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Margin Call (2011)

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Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam Rogers
... Will Emerson
... John Tuld
... Peter Sullivan
... Seth Bregman
... Jared Cohen
... Mary Rogers
... Sarah Robertson
... Eric Dale
... Ramesh Shah
... Heather Burke
... Lauren Bratberg
... Executive Assistant
... Security Guard
... Louis Carmelo
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A respected financial company is downsizing and one of the victims is the risk management division head, who was working on a major analysis just when he was let go. His protégé completes the study late into the night and then frantically calls his colleagues in about the company's financial disaster he has discovered. What follows is a long night of panicked double checking and double dealing as the senior management prepare to do whatever it takes to mitigate the debacle to come even as the handful of conscientious comrades find themselves dragged along into the unethical abyss. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Be first. Be smarter. Or cheat.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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29 September 2011 (Germany)  »

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El precio de la codicia  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$561,904, 23 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,354,039, 12 May 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,504,039, 31 December 2012
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Grace Gummer, Meryl Streep's third child, was set to appear in a scene in which she played Zachary Quinto's ex-girlfriend. Due to what the director and producer called "poor directorial work" during the shoot, the scene was cut out of the film. It can be seen, however, in the "Deleted Scenes" section of the DVD. See more »

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The use of rooftop helipads in NYC was banned after 9/11. See more »

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[first lines]
Seth Bregman: Just like that? Jesus Christ! Are they going to do it right here?
Will Emerson: You guys ever been through this before?
Seth Bregman: No.
Will Emerson: It's best to keep your head down and ignore it. Keep your head down and go back to work.
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Steven Spielberg appears in the "Special Thanks" in the end credits but misspelled as "Steven Speilberg" on theatrical prints. See more »

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Performed by Matthew Houck (as Phosphorescent)
Written by Matthew Houck
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By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Great insight into the fall of Wall Street
13 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

This film was a great follow up to Inside Job, which described the big picture and background of the 2008 fall of the investment industry. Margin Call zooms in on the workings and the actual down and dirty business of one of the main (but unnamed) brokerage houses. This film captured our attention and interest, while heightening our "concerns" over the reality portrayed. The agony and defeat of the hard working, loyal employees was displayed in their faces and body language, lending to our empathy for the staff being "used", while abhorring the situation. The twenty four hour workplace dilemma is told and carried out realistically, with time flying for the totally engaged viewer.


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