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Inside Job (2010)

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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

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Charles Ferguson

Writers:

Charles Ferguson, Chad Beck (co-writer) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Gylfi Zoega ... Himself - Professor of Economics, University of Iceland
Andri Snær Magnason ... Himself - Writer & Filmmaker
Sigridur Benediktsdottir ... Herself - Special Investigative Committee, Icelandic Parliament
Paul Volcker ... Himself - Former Federal Reserve Chairman
Dominique Strauss-Kahn ... Himself - Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
George Soros ... Himself - Chairman, Soros Fund Management
Barney Frank ... Himself - Chairman, Financial Services Committee
David McCormick ... Himself - Under Secretary of the Treasury, Bush Administration
Scott Talbott ... Himself - Chief Lobbyist, Financial Services Roundtable
Andrew Sheng ... Himself - Chief Adviser, China Banking Regulatory Commission
Hsien Loong Lee ... Himself - Prime Minister, Singapore
Christine Lagarde ... Herself - Finance Minister, France
Gillian Tett ... Herself - U.S. Managing Editor, The Financial Times
Nouriel Roubini ... Himself - Professor, NYU Business School
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Storyline

'Inside Job' provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China. Written by Anonymous

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The global economic crisis of 2008 cost tens of millions of people their savings, their jobs, and their homes. This is how it happened. See more »

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Documentary | Crime

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Rated PG-13 for some drug and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,649, 10 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,312,735

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,871,522
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an unusual pairing of supporter and subject matter, Jeffrey Lurie - owner of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles franchise - was one of this Oscar-winning documentary's executive producers. See more »

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The first time Paul Volcker's last name is shown it is written "Vocker". See more »

Quotes

interviewer: On your CV the title of this report has been changed from "Financial Stability in Iceland" to "Financial *In*stability in Iceland."
Frederic Mishkin: Um, well, I don't know. Er, which, er whatever it is, is - the thing - if there's a typo, there's a typo.
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Alternate Versions

When broadcast in the UK on BBC TV (as part of it's Storyville documentary strand) in December 2011, on-screen dates of the speakers' positions were updated, notably Dominique Strauss-Kahn who resigned from the IMF in May 2011. See more »

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Referenced in Death and Taxes (2011) See more »

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Love and Hate
2 March 2011 | by AstralanSee all my reviews

I work. I have worked since I was 16. I worked when going to college. I worked between college. I worked after college. I worked while raising a family. I worked, sometimes 3 or 4 jobs at a time. I'm still working. And after retirement, I don't think I would be able to quit doing something, even if it meant being a greeter at Wells Fargo. I put in my overtime. I put in my dues. I will not really have enough money to live on when I retire, but that is all relative to my lifestyle at that time. I certainly will not be able to afford the house, but I will have some foreseeable comforts. I may not have worked as hard as others, but I have worked dependably and consistently. My conscience is fairly clean.

I have never been in a position to make vast amounts of money. Most of my life I have lived from paycheck to paycheck. I am not a financial planner. I can be an impulsive buyer at times but when I get that craving I make sure that whatever I get will last me. I'm probably the perfect Joe Schmoe.

I watched this film. I don't know why. Maybe I was curious about it winning an Oscar. Maybe I'm just into masochistic tendencies, but I did watch it all the way through. I sat their like the wedding guests in the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner as he spun his story wondering how all this stuff could have happened over such a long period of time and realizing how gullible and uninformed I am. When it comes to Government, I am like an ostrich with its head in the ground: Just let me do my job, I don't want to worry about you doing yours.

I don't think I am the only one with this sentiment. However, when one of us Joe Schmoes handed over billions of dollars to the people that engineered the collapse of so many financial institutions; to realize this has already happened; to realize there is nothing to be done just increases resentment.

The documentary was skillfully done. The preface to this movie followed the decline of Iceland during their deregulation period. Within 5 short years they went from picture perfect to poverty, the only success stories probably laughed about over drinks and cigars. The movie then proceeds to tactfully follow the events from the Regan era deregulation to the panic of the collapse of insurance, banks and brokerage houses. It then moves on to the signing of the bailout then to the wake of their carnage in the world financial structure. The appalling fact of this is no one went to jail. To the contrary, they all walked off with billions.

Matt Daemon does an excellent job of narrating the facts in a flat unsympathetic tone. The directors are quick to point out those individuals that did not let an interview happen, casting a higher level of doubt to their credibility. All in all, much was exposed and even if 30% of it is true, it is disappointing it ever got to this point.

Unlike Moore, seeing this was a serious piece I appreciated the fact the production wasn't degraded by any comic relief. There was much to love and hate about this film. The production of it was crisp, clean and too the point following a well thought out introduction and ending, but you sure do end up hating capitalism by the time the ending credits start to roll.


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