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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director:

Alex Gibney

Writers:

Alex Gibney, Bethany McLean (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Beard John Beard ... Self - Former Enron Accountant
Tim Belden Tim Belden ... Self (archive footage)
Barbara Boxer ... Self (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Self (archive footage)
James Chanos ... Self - President, Kynikos Associates (as Jim Chanos)
Dick Cheney ... Self
Bill Clinton ... Self (archive footage)
Carol Coale Carol Coale ... Self - Ex-Stock Analyst, Prudential Securities
Peter Coyote ... Narrator
Gray Davis ... Self - Former Governor of California
Reggie Dees II Reggie Dees II ... Self - Young man the stripper dances in front of (as Reggie Deets II)
Joseph Dunn Joseph Dunn ... Self - California State Senator
Max Eberts Max Eberts ... Self - Former Spokesman, Enron Energy Services
Peter Elkind Peter Elkind ... Self - Co-Author, 'The Smartest Guys in the Room'
Andrew Fastow Andrew Fastow ... Self (archive footage)
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Storyline

Enron dives from the seventh largest US company to bankruptcy in less than a year in this tale told chronologically. The emphasis is on human drama, from suicide to 20,000 people sacked: the personalities of Ken Lay (with Falwellesque rectitude), Jeff Skilling (he of big ideas), Lou Pai (gone with $250 M), and Andy Fastow (the dark prince) dominate. Along the way, we watch Enron game California's deregulated electricity market, get a free pass from Arthur Andersen (which okays the dubious mark-to-market accounting), use greed to manipulate banks and brokerages (Merrill Lynch fires the analyst who questions Enron's rise), and hear from both Presidents Bush what great guys these are. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It's just business. See more »


Certificate:

R | 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. The former Global Exchange activist founded CIVIC (Campaign for Innocent Victims of Conflict), which worked to help the victims of the war in Iraq. She died in Iraq on April 16, 2005, the victim of a suicide bombing. See more »

Quotes

Analyst: You are the only financial institution that can't produce a balance sheet or cash flow statement with their earnings...
Jeffrey Skilling: You, you, you... Well, uh... thank you very much. We appreciate it... asshole.
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Connections

Features The Simpsons: Special Edna (2003) See more »

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Written by Sting and Joyce Silveira P. De Jesus
Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music, Inc., Feminina Music USA Division
Performed by The Black Eyed Peas
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Fascinating documentary - never a dull moment - too bad the trial results are missing
25 April 2007 | by lightdeeSee all my reviews

A very interesting expose on the greed, hubris, lies, etc. that brought Enron down. This film is well-done and digs up a lot of dirt. The PBS viewing showed a little clip after the film which discussed the strange trial results, which was probably the biggest problem with the film - it pretty much ends with the bankruptcy of enron and doesn't show much about the trials, since they took place later, although they would make for a great inclusion. To me, the most incredible part of the film is that fact that these guys would stand up every day and tell bold-faced lies to the employees, the government, the investors, and make it all sound good. They had to be thinking in the back of their head "it's all going to come crashing down someday"...


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Official Sites:

PBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,639, 24 April 2005

Gross USA:

$4,071,700

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,854,164
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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