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The Wizard of Lies (2017)

TV-MA | | Biography, Crime, Drama | TV Movie 20 May 2017
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The fall of Bernie Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme robbed $65 billion from unsuspecting victims; the largest fraud in U.S. history.


Barry Levinson


Sam Levinson (screenplay), John Burnham Schwartz (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Bernie Madoff
Diana Henriques Diana Henriques ... Diana B. Henriques (as Diana B. Henriques)
Nathan Darrow ... Andrew Madoff
Alessandro Nivola ... Mark Madoff
Michael Kostroff ... Peter Madoff
Kathrine Narducci Kathrine Narducci ... Eleanor Squillari
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Ruth Madoff
Steve Coulter ... Martin London
David Lipman ... Martin Flumenbaum
Kelly AuCoin ... Agent Cacioppi
Don Castro ... Agent Kang
Amanda Warren ... SEC Investigator
Mark La Mura ... Ike Sorkin (as Mark LaMura)
Michael A. Goorjian ... Dan Horwitz (as Michael Goorjian)
Sophie von Haselberg ... Nicole De Bello


The fall of Bernie Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme robbed $65 billion from unsuspecting victims; the largest fraud in U.S. history.

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Only those you trust can truly betray you.


Biography | Crime | Drama


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Robert De Niro and Kathrine Narducci appeared in A Bronx Tale (1993). See more »


In a montage in which Bernie is calling Ruth from prison, he leaves her multiple voicemail messages. This is technically impossible to do, as all phone calls placed from federal penitentiaries must be accepted by the person the prisoner is calling. This is to prevent people from receiving unwanted phone calls and voicemail messages from prisoners.

The entire premise of the montage is unrealistic. If prisoners could call whomever they want whenever they want, all kinds of people would receive unwanted and threatening messages, including victims of the prisoners' crimes. See more »


Bernie Madoff: The advisory is a fraud. There are no investments.
Mark Madoff: What are you talking about? Of course there are invesments.
Bernie Madoff: I've made them up.
Mark Madoff: And our every statement?
Bernie Madoff: I've made them up.
Andrew Madoff: I've seen the trades.
Bernie Madoff: They're fake. All fake. Basically, just a big Ponzi scheme.
Ruth Madoff: What's a Ponzi scheme?
Bernie Madoff: I took money from some people, I gave it to others and I'll never... now there's nothing left. There's supposed to be 50 Billion, there's absolutely nothing, it's all gone.
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Written by Claude Feaster, Carl Feaster, Floyd McRae (as Floyd Franklin McRae), James Edwards (as William R. Edwards) & James Keyes (as James C. Keyes)
Performed by The Crew Cuts
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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John Kennedy-Eby's movie pick of the day on HBO
20 May 2017 | by JuvenileHumorSee all my reviews

"In a world full of lies, the most dangerous ones are those we tell ourselves." - Diana Henriques

On March 12, 2009, Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme.

But to describe STUPID, would be the Security Exchange Commission. Madoff said he could have been caught in 2003, but the bumbling Inspector Clouseau's never asked the right questions.

"I was astonished" says Madoff. "They never even looked at my stock records. If investigators had checked with The Depository Trust Company, it would've been easy for them to see. If you're looking at a Ponzi scheme, it's the first thing you do."

Yes, Bernard Madoff is and will always be a dishonest thieving criminal (he's currently serving a life sentence at The FCC Butner in North Carolina). However, when the sh-- hit the fan in 2008 (largely due to the BUSH Administration), the banks and Insurance Companies were actually rewarded with a 700 billion dollar bail out (which was eventually "paid" back at virtually ZERO percent interest)

The moral of the story; When there is GREED, there's always more than just 1 BAD GUY.

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