In 2006-2007 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 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 ... 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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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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Michael Burry named his hedge fund company Scion Capital after a favorite childhood book, "The Scions of Shannara." Christian Bale is seen reading that book in one of his first scenes in the movie. See more »

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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 »

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Danny Moses: You're completely sure of the math?
Jared Vennett: Look at him. That's my quant.
Mark Baum: Your what?
Jared Vennett: My quantitative! My math specialist, look at him! You notice anything different about him? Look at his face!
Mark Baum: That's very racist.
Jared Vennett: Look at his eyes! I'll give you a hint. His name's Yang! He won a national math competition in China! He doesn't even speak English! Yeah, I'm sure of the math.
Ted Jiang: Actually, my name is Jiang and I do speak English. Jared likes to say I don't because he thinks it makes me seem more authentic and I got ...
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Everyone hates poetry
7 August 2016 | by bementarSee all my reviews

Great drama moves you. It excites you. Scares you. Makes you sing. Makes you cry.

The Big Short makes you shake your fist. The Big Short is driven as much by its Iago as it is its Othello, and deservedly so.

The events in the story did happen. Many people still don't care. The Big Short gives you reason to care. That is what separates this film from being merely a documentary and turns it into high drama.

No matter your politics - mark this, like Citizen Kane, as a movie that should be seen at least once. It is not always comfortable to watch. And that is a good thing - The Big Short is a documentary of a real life horror that unfolds in slow motion, and reminds us that even after the fact - no one is listening. Because truth is like poetry.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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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

Gross USA:

$70,259,870

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,440,870
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