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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

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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 film that cost $20,000,000,000,000 to make 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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Color

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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Robert Gnaizda: Addressing Obama and, quote, 'regulatory reform' - my response, if it was one word, would be 'ha!' There's very little reform... It's a Wall Street government.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.18 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Congratulations
Written by Ben Goldwasser & Andrew VanWyngarden
Performed by MGMT
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Very important
19 November 2010 | by stevespeedySee all my reviews

Ferguson has used the ambush interview popularized by CBS' 60 Minutes to grill both the guilty and the extremely guilty in a way that commercial television will never do for fear of offending its sponsors. The Keiser Report on Russia Today is the only exception.

The film starts with the collapse of the Icelandic banks, although the banking crisis began with Public Service Announcements on talk radio pushing loans for minorities. The banks -- many of them local -- feared congressional investigation coupled with potential charges of dreaded racism, so they arranged loan packages that enabled the marginally qualified to purchase houses. The local banks unloaded the mortgages as has become the norm in the industry. You can forget about such quaint notions as the Bailey Building and Loan anymore. This bubble began in 2006, but the Iceland saga was later in 2008.

YouTube has been showing a satire on the subprime crisis by John Bird and John Fortune that has aired since January 2008 which summarizes this film in 8 minutes. But, this film gets to the root of the problem by mercilessly grilling the shysters. Elliot Spitzer got air time, but even he caught the stinging end of the lash from the producer. Apparently, the vanity of of the players left most of them unprepared. The only drawback to Inside Job is the extensive face-time given to the smarmy George Soros -- the mastermind behind global financial speculation.


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