Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room R

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: January 17, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Magnolia Home Ent
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Feature Commentary
    • Gallery of Enron Cartoons
    • Text/Photos
    • The Original Fortune Magazine articles
    • Featurette:
      1. The Making of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
      2. Enron Company Skits
      3. Enron Commercials
      4. Where Are They Now'

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Entertainment Reviews:

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Total Count: 119


User Ratings: 32,523
Rating: B+ -- goes a long way to explain exactly why Enron imploded Full Review
Old School Reviews
Feb 1, 2006
ENRON is a tight, fascinating chronicle of arrogance and greed...
New York Times
Apr 22, 2005
[A] tale of swaggering arrogance and untrammeled greed....The film's most climactic moments involve the chilling audiotapes of avaricious Enron traders as they toy with California's energy crisis, wringing millions in profits from the misfortune of an entire state.
USA Today
Apr 22, 2005
4 stars out of 5 -- Gibney's film is packed with more drama, sleaze and wickedness than your average Hollywood pot-boiler....[T]his manages to be both shocking and compelling.
Ultimate DVD
Oct 1, 2006
... Enron: the smartest guys in the room pinpoints a moment when corporate morality was shredded like so many tonnes of incriminating documents in a big business run by small, small men. Full Review
New Statesman
Sep 26, 2017
Rating: B+ -- This essential documentary skillfully maps out the shady "mark to market" accounting device that the men who called themselves "the smartest guys in the room" used to commit corporate fraud on a colossal scale. Full Review
May 10, 2009
Rating: 4.5/5 -- The Emperor Has No Energy Full Review
Dec 28, 2005

Product Description:

This searing examination of the Enron accounting scandal reveals the psychology of greed and corporate corruption that facilitated the company's rise to power and also its fall. When Enron went bankrupt in 2001, the principals walked away millionaires--but later faced legal proceedings and jail sentences. Meanwhile, many employees and investors were left with nothing, not even their 401k retirement savings. Shedding light on the new economy of the 1990s when predictions and book-cooking flourished without actual profits, the film shows how it was not Enron alone but a network of bankers, traders, and accountants who turned a blind eye to the company's clearly suspicious numbers. CEO Ken Lay and top dogs Jeff Skilling and Andy Fastow give candid interviews that illustrate their skill at deflecting hard questions and egotistically boasting about the company's success. In one of the company's cold and calculated moves--which caused the California power outages, and lead to the ousting of governor Gray Davis--Enron employees are shown laughing at forest fires. Unbelievable footage of employees reveals unbridled greed, lust for risk-taking, and guiltless cheating, all while thinking they could never be caught. Finally, a few brave whistle-blowers stepped forward, including Bethany McLean, author of the Enron novel upon which this film is based, who wrote an article in Fortune magazine calling the company's bluff. A remarkable documentary which packages the events of the scandal into a cohesive story, this is one film not to miss.

This film screened in the 2005 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.


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  • UPC: 876964000017
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