Corporate audio and videotapes tell the inside story of the scandal involving one company's manipulation of California's energy supply and its, and how its executives wrung a billion dollars out of the resulting crisis.

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Alex Gibney

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Bethany McLean (book), Peter Elkind (book) | 1 more credit »

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Episode credited cast:
Peter Coyote ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Beard John Beard ... Self
Barbara Boxer ... Self (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Self
James Chanos ... Self (as Jim Chanos)
Dick Cheney ... Self
Bill Clinton ... Self (archive footage)
Carol Coale Carol Coale ... Self
Gray Davis ... Self
Reggie Dees II Reggie Dees II ... Young man the stripper dances in front of (as Reggie Deets II)
Joseph Dunn Joseph Dunn ... Self
Max Eberts Max Eberts ... Self
Peter Elkind Peter Elkind ... Self
Andrew Fastow Andrew Fastow ... Self
David Freeman David Freeman ... Self
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Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, a multidimensional study of one of the biggest business scandals in American history. The chronicle takes a look at one of the greatest corporate disasters in history, in which top executives from the 7th largest company in this country walked away with over one billion dollars, leaving investors and employees with nothing. The film features insider accounts and rare corporate audio and video tapes that reveal colossal personal excesses of the Enron hierarchy and the utter moral vacuum that posed as corporate philosophy. The human drama that unfolds within Enron's walls resembles a Greek tragedy and produces a domino effect that could shape the face of our economy and ethical code for years to come. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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It's Just Business

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Among the protesters who disrupt the meeting with Jeff Skilling at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club is Marla Ruzicka, who was killed on 16 April 2005 in Iraq by a suicide bomber. She founded CIVIC (Campaign for Innocent Victims of Conflict) which worked to help the victims of the war in Iraq and she was a former Global Exchange activist. See more »

Quotes

Kenneth Lay: [Enron Executive Officer Ken Lay holds a meeting of investors after shady financial dealings of the company have recently been revealed] We're down to questions, and I've got a few of 'em here... I would like to know if you are on crack... If so, that would explain a lot, if not, you may want to start because it's going to be a long time before we trust you again.
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Special thanks includes "all the `Deep Throats' - you know who you are!" See more »

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References Get Smart (1965) See more »

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California
Written by Alex Greenwald (as Alexander Greenwald), Jason Schwartzman, Sam Farrar,
Darren Robinson and Jacques Brautbar
Flying Saucer Fuel Music/Beaucoup Bucks/Johnny Rebel Music/I Like Music/Shaggstar Publishing Co.
Performed by Phantom Planet
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing
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Boys gone amok
16 April 2005 | by shifraleahSee all my reviews

I just saw this movie at Talk Cinema in Philadelphia. It was an excellent depiction of hubris and greed. The clips of Ken Lay et all were self serving and only seemed to intensify their greed. I would have liked more exploration in to the ties with the Bush Dynasty but that said it was an interesting intense film. Definitely one that I would be happy to recommend. There is one critique I would make is that although the film touched on the many lives that were ruined by the Enron Scandle,it did not give them a real human face.

In the eighties we called people like the Enron Executives "Masters of the Universe." Now we can call at as we see it, Over grown former nerds with no morality and no conscience.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2005 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Enron: Rise and Fall See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,639, 24 April 2005

Gross USA:

$4,064,421
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1.85 : 1
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