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At approximately 8:30am on December 11th, 2008 two federal agents entered the New York City penthouse of 133 East 64th Street and arrested Bernard Madoff, the admitted mastermind behind the largest act of financial fraud in world history. Ten years prior, Boston based securities analyst Harry Markopolos discovered that Bernard L. Madoff Securities was a Ponzi scheme.
 
Based on the New York Times best-seller No One Would Listen, CHASING MADOFF is the compelling story of how Markopolos and his team of investigators pieced together a chain of white-collar predators and revealed some of the most frightening truths behind the infamous scandal.


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  • Actors: n, a
  • Directors: Jeff Prosserman
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Z7Z3IG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,769 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2013
Format: DVD
Everyone should watch this documentary, even if you think you're familiar with the Madoff story.
The media did not report on a lot of the details, and there are things here that you may not have not heard before.
The main thing is that the Madoff Ponzi scheme was much bigger than most people realize; it was truly global in scope and people all the way up to many European royal families (and perhaps Prince Charles) were affected.
Also, Madoff did not act alone. He kept the smallest slice of the pie for himself and made sure that all the feeder funds made big money. There was also offshore or "dark" money invested in Madoff's scheme.

Because of this, Markopolos had valid reason to fear for his life.

Also, prior to watching this documentary, I was not aware of the story of Thierry de la Villehuchet, which was tragic. Markopolos seems to think he was involved with head-hunting for Bernie, while Harry's colleague Frank Casey believes Thierry was an honorable man who got duped like everyone else. Either way, it was sad to hear how he despaired and took his own life when the scheme came crashing down.
Also the story that Frank Casey tells of "Abe" and his failed attempt to warn his new wife and father-in-law to not invest was sobering and sad to hear.
Saddest of all is that almost no one listened to Markopolos and his colleagues; the economy is what brought Madoff down. Even though Markopolos was invited to testify before Congress, and received praise from some representatives, you could tell he was not a welcome guest there; but they finally had to listen to him since the scheme had blown up due to the financial collapse.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Liv on May 10, 2012
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Although this was probably a low budget film, it is something most people should see. It is mindboggling that the offices who should have discovered the fraud did not, including the media. it seems they were afraid of powerful people in high places.I am glad I purcased this film from Amazon
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By robin on May 20, 2013
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First off, let me just say that I highly respect Mr. Markopolos and fully acknowledge that he was one of the few people who labored mightily to bring down the Madoff fraud. Unfortunately this documentary comes up way short when discussing the nature of the Madoff scheme, then quickly drowns in over-dramatizations of Markopolos extreme paranoia.

If you wish to gain a better understating of the Maddof affair and how Harry Markopolos fits into the picture, I highly recommend Frontline's documentary on this topic, or Diana B. Henriques book "The Wizard of Lies." If you want to see 45 minutes of extraneous footage of Mr. Markopolos loading clips into handguns, putting on body armor, or peeking through blinds, this is the movie for you.

Look, I get that Mr. Markopolos probably felt a great deal of stress going up against someone as powerful as Madoff, but in hindsight the level of his panic was probably not justified; the story since revealed shows that Madoff didn't regard Markopolos or the Media as anything other than a small roadblock to amassing new clients. Markopolos really jumps the shark when, after the Maddof scheme implodes, he becomes absolutely convinced that the SEC is imminently going to execute a raid on his home and assassinate him and his family in order to hide the evidence of the SECs failings. He has his wife stand at the top of stairs, gun drawn, with instructions to shoot anyone who tries to enter; meanwhile he goes to a nearby pizza shop to fax some documents to a reporter. The whole segment is absolutely bizarre.

Frankly, if Markopolos acted at all in person like he comes off toward the end of this documentary, I can understand why so many people wrote him off as someone whom not to take seriously. This in no way excuses the SEC from its failure to act however. Harry Markopolos was absolutely right about Maddoff, it is just a shame that he was so ineffective at making the case to everyone else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Grean on November 6, 2012
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I was actually hoping for more on Madoff himself than to hear again just how frightened the whistle-blower was with more than a couple of filmed references to his children who are sweet but it felt like feather-bedding. I may not watch it again and I own it!.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By usp45x on November 4, 2014
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This doc stinks to high heaven. It doesn't even come close to other examples in this category like Inside Job, The Smartest Guy in the Room or the Frontline doc that does real justice to the Madoff scheme. There is no doubt that the people in the doc did a great thing for running down all this information and trying to convince the SEC and the media that Madoff was running a scam. The issue I take, like many others here is that the information portrayed in a manner that makes it almost ridiculous. All the cut scenes that make it seem like this is some kind of mobbed up concoction is stupid. Markopolos infers that his family and wife were in direct danger of being murdered by either Madoff or the SEC. Please, I can understand the stress was high, but this isn't a movie. His paranoia is rampant and really detracts from the story over all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stratman on June 9, 2014
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This is less about Bernie Madoff and how he engineered his scheme than it is about Harry Markopolos and his shameless self-promotion of his role in exposing the fraud (ultimately, it was the market itself that toppled Madoff, not Markopolos). The film showed some promise at first, but by the halfway point I found myself cringing at Markoplos's over-the-top self-aggrandizement. He's an insufferable character who'd have you believe he was in danger of being gunned down not only by Madoff but the SEC (as if the latter was the CIA or something). If you've seen the Frontline episode, you won't learn anything new here (half the film consists of dramatic filler). If you haven't seen the Frontline documentary, opt for that one and run, don't walk, from this one.
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