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The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron (2003)

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The rise and fall of the Enron company, as seen from the perspective of employee Brian Cruver, based on his book.

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Penelope Spheeris

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Brian Cruver (book), Stephen Mazur (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Kane ... Brian Cruver
Shannon Elizabeth ... Courtney
Cameron Bancroft ... Duffy
Nancy Anne Sakovich Nancy Anne Sakovich ... Liz Perry (as Nancy Sakovich)
Natalie Brown ... Amber St. Pierre (Miss April)
Aleks Paunovic ... Lazarri
Jonathan Higgins ... Greg McLainey
Mike Farrell ... Kenneth Lay
Brian Dennehy ... Mr. Blue
Jon Ted Wynne ... Jeff Skilling
Paul Christie Paul Christie ... Andrew Tillman
Tom Keenan Tom Keenan ... Allen Flemming
Larissa Gomes ... Anna-Marie
Jennifer Hill ... Miss August
Steven Ratzlaff ... Welling
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Brian Cruver, an ambitious 26-year-old lands a job at Enron. As he assimilates to the company's get-rich-quick mantra, spending sprees and wild corporate "gatherings" become the norm. But when Enron files for bankruptcy, Cruver discovers he's just a pawn in a failing game of corporate greed--one that made the rich richer...while the rest lost everything. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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They had so much fun... it was criminal. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Verdadeira História de uma Fraude See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Brian Cruver: [Narrating the epilogue] Others at Enron responded more... openly to the call for disclosure. Dream became reality when Playboy presented "The Women of Enron," and then, Playgirl responded with "The Men of Enron." Bickers? Well, he left Wall Street and found something a little more...
[Pictures are shown of Bickers as a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas]
Brian Cruver: secure. Duffy returned his family to San Francisco. Liz found another marketing job.
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Greed is bad.
6 January 2003 | by Go_Blue_99See all my reviews

This movie is a decently entertaining depiction of the fall of Enron, which was one of our nation's leading companies. It's based on the point of view of a recent University of Texas MBA grad, who gets hired in the bankruptcy division of Enron. For people who didn't follow the scandal, the movie does a solid job of illustrating why greed led to Enron's demise. With shareholders and upper management demanding better numbers (and thus better stock value), everyone was under pressure to cook the books.

There is some comedy in the movie (the Arthur Anderson audit team is always playing nerf basketball or computer golf; one of the characters gets a job at Worldcom after being laid off at Enron). However, being a TV movie, there is not much time for character depth. Did anyone really feel for the woman who lost her college savings in Enron stock? Also, I understand the producers were looking for star power, but Shannon Elizabeth did not belong in this movie. She is far too pretty to be playing a down-to-earth farm girl who hates the glamorous life her fiance brings her. Overall, this is a watch able movie for those that are interested in business.


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