Enron-Smartest Guys in the Room

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Based on the best-selling book by Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room details the shocking inside story of one of history's greatest business scandals. Unimaginable personal excesses, and an utter moral vacuum that posed as corporate philosophy, led to top executives of America's seventh largest corporation walking away with over one billion dollars while investors and employees lost everything. Narrated by Peter Coyote, this documentary features insider accounts and incendiary corporate audio and videotapes that will have viewers' blood boiling.


Studio Magnolia Pictures
SKU 202738475
UPC 876964000406
UPC 14 00876964000406
Format HD DVD
Release Date 5/30/2006
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
Cast & Crew
Alex Gibney - Director
Alex Gibney - Screenplay
Alison Ellwood - Editor
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Featuring
Bethany McLean - Based On Book By
Bill Clinton - Featuring
Dick Cheney - Featuring
George W. Bush - Featuring
Gray Davis - Featuring
Jason Kliot - Producer
Jay Leno - Featuring
Maria Shriver - Featuring
Mark Cuban - Executive Producer
Maryse Alberti - Cinematographer
Matthew Hauser - Original Music By
Peter Coyote - Narrated By
Peter Elkind - Based On Book By
Winner (2006) Independent Spirit, Alex Gibney, Best Documentary
Nominee (2006) Oscar, Alex Gibney, Jason Kliot, Best Documentary, Features
Nominee (2005) Sundance Film Festival, Alex Gibney, Grand Jury Prize - Documentary
ReviewSource Variety
Review By turns amazing, amusing and appalling in ways that recall Michael Moore at his most sardonically outraged, "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" earns props simply for clarifying a dauntingly complex tale of financial catastrophe fueled by wanton hubris...Comic relief abounds throughout the pic, particularly when Gibson focuses on Lou Pai, a Skilling lieutenant with an unseemly fondness for strippers. Some juxtapositions of images and music are too clever by half, and a few illustrative sight gags -- including, at one point, a quick cut to a massive bag stenciled with a dollar sign -- border on the juvenile. Pic is at its sharpest, and cuts deepest, when it allows the subjects to hang themselves with their own words and actions.
Reviewer Joe Leydon
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review This is not a political documentary. It is a crime story. No matter what your politics, "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" will make you mad. It tells the story of how Enron rose to become the seventh largest corporation in America with what was essentially a Ponzi scheme, and in its last days looted the retirement funds of its employees to buy a little more time...It is assembled out of a wealth of documentary and video footage, narrated by Peter Coyote, from testimony at congressional hearings, and from interviews with such figures as disillusioned Enron exec Mike Muckleroy and whistle-blower Sherron Watkins. It is best when it sticks to fact, shakier when it goes for visual effects and heavy irony.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Spanish, Subtitled
Entertainment Weekly ...a deeply straightforward yet beautifully crafted documentary...
Los Angeles Times ...a chilling, completely fascinating documentary...
The New York Times ...a tight, fascinating chronicle of arrogance and greed...
Total Film ...a staggering, often blackly comic account of the American dream gone sour...
Ultimate DVD ...packed with more drama, sleaze and wickedness than your average Hollywood pot-boiler...

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