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The Big Short (2015)

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In 2006-7 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

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Adam McKay

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Jared Vennett
Rudy Eisenzopf ... Lewis Ranieri
Casey Groves ... Fund Manager
Charlie Talbert ... Lewis Bond Trader
Harold Gervais Harold Gervais ... Lewis Bond Trader
Maria Frangos Maria Frangos ... Exotic Dancer
Christian Bale ... Michael Burry
Hunter Burke ... Analyst
Bernard Hocke Bernard Hocke ... Coach
Shauna Rappold ... Michael Burry's Mom
Brandon Stacy ... Michael Burry's Dad
Aiden Flowers ... Young Michael Burry
Peter Epstein ... Paul Baum
Anthony Marble ... Therapy Businessman
Silas Cooper ... Therapy Businessman
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Storyline

Three separate but parallel stories of the U.S mortgage housing crisis of 2005 are told. Michael Burry, an eccentric ex-physician turned one-eyed Scion Capital hedge fund manager, has traded traditional office attire for shorts, bare feet and a Supercuts haircut. He believes that the US housing market is built on a bubble that will burst within the next few years. Autonomy within the company allows Burry to do largely as he pleases, so Burry proceeds to bet against the housing market with the banks, who are more than happy to accept his proposal for something that has never happened in American history. The banks believe that Burry is a crackpot and therefore are confident in that they will win the deal. Jared Vennett with Deutschebank gets wind of what Burry is doing and, as an investor believes he too can cash in on Burry's beliefs. An errant telephone call to FrontPoint Partners gets this information into the hands of Mark Baum, an idealist who is fed up with the corruption in the ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$705,527, 13 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,259,870

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,346,506
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2.35 : 1
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The cast includes four Oscar winners: Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Brad Pitt, and Marisa Tomei, and three Oscar nominees, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie. See more »

Goofs

When Burry finishes brushing his teeth, water spots are on his shirt. When he sits down to continue his phone conversation, the water spots are gone. See more »

Quotes

Michael Burry: It's only a matter of time before someone else sees this investment. We have to act now.
Lawrence Fields: And how do you know these bonds are built on subprime crap? Aren't they filled with hundreds of pages of mortgages?
Michael Burry: I read them.
Lawrence Fields: You read them? No one reads them. Only the lawyers who put them together read them.
Michael Burry: I don't think they even know what they made. The whole housing market is propped up on these bad loans. It's a time bomb, and I want to short it.
Lawrence Fields: Through what instrument, Michael? There are no ...
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by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham
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The rich get rich and the poor get evicted. Ain't we got Fun
14 November 2015 | by tkn10015See all my reviews

Don't know how Adam McKay made deplorable humans, blinding fear, gut-boiling outrage and gleeful shaming so much fun to watch. He brought along his bag o' laffs but planted them in such rich soil so we had to hack our way through the thick underbrush of tainted greenbacks and marked decks.

Everyone's in top form. Didn't recognize Brad Pitt for awhile. Ryan Gosling funniest. Christian Bale let us feel his pain and lonely genius. Steve Carell dug deep and came up with a real mensch.

Nice to see Marisa Tomei, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Finn Wittrock, Max Greenfield and talented others working at a solid level.

I walked out of the Westwood Bruin Theater in awe and mad as hell.


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