too much: denunciation of Wall Street, financial markets, crooked bankers and the news media. Clooney's character is akin to that of well-known financial network program hosts, and thus not original. His banter with Robert's character is at times funny and in my view only saving grace of "Money Monster". But many parts of the plot are a stretch: lack of security at a major financial news network and police restraint. The corrupt banker's investment is in the same sector as in "Arbitrage". Globalization has many discontents. Movies and the media should be cautious about coming close to justifying violent reactions, especially as copycat behavior has been proved.

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