Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room


1h 50m 2005

Brief Synopsis

The inside story of one of history's greatest business scandals, in which top executives of America's 7th largest company walked away with over one billion dollars while investors and employees lost everything. Based on the best-selling book The Smartest Guys in the Room by Fortune reporters Bethany

Film Details

Also Known As
Black Magic, Enron: Rise and Fall
MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Adaptation
Documentary
Historical
Release Date
2005
Distribution Company
Magnolia Pictures; Lionsgate; Magnolia Home Entertainment; Magnolia Pictures; Mikado Film; Myndform; Paradiso Entertainment; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; Vertice Cine

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Synopsis

The inside story of one of history's greatest business scandals, in which top executives of America's 7th largest company walked away with over one billion dollars while investors and employees lost everything. Based on the best-selling book The Smartest Guys in the Room by Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind and featuring insider accounts and incendiary corporate audio and videotapes, Gibney reveals the almost unimaginable personal excesses of the Enron hierarchy and the utter moral vacuum that posed as corporate philosophy. The film comes to a harrowing denouement as we hear Enron traders' own voices as they wring hundreds of millions of dollars in profits out of the California energy crisis. As a result, we come to understand how the avarice of Enron's traders and their bosses had a shocking and profound domino effect that may shape the face of our economy for years to come.

Film Details

Also Known As
Black Magic, Enron: Rise and Fall
MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Adaptation
Documentary
Historical
Release Date
2005
Distribution Company
Magnolia Pictures; Lionsgate; Magnolia Home Entertainment; Magnolia Pictures; Mikado Film; Myndform; Paradiso Entertainment; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; Vertice Cine

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Award Nominations

Best Documentary Feature

2005

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2005 award for Best Documentary by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA).

Winner of the 2005 award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Writing by the Writers Guild of America.

Released in United States April 29, 2005

Released in United States January 2005

Released in United States March 2005

Released in United States on Video January 17, 2006

Released in United States Spring April 22, 2005

Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival March 11-19, 2005.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Documentary Competition) January 20-30, 2005.

Based on the book "The Smartest Guys In The Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron" written by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind; published by Portfolio September 1, 2003.

Released in United States January 2005 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Documentary Competition) January 20-30, 2005.)

Released in United States on Video January 17, 2006

Released in United States March 2005 (Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival March 11-19, 2005.)

Released in United States Spring April 22, 2005

Released in United States April 29, 2005 (Los Angeles)