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Margin Call

(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Set in the high-stakes world of Wall Street, Margin Call is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster.
Title: Margin call
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, c2011.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: audio commentary; the making of; deleted scenes; moments with the cast and crew; photo gallery.
Summary: Set in the high-stakes world of Wall Street, Margin Call is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster.
Audience: MPAA rating R for language.
Statement of Responsibility: Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions and Benaroya Pictures present ; produced by Robert Ogden Barnum and Corey Moosa ; written and directed by J.C. Chandor
Credits: Director of photography, Frank Demarco ; editor, Pete Beaudreau ; original music by Nathan Larson ; costume designer, Caroline Duncan.
Performers: Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell.
System Details: DVD, widescreen (1.78:1), 5.1 Dolby Digital EX Audio.
Other Language: English dialogue; English or Spanish subtitles; closed captioned.
Subject Headings: Financial crises United States Drama. Securities industry United States Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Feature films.
Topical Term: Financial crises
Securities industry
Publisher No: 31690
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Jun 14, 2014
  • Kerry705_SPL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great (& scary) movie!!!

Wall Street greed at it's worst. Reminiscent of "Rollover" with Jane Fonda, Kris Kristoferson & Hume Cronyn; another great (& scary) movie about the workings of the world-wide financial industry.

Feb 13, 2014
  • bears1985 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great acting scary scary story

Feb 08, 2014
  • JOSEPH DENHAM rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a very good movie, with excellent acting from the ensemble cast.

Dec 30, 2013
  • eliasmerkins rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A good and well directed American film about Corporate greed. Interesting to watch and a good film to discuss. Direction is good and some actors really shine.

I liked the use of yellow.

Sep 03, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

(Stargladiator, glad to provide you with 90% of your comment!) This was a dark, boring movie. And what is worse—as I expected—it doesn’t deliver the truth of what really happened. It has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with greed (*), but with government interference. Freddie Mac and Fannie May (i.e., government) coerced banks and mortgage lenders to make risky loans; and here comes Market-to-Market accounting rule changes that made valuable assets worthless over-night—thus Margin Call. This was a result of government interference with business, not greed. The beauty of Capitalism is that it should work by itself; when government interferes it is no longer Capitalism, and huge messes happen. It is a pity that the movie was not really informative. Also quite disappointing is the dialogue when one of the guys seems outraged at how much money his boss made. It always amazes me how quick people are to judge business people for the (hard-earned) money they make, while completely ignoring, for example, movie actors and TV celebrities! Besides, who do they think they are to decide how much money someone makes—or how much is too much, for that matter? (*) Incidentally, greed is a word that bugs me; when people try to buy cheap goods, for example, are they being greedy? I guess you get my point! But if you don’t, read this wonderful article: http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2012/01/04/i_love_greed/page/full/ (I’m surprised that staff belonging to the Richmond Hill Public Library—greatwhitenorth—would write a comment attacking me, a patron from another library; but, again, my comments have been censored throughout this web site, so it might be unethical, but not THAT surprising…)

Sep 03, 2013
  • gosselil rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting look into the beginning os the financial crisis. Good cast including Zachary Quinto (Spock), and Kevin Spacey. The scenes between Spacey and Jeremy Iron are also very good.

