A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.


Nicholas Jarecki
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Robert Miller
Susan Sarandon ... Ellen Miller
Tim Roth ... Det. Michael Bryer
Brit Marling ... Brooke Miller
Laetitia Casta ... Julie Côte
Nate Parker ... Jimmy Grant
Stuart Margolin ... Syd Felder
Chris Eigeman ... Gavin Briar
Graydon Carter ... James Mayfield
Bruce Altman ... Chris Vogler
Larry Pine ... Jeffrey Greenberg
Curtiss Cook ... Det. Mills
Reg E. Cathey ... Earl Monroe
Felix Solis ... A.D.A. Ray Deferlito
Tibor Feldman ... Judge Rittenband


Robert Miller is a successful financial businessman with a loving wife and a smart daughter ready to take over the family business. Professional secrets involving illegal fraudulent activities start coming out at the same time that Robert's personal secrets take a turn for the worse and threaten to derail everything he has achieved. Written by napierslogs

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Power is the best alibi.


Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, brief violent images and drug use | See all certifications »

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Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon played husband and wife once before in the movie Shall We Dance (2004). See more »


When the detectives are talking on the bridge at the scene of the accident, the shadows of the camera crew are visible on the detective's backs. See more »


[first lines]
Maria Bartiromo: But you took a huge bet on the housing crisis in the middle of the biggest boom in housing anybody has ever seen. Why?
Robert Miller: I'm a child of the '50s. My father welded steel for the Navy, and my mother worked at the V.A. They lived through the Depression, Pearl Harbor, and the bomb. They didn't think that bad things might happen. They knew that bad things would happen.
Maria Bartiromo: Is that what's happening now?
Robert Miller: When I was a kid, my favorite teacher was Mr. James. Mr. James said world events all revolve ...
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Crazy Credits

Van Cleef & Arpels, the French jewelry, watch, and perfume company is incorrectly shown as "Van Cleef & Aprels" in the credits roll. See more »


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Written and performed by Gary Anderson (ASCAP)
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Nobody does pretend billionaire as well as Gere
10 April 2013 | by julian-mumfordSee all my reviews

Nobody does make believe billionaire as well as Richard Gere, something about the way he carries himself encourages audiences to believe he really is that rich, powerful and connected.

Robert Miller is a hedge fund magnate with it all, money, beautiful wife (Sarandon) who dabbles in charity work and a son and daughter (Marling) who both work for him, to differing levels of competency.

Miller has decided to sell his firm to a financial company desperate to plug a gap in their suite of services and products. Talking of gaps, Miller is desperately trying to paper over some financial cracks of his own, borrowing the odd $400 million to ensure pre-sale audits go well.

When presented with the first few images and sentiments, those with a healthy dose of cynicism are just waiting to be introduced to Miller's other life. Enter stage left, the struggling beautiful art dealer, who is being kindly helped by Miller to negotiate her way through the perils of small business ownership. Such assistance being mainly bedroom based will come as no surprise.

Of course modern thrillers are like buses, there is always another one around the corner. What sets this apart is the supporting cast, including Tim Roth as Detective Bryer, desperate to nail at least one bad guy protected behind expensive lawyers. Nate Parker as Jimmy, the person Miller calls when he really needs help and of course his wife played by Susan Sarandon, supportive, self aware and enjoying the fruits of his labour.

Central to the film is Gere, who has not always chosen parts wisely in the past but here plays a character he can really sell to the audience. Morally ambiguous, ruthless yet loyal, he manages to make a character we really should not like, somehow likable. Arguably encouraging questionable and morally perplexing empathy from the viewer, as his choices dwindle to rock and hard place territory.

Gere can act and does so here, Roth manages to convey the woes of the world and is especially good in the first scene with Gere. Not so much a modern fable but a story that evokes that feeling afterwards, how far would you go to protect what you have. Also rather curiously, why would you end up rooting for the bad guy?

Not perfect, Britt Marling perhaps not making the most of her emotional scenes. At times the film lacks a harder edge, would Jimmy ever really be that reasonable. However overall, a cut above the mainstream and well worth two hours of your time.


A smart, deliciously amoral tale with a strong turn from Gere, choosing a role that suits his talents. Ignored at the box office but hopefully finding a well deserved following at home.

Good script, pacing and an interesting ending to this financial based thriller that does not require you to know that Arbitrage means to 'take advantage of a price difference between two or more markets'.


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Release Date:

14 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Le Caprice, New York, USA See more »


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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,002,165, 16 September 2012

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