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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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Release Date:

20 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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Arcyoszust See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the fourth collaboration between Barry Levinson and Robert De Niro. The others being Sleepers (1996), Wag the Dog (1997), and What Just Happened (2008). 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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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Written by Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane
Performed by Judy Garland
Courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co.
By arrangement with Warner Bros. Pictures
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Some reviews argue that it should have been a mini series but I argue the opposite, this is perfection! To add would only dilute it. Yes, your left pleading for more but that's not because it's left unsatisfactory. No, it's because during the entire film, you're absolutely riveted and captivated! People, this is Barry Levinsons film, headed by De Niro and Michelle Pheifer! Levinson is a genius at his craft as are the formers. This film is bleak and at times depressing but I promise you never for a second not so engaged in it! De Niro becomes Madoff physically even the way he walks. The cast is incredible. Finally De Niro immersed himself into a character that can portray his craft. This is one vehicle, the cast-directing-editing, that sums up to make a masterpiece! This is by far the most captivating, engaging, riveting movie I've seen this year by far! Do yourself a favor and watch this immediately!

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