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Running Time:
110 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is probably the most fascinating business story that's ever been filmed.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Feature commentary with writer/director Alex Gibney; Deleted scenes; The making of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room; Conversation with Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind; Firesign Theatre presents: The Fall of Enron; Additional Enron skits (selection from discovered scripts); Higher definition: The Enron Show; Where are they now?; A gallery of Enron cartoons; The original Fortune magazine article; An index of web sites with the latest information.



Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
This searing examination of the Enron accounting scandal reveals the psychology of greed and corporate corruption that facilitated the company's rise to power and also its fall. When Enron went bankrupt in 2001, the principals walked away millionaires, but eventually faced legal proceedings and jail sentences. Meanwhile, many employees and investors were left with nothing, not even their 401k retirement savings.

Shedding light on the new economy of the 1990s when predictions and book-cooking flourished without actual profits, the film shows how it was not Enron alone but a network of bankers, traders, and accountants who turned a blind eye to the company's clearly suspicious numbers. CEO Ken Lay and top dogs Jeff Skilling and Andy Fastow give candid interviews that illustrate their skill at deflecting hard questions and egotistically boasting about the company's success.

In one of the company's cold and calculated moves--which caused the California power outages, and lead to the ousting of governor Gray Davis, Enron employees are shown laughing at forest fires. Unbelievable footage of employees reveals unbridled greed, lust for risk-taking, and guiltless cheating, all while thinking they could never be caught. Finally, a few brave whistle