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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room ()


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

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations.
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Beard ...
Himself - Former Enron Accountant
Tim Belden ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
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Herself (archiveFootage)
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Himself (archiveFootage)
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Himself - President, Kynikos Associates (as Jim Chanos)
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Himself
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Himself (archiveFootage)
Carol Coale ...
Herself - Ex-Stock Analyst, Prudential Securities
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Narrator
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Himself - Former Governor of California
Reggie Dees II ...
Himself - Young man the stripper dances in front of (as Reggie Deets II)
Joseph Dunn ...
Himself - California State Senator
Max Eberts ...
Himself - Former Spokesman, Enron Energy Services
Peter Elkind ...
Himself - Co-Author, 'The Smartest Guys in the Room'
Andrew Fastow ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
David Freeman ...
Himself - Former Advisor to Governor Davis
Philip Hilder ...
Himself
Al Kaseweter ...
Himself
Kenneth Lay ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
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Himself (archiveFootage)
Bill Lerach ...
Himself - Former Attorney
Joe Lingold ...
Energy Trader
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Cliff Baxter
Loretta Lynch ...
Herself - California Public Utilities Comissioner
Amanda Martin-Brock ...
Herself - Former Enron Executive
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Herself - Fortune Reporter; Co-Author, 'The Smartest Guys in the Room'
Mike Muckleroy ...
Himself - Former Enron Executive
James Nutter ...
Himself - Palmer Memorial Church (as Reverend James Nutter)
John Olson ...
Himself - Stock Analyst, Sanders Morris Heart
Lou L. Pai ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Kevin Phillips ...
Himself
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Himself
Nancy Rapoport ...
Herself - Dean, University of Houston Law Center
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Himself (archiveFootage)
Harvey Rosenfield ...
Himself - Consumer Advocate
Marla Ruzicka ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
Mark Salzberg ...
Croupiers
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Himself (archiveFootage)
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Herself (archiveFootage)
Jeff Skilling ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Mimi Swartz ...
Herself - Executive Editor, Texas Monthly Magazine
Robert Traband ...
Himself
Sherron Watkins ...
Herself - Ex-Vice President, Enron Corp; Enron Whistleblower; Co-Author, 'Power Failure'
Henry Waxman ...
Himself
Andrew Weissman ...
Himself
Colin Whitehead ...
Himself
Charles Wickman ...
Himself

Directed by

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Alex Gibney

Written by

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Alex Gibney ... (written by)
 
Bethany McLean ... (book "The Smartest Guys in the Room - The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron") &
Peter Elkind ... (book "The Smartest Guys in the Room - The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron")

Produced by

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Jennie Amias ... associate producer: New York
Mark Cuban ... executive producer
Alison Ellwood ... producer
Alex Gibney ... producer
Jason Kliot ... producer
Kate McMahon ... associate producer: Portland
Susan Motamed ... producer
Christine O'Malley ... associate producer: Los Angeles
Joana Vicente ... executive producer
Todd Wagner ... executive producer

Music by

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Matthew Hauser ... (as Matt Hauser)

Cinematography by

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Maryse Alberti ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Alison Ellwood

Editorial Department

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David Kuther ... additional on-line editor
Don Wyllie ... post production editor

Production Management

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Kendall McCarthy ... post-production supervisor
Gretchen McGowan ... executive in charge of production

Sound Department

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Felix Andrew ... location sound mixer
Martin Czembor ... re-recording mixer
Marlena Grzaslewicz ... sound editor
Iván Mayoral ... sound mixer: Spanish dialogue
Steve Osmon ... location sound mixer
Steve F.B. Smith ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Ira Spiegel ... sound
Shane Stoneback ... sound recordist
Morgan Worth ... location sound mixer

Visual Effects by

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Ben Fine ... animation director (as Benjamin Fine)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ben Bloodwell ... assistant camera
Don Blust ... additional cinematographer
John Casabom ... assistant camera
Mark Clark ... gaffer
Jon Else ... additional cinematographer
Anton Floquet ... additional cinematographer
Paul Goldhammer ... second electric
Mark Goodwin ... gaffer
Andrew Korner ... second electric
George Mays ... gaffer
Lyle Morgan ... additional cinematographer
Kyle Rooney ... assistant camera
Justin Seyb ... best boy grip
Alan Smith ... gaffer
Dan Strauss ... assistant camera (as Dan Strauss)

Casting Department

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Carol Grant ... casting

Location Management

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Susan Elkins ... location manager
Eric Pilarcik ... location manager
Errol Reichow ... location manager

Music Department

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Steven DePalo ... composer: additional music
Mariusz Glabinski ... music editor
Chris Jordao ... composer: additional music
John McCullough ... music supervisor
Danny Wilensky ... musician: saxophonist
Alysia Oakley ... assistant to executive soundtrack producer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Fernando Alvarado ... production assistant
Courtney Andrialis ... assistant to the producers: HDNet Films
Will Battersby ... head of development
Andrew Beard ... production assistant
Elissa Birke ... research coordinator
Julie Burstein ... production intern
Vivian Chan ... production intern
Agnes Chu ... production coordinator
Ralph Costanza ... print coordinator
Kristen Daly ... production assistant
Shankar Desai ... production assistant
Richard Dworkin ... transcriptor
John Finn ... consultant
Morgan Gibney ... production intern
Nick Gibney ... production intern
Michael Hastings-Black ... production assistant
Peter Kallish ... titles
Michael Margent ... production intern
Robbie Meckna ... production assistant
Noah Myerson ... production intern
Daniella Nied ... production intern
Emma Pildes ... production intern
Kristina Redick ... office manager
Christopher Richardson ... production assistant
Robin Simpson ... pilot
Robert Stein ... counsel: E&O
Mike Tristano ... armorer
Ali Wasserstein Schippers ... production coordinator (as Ali Wasserstein)
Crystal Whelan ... researcher

Thanks

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Gboyega Akinola ... acknowledgment: archive footage provided by
Bankole Bello ... acknowledgment: archive footage provided by
Doug Biro ... special thanks
Kathleen Brennan ... special thanks
Jim Jarmusch ... special thanks
Alexandra Milgram ... acknowledgment: archive footage provided by
Victor Orlov ... special thanks
Tom Waits ... special thanks

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Other Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines It's just business. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Der Enron-Bankrott - Die ganz schlauen Burschen (Germany)
  • Enron: los tipos que estafaron a América (Spain)
  • Enron: Rise and Fall (Australia)
  • Black Magic (Australia)
  • Энрон: Самые смышленые парни в комнате (Russia)
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  • 110 min
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Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005). See more »
Soundtracks What's He Building in There? See more »
Quotes Jeffrey Skilling: Oh I can't help myself. You know what the difference between the state of California and Titanic? And this is being webcast, and I know I'm going to regret this - at least when the Titanic went down, the lights were on.
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