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Inside Job (2010)

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

Director:

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »

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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:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On being interviewed about this film, Henry Rollins likened Charles Ferguson's interviewing technique to "tightening the screws little by little until the interviewee starts to say "Ow.....ow.....ow and then, Stop the camera!" See more »

Goofs

The first time Dominique Strauss-Khan's name is shown, it is misspelled. 'Dominique' is written 'Dominque', and 'Strauss-Kahn' is written 'Straus-Kahn'. See more »

Quotes

title card: The presidents of Harvard University and Columbia University refused to comment on academic conflicts of interest. - Both declined to be interviewed for this film.
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Followed by Too Big to Fail (2011) See more »

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Takin' Care of Business
Written by Randy Bachman
Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A great overview of causes of financial crisis
7 April 2011 | by tnrcooperSee all my reviews

Charles Ferguson also directed the very good "No End In Sight" about the failures of the Bush administration with regard to Iraq and on how poorly thought-through their ideas were on that topic. His focus in this movie is also on the failure of power to prepare for what many could see was a nightmare in the making. Ferguson in this film traces the failure, and in many cases, the unwillingness of government, academic, and financial elites to make policy which ensures financial health for all. Ferguson made a lot of money as an Internet entrepreneur and can now make the film the way he wants, and it's caught on by word of mouth, by virtue of a little man named Oscar, and probably by the zeitgeist.

Ferguson tracks some of the key decisions which greased the rails for the meltdown-from the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act which destroyed the division between investment and savings banks, to the destruction of the reputation of Brooksley Born who had desired to put derivatives under the regulation of the CFTC of which she was the head, to the laissez-faire attitude of Alan Greenspan during his tenure as Fed chief. He interviews academics whose imprimatur and intellectual reputation were made available at a price. Ferguson also notes the popularity of cocaine and prostitutes on Wall Street at the time of this boom.

Ferguson interviews some of the key movers and shakers. If they're unwilling to be interviewed for the film, a message saying that that person declined to be interviewed appears on the screen. This is nearly more damning than if they do participate as it suggests they have something to hide. Ferguson doesn't suffer fools lightly and if he feels that an interviewee is not being straight with him, he is not shy about noting this. This is to our benefit as viewers and ensures that we see who is responsible for what. The movie is paced well, Ferguson is an intelligent, detail-oriented director and Matt Damon narrates the film quite ably.

If you don't know what derivatives are, this is a good film to fill you in, in a substantive and adequate way, on all the key points you need to know in order to understand the crisis. If you have followed the economics news closely, this is an excellent summary of the crisis. This really should be required viewing for all in the US.


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