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Rogue Trader (1999)

Ewan McGregor , Anna Friel , James Dearden  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Anna Friel, Yves Beneyton, Betsy Brantley, Caroline Langrishe
  • Directors: James Dearden
  • Writers: James Dearden, Edward Whitley, Nick Leeson
  • Producers: Alan J. Wands, Christopher Ball, Claire Chapman, David Frost
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00002RAPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,595 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rogue Trader" on IMDb

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Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 08/03/2004 Rating: R

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel the stress of a rogue trader March 10, 2000
As a previous employee of an investment bank, I found this movie rich with a realistic flavor of how stressful working in a fast paced trading environment can be. With recent headlines about day trading and stock market wealth, you'll find this production a fun topic of conversation as you watch Leeson (Ewan McGregor) risk the bank's capital speculating in Japanese stock index futures on an open out cry trading floor in Singapore. Based on a true story, some might remember reading about the failure of Barings, a major U.K. investment bank, yet McGregor's portrayal still makes you wonder what he will do next.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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on the part of the upper management at Barings. I never cease to be amazed at how unstructured and ineffective many of our most supposed business leaders are. To me that was the best part of the story. How procedure and process is overlooked as long as the 'profits' keep rolling in and the incredible sense of arrogance and invincibility of the elite and powerful. Trades not verified, faxes accepted at face value, funds transferred out of fear rather than sound judgement.
And I found the film rather uncomfortable to watch. A true credit to McGregor's performance. It's almost like I could feel the weight of the incredible strain that he was under. Yet he (Nick Leeson) was also naive and arrogant enough to believe that he alone could move the market.
Although I don't know how true to the facts this film was I certainly felt like the events and atmosphere were honestly and objectively presented.
Unfortunately a film like this, as outstanding as it was, is not a film that I could see myself viewing over and over again. So definitely of 5 star quality but not necessarily a purchase.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It gives some insight! April 28, 2003
This movie is based on the book of the same title and the actual events that occurred to collapse the Barings Bank. I was most impressed by the pace and direction that the director took with this movie.
It had some high energy points, especially when you Ewan McGregor begins to literally lose it as the option selling losses mount. You also see his duplicitous nature in his personal life and his professional life. There is nothing stop the train wreck coming.
A couple of things I didn't like was the misaccurate representation of this being like the stockmarket. The Singapore International Monetary Exchange is a futures and spot market for currency exchange. There were more intense elements that could have been brought in. This is an international scandal where are the Singapore regulators etc. every antagonist needs a solid protagonist and there wasn't one.
I have been involved with futures and options trading for the past 11 years. I know how intense it is to watch the screen as money ticks away from you. This just wasn't easy to convey in the film
Overall it is good insight into a world few will ever know. I think Nick Leeson did a terrible thing, but I my overall verdict is I'm not sure if it deserves a movie. Maybe that's why Singapore banned it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story June 30, 2000
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This film must have gone direct to video in the US because I don't remember seeing a listing for it in theaters. This is a true story of Nick Leeson which it seems is somewhat controversial in Europe, especially in Great Britain. It is always difficult to depict a story from the headlines without controversy, because so many people have already formed opinions about the events from media accounts. This film was taken from Leeson's book, and therefore it depicts him favorably as not such a rogue after all. I'm certain that based upon the emotional reaction to the Barings Bank fiasco, this must have outraged a lot of people.
Here in the states, this news apparently was not quite as sensational as in Europe. Honestly, I must admit that when I was watching this movie, it took me a while to make the connection. I remembered Barings, but not Leeson's name. I had no recollection what happened to him. Since I only knew part of the ending, that made the movie more enjoyable. I suspect this might be the case with a lot American viewers.
This was a terrific film. Ewan McGregor was fabulous as the rogue. You like him right away, with his wide eyed ambition and determination and his blue collar work ethic. He brought great energy to the part and handled the broad range of emotions of his character with great skill.
The story was electrifying and (if you weren't already familiar with every detail) sucked you in with the anticipation of what he would try next to extricate himself. Of course, the story was told from Leeson's perspective and it made him very human, almost romantic and a victim of circumstance. I'm sure this was overly kind to him, but from the standpoint of enjoyment of the film, it worked well.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent character study of Barings Bank Scandal December 13, 1999
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Ewan McGregor turned in a brilliant performance as Nick Leeson, the notorious stock broker who brought down Barings Bank. I thought this movie was fantastic. Ewan McGregor IS the entire movie - his acting is so convincing that I felt great sympathy for the character. The movie offers a very different perspective on the news scandal and I was surpised that I enojyed the film considering the subject matter. I liked this movie so much that I saw it 4 times. I plan to buy it on VHS once it becomes available to the masses.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really great film and excellent quality
Published 5 days ago by stephen patenaude
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This is a good British style movie that illuminates the bankrupting of one of the world's biggest banks because of the reckless actions of a single employee.
Published 6 months ago by Nancy J. Marxsen
5.0 out of 5 stars "Excellent Film Starring Ewan McGregor"
"Rogue Trader" is a 1999 film starring the talented Ewan Mcgregor playing Nick, a trader for a huge bank in London. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Terrance Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Life
I liked the movie. It is interesting to see the way the market works; but I hope is not all the time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elda r garza
5.0 out of 5 stars Gambling With Other Peoples' Money Is Fun If You're A Rogue Trader
When the Great Depression ended the US government passed legislation to prohibit commercial banks from gambling with your money. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Zarathustra
1.0 out of 5 stars Mean Spirited
Wanted to learn about the idea of stock market banksters but treated to nonsense with violence and romance......who cares about women with money at hand?
Published 11 months ago by Jabber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!!
This was a really interesting look into the greed and the do anything for a buck society that we live in. A must see.
Published 13 months ago by Princess Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars "WHAT NOT TO DO" MOVIE
if you saw "Too Big To Fail" this movie falls right in line with it. It's all about the stock market & one persons manipulating of his job to impress the big bosses in London,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Linda J. Sherwood
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCITING MOVIE
My son watched this with me for his International Finance class in college. Film would interest those academically inclined as well as those who don't know much about currency... Read more
Published 18 months ago by BARRY D. GANTT
4.0 out of 5 stars International Intrique
Crossing the line to be successful in a foreign country is as addicting as it is in the U.S.. This was big. Once started, it's impossible to turn around, as per Isaac Newton i.e. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michael Flemister
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