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The Wizard of Lies (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.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Sam Levinson (screenplay), John Burnham Schwartz (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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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.

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Only those you trust can truly betray you.

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

HBO

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arcyoszust See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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-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 »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Big Noise from Winnetka
Written by Ray Bauduc, Bob Crosby, Bob Haggart & Gil Rodin
Performed by The Club Colette Jazz Band
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I wanted more
26 May 2017 | by levybobSee all my reviews

I wanted more, more of how Bernie Madoff became the man we meet in this film. When we meet him he is already rotten. He is mere months away from his arrest. There is in Robert DiNiro's portrayal title or nothing to like or empathize with. Or care about. What we have is a true sociopath who is found out early in the film, which forces us to see nothing but the devastation left in his wake. This is my way of saying there is no story arc. There are no surprises. What flashbacks there are show Madoff in his personal life but always at his worst. Michelle Pheiffer as Madoff's wife has a small rand unconvincing role. And like her husband, I couldn't care less about her fate. As for the Madoff sons, to some degree this is more their story than anyone else's. And to the degree that I learned quite a bit about them, the film deserves credit. But that is not enough.


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