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The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron (2007)

Christian Kane , Shannon Elizabeth , Penelope Spheeris  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Kane, Shannon Elizabeth, Brian Dennehy, Cameron Bancroft, Nancy Sakovich
  • Directors: Penelope Spheeris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WM4R1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,853 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron" on IMDb

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Based on the Best-Selling Book "Anatomy of Greed" by Former Enron Employee Brian Cruver.
Brian Cruver, an ambitious 26-year-old who lands a job at Enron, is soon dazzled by the company's get-rich-quick mantra and rumors of million-dollar bonuses. As Brian assimilates with the Enron culture, spending sprees and wild corporate "gatherings" become the norm. But when Enron abruptly files for bankruptcy, Cruver discovers he's just a pawn in a failing game of corporate greed--one that made the rich richer...while the rest lost everything.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but not enough Brian Dennehy or Mike Farrell August 20, 2008
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For a movie about naked, corrupt greed that by rights should make you angry, "The Crooked E" is still fun because it won't let you forget it's a formulaic, cheesy TV movie. It's billed as starring Brian Dennehy, but he's really a peripheral character who shows up less than half a dozen times as a mentor of sorts for the main character, a fresh-faced, newly hired Enron underling. Dennehy elevates the movie every time he shows up, though. Because the movie revolves around the underling's ups and downs, Mike Farrell as Ken Lay is also mostly wasted in a largely two-dimensional role, giving pep talks to the troops about the stock even as he was dumping it.

If you go in understanding that this movie isn't about Brian Dennehy's or Mike Farrell's characters, and is rather cliched in its moralizing, you'll have a good time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This was pretty good! March 17, 2009
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Honestly, I think the more negative reviews are because the subject of the story is so painful to watch. Then again I watched this because I LOOVE Christian Kane. I almost didn't though because it was such a depressing and sad memory but acting-wise, it was really a pretty good movie.

And of course, Christian was excellent. He played a young college-grad who got caught up in the big leagues and big money and ignored the warning signs of pending doom; he was progressively horrible to his fiancee and finally see the big e falling. You had to get through the beginning of the movie but I actually liked it in the end. Worth watching. Well done, CK.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE BRIAN CRUVER STORY November 8, 2010
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The movie is about Brian Cruver who hired on to Enron in 2001. His life at Enron runs parallel to the company as he over extends his credit based on future earnings. About the best thing you can say about the movie is it shows us how the microcosm reflects the macrocosm, or vice-versa. This is a dummy down version of what happened.

It is not political, nor does it do justice to havoc Enron did to the world, but rather focused on a small group of people in one department and how it affected their lives, including buying more Enron stock as it was tanking because they were all drinking Enron Kool-aid. Don't expect a hard hitting docudrama.

This is a rather lame, made for TV type movie, which also focuses on how Enron ruined "the relationship." Mike Farrell (Alan Alda light) gives us a stinker of a performance as Ken Lay, clearly miscast for the role.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Job February 10, 2014
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There is a lot to the story of Enron that can't be told in one movie but I have to admit that this did a good job at getting to the crux of what happened from Brian's perspective. It was well acted and the narrative style helped to move the story along but there is so much that was left unsaid. The movie left me wanting to know what has happened to the people--including Brian Cruver--since the fall of Enron. The fact that I'm still interested as opposed to not caring is a testament that this is a wet-your-whistle good movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Crooked E DVD March 24, 2013
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I absolutely loved this movie!!! Christian Kane was sensational!!!!! I learned more about the Enron scandal, and how they sucked so many people into the scam!!!! I'm glad those people are behind bars!!! But, it's sad so many were hurt and ruined by the greed of a a few!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Movie January 13, 2013
By voyager
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I had no idea what the deal was with Enron and now I know a little more through the eyes of a man who was employed during it's final months. The acting is excellent, the story is well told.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie November 25, 2011
By Bruin
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A great story reflecting the truth about Enron. One of the biggest scandals ever to happen, viewed from the point of an employee who fell into the culture of that company and almost lost his fiance in the process.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Crooked E August 5, 2010
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This was a good behind-the-scenes look at the downfall of Enron. Christian Kane as always provides a great performance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, not great but it is entertaining.
The Crooked E is a fairly entertaining story (key word being story) of Brian Cruver and his experiences in the year he worked at Enron. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Strommy
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent documentary.
Enron was all about corporate greed.we finally get the truth about enron.they were greedy and that's why they went belly up.documentaries worth having in your library.
Published 1 month ago by jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay!
Awesome movie, bought only for Christian Kane. Well worth the purchase as he does an amazing job playing someone who had the world and lost it.
Published 5 months ago by Marbles
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame
Get movie "The Smartest Guys in the Room." Don't waste your time on this. No plot, no story, good actors with no lines. ????
Published 6 months ago by Alistair Crowley
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not gripping
Interesting but not a really good build up of the situation You may well find yourself walking away for fresh coffee, but still want to see the end. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Meindert
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and educational
This is how corp. greed works and still does. Very educational & eye opening. I thought the video was well done because you could relate to the characters & see how they got... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable
It's a shame that this movie doesn't have spanish subtitles. It is a very accurate history and the drama is ok.
Published on July 30, 2012 by Gustavo Vanegas F
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