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Rogue Trader (1999)

The story of Nick Leeson, an ambitious investment broker who singlehandedly bankrupted one of the oldest and most important banks in Britain.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Nick Leeson
... Lisa Leeson
Yves Beneyton ... Pierre Beaumarchais
Betsy Brantley ... Brenda Granger
... Ash Lewis
... Ron Baker
... Tony Hawes
Irene Ng ... Bonnie Lee
... Danny Argyropoulos
... Peter Norris
... Peter Baring
... Simon Jones
... George Seow
... Henry Tan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danny Argyropoulos ... Trader #1
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Storyline

Ambitious, wide-eyed boy Nick Leeson is determined to rise in the world and be more than a simple bank clerk. When his employers, Barings Bank, offer him the opportunity to go to Jakarta to sort out a problem that nobody else wants, he seizes the opportunity with both hands. In Jakarta he meets and marries Lisa and together they go to Singapore when the bank offers him the job of setting up their future options trading operation. To save money the bank allows Nick to operate both the floor trading and the back office facilities and force him to employ cheap, unskilled staff. His first year of trading is a big success and he makes large profits for the bank even though he has illegally broken trading rules and secretly covered up losses. Given more freedom, even more money and continuing unchecked, Nick starts to make losses and again attempts to trade out of them but this time he comes unstuck as his illegal trading generates even bigger losses. After the death of his unborn child ... Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Money isn't for greedy people See more »


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25 June 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Vild satsning  »

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Budget:

$12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£269,871 (United Kingdom), 27 June 1999, Limited Release
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Trivia

Based on Nick Leeson's 1996 book about his time at Barings Bank. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, in a scene where various newspapers were shown documenting the search for Leeson, a Chinese newspaper's caption for Leeson's picture actually reads "(Chinese Premier) Zhu Rongji Happily Meets (UK Prime Minister) Tony Blair". See more »

Quotes

German Policeman: [checking Lisa's passport] Where is your man?
Nick Leeson: [stepping foward] I'm her man.
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Connections

Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #4.51 (2008) See more »

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Money (That's What I Want)
Written by Berry Gordy (as Berry Gordy Jr), Janie Bradford
Performed by Barrett Strong
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You think your job is stressful?
30 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

When I saw the ratings and the comments listed for this movie, I wasn't sure that this was the movie I saw last night! If you're looking for a history lesson on the fall of Synex, read a book. If you're looking for an edge of your seat thriller, with no violence at all, and hilarious breaks in the tension, this is your flic. First, Ewan McGregor is becoming one of my top actors. His portrayal of a cool-as-a-cucumber trader, even under incredible stress is delightful. You can't help but be nervous as Nick Leeson dodges bosses, controllers, and his wife. The level of the stress is clearly portrayed, and his fantasy scenes are great. The other actors are shallow, but hilarious. Enjoy this flic. I did.


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