A boring movie, although accurate in the general sense (sounds like a portrayal of Lehman Brothers, which illegally hid their debt by creating R3 Capital Partners, a hedge fund, staffed by Lehman people on the next floor up from their NY offices, where they moved billions of dollars of debt to) and I normally love the acting of Kevin Spacey (which was still good). The specious comments by EuSei below ignore all the facts: "This was a result of government interference with business, not greed." - - which isn't what the commenter really means, although the memos exposed by Greg Palast (between Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner during the Clinton administration) are absolute proof of the collusion between them, Robert Rubin and the top banksters, as to masterminding the 20-year criminal conspiracy to perpetrate the largest financial fraud in human history, i.e., making the signatories to the WTO's Financial Services Agreement accept credit derivatives into their banks along with ending any separation a la Glass-Steagall between speculation and real banking! EuSei also says: "The beauty of Capitalism is that it should work by itself.." Uugh, the horror of capitlism is that it is based upon illegal, unethical land confiscation in order to deprive people of self-sustainment, instead driving them to wage labor, benefitting the vulture land owners! That IS history! Just as Real History is JPMorgan Chase inventing the naked swap (the credit default swap, thanks to Blythe Masters), and the Fraudclosure cycle to steal people's assets! EnSui's phony and false assertions about mortgage loans is cretinous; such loans were but a drop in the bucket of ALL securitized loans which they sold trillions of dollars of credit derivatives against: commercial loans, corporate loans, etc., etc. The commenter EuSei claims their trillions of stolen dollars via selling endless layers of debt, then speculating on said debt, then purchasing "unregulated insurance" in the form of naked swaps, or uncovered credit default swaps against said debt, especially when they created those trashy debt constructs to begin with (John Paulson's hedge fund with Goldman Sachs - - the Abacus CDO / / / the 96% failed business deals of Magnetar Capital hedge fund, which netted their principals billions and so on) were "hard earned" money?!?!?!? Jesse James and the Dalton gang also "earned" their money, as did Al Capone, I guess.....

Jun 20, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

You should suspect the people giving this movie 4 or 5 stars do so because of their left-wing politics, not because of the movie itself. This was a dark, boring movie. And what is worse—as I expected—it doesn’t deliver the truth of what really happened. It has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with greed (*), but with government interference. Freddie Mac and Fannie May (i.e., government) coerced banks and mortgage lenders to make risky loans; and here comes Market-to-Market accounting rule changes that made valuable assets worthless over-night—thus Margin Call. This was a result of government interference with business, not greed. The beauty of Capitalism is that it should work by itself; when government interferes it is no longer Capitalism, and huge messes happen. It is a pity that the movie was not really informative. Also quite disappointing is the dialogue when one of the guys seems outraged at how much money his boss made. It always amazes me how quick people are to judge business people for the (hard-earned) money they make, while completely ignoring, for example, movie actors and TV celebrities! Besides, who do they think they are to decide how much money someone makes—or how much is too much, for that matter? (*) Incidentally, greed is a word that bugs me; when people try to buy cheap goods, for example, are they being greedy? I guess you get my point! But if you don’t, read this wonderful article: http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2012/01/04/i_love_greed/page/full/ (I’m surprised that staff belonging to the Richmond Hill Public Library would write a comment attacking me, a patron from another library; but, again, my comments have been censored throughout this web site, so it might be unethical, but not THAT surprising…)

May 25, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A financial company is set to sell to customers who did not realize they were buying junk. This would cause the whole country to go into a stock market crash. Great acting to portray individuals annually making 6 to 8 figures with severance packages in the millions. There are a few moments where the financiers reminisce about when they used to actually make things (bridges, airplanes). They realize that with their new job, they are just inventing financial products that produce nothing except money for Wall Street. Rotten Tomatoes indicates that 88% of movie critics favor this movie. You should suspect that those people here giving the movie 1/2 or 1 star do so because of their right-wing politics, not because of the movie itself.

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Nov 16, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: LOTS of f words.

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May 20, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

From imd: John Tuld: So you think we might have put a few people out of business today. That its all for naught. You've been doing that everyday for almost forty years Sam. And if this is all for naught then so is everything out there. Its just money; its made up. Pieces of paper with pictures on it so we don't have to kill each other just to get something to eat. It's not wrong. And it's certainly no different today than its ever been. 1637, 1797, 1819, 37, 57, 84, 1901, 07, 29, 1937, 1974, 1987-Jesus, didn't that fuck up me up good-92, 97, 2000 and whatever we want to call this. It's all just the same thing over and over; we can't help ourselves. ... And there have always been and there always will be the same percentage of winners and losers. Happy foxes and sad sacks. Fat cats and starving dogs in this world. ...

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