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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 »
1,572 ( 131)
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 17 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 ... 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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20 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


-The film's premiere drew 1.5 million viewers, making it HBO's largest premiere viewership for an HBO film in four years; additional replays and viewings through the network's streaming service brought the film's total viewers to 2.4 million for its premiere weekend. See more »


When Mark Madoff's wife checks her phone the morning of his suicide, she has 4 messages from him. She opens the first two, which are dated December 11, 2010. However, the screen showing the list of text messages has all 4 of them dated 9/30/2015. 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 Jimmy Beaumont (as James Beaumont), Wally Lester (as Walter Lester), Joseph Rock, Jack Taylor (as John Taylor), Joe Verscharen (as Joseph Verscharen) & Janet Vogel
Performed by The Skyliners
Courtesy of The Bicycle Music Company
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Besides DeNiro, a Disappointing Bore
22 May 2017 | by kingbk-2See all my reviews

I was really looking forward to this. I thought this was going to be great. Robert DeNiro, HBO, Michelle Pfeffier, a very interesting story about one of the most successful conmen in our country, how could this go wrong? Unfortunately, it does from the beginning. The problem with this movie is that the writing puts it down a path that is uninteresting. We don't learn much about Madolff, his family or why he got to where he is today. Instead, it's a series of interviews Madolff has with a NY Times writer while in prison. The story is told in a mix of flash forwards and flashbacks, never developing much of a rhythm. I started getting bored with the slow dialogue and unfolding of scenes that really didn't tell me much at all. Hank Azaria plays a great villain, but why do we need to hear 10 minutes of a disgusting joke to get that point? There's just no build up or conclusion. What we get is a man who knows what he did was wrong and keeping it from his unlikable family. I had no sympathy. The Madolff scandal is a very interesting story, it's too bad it wasn't told in an interesting, thought provoking way.

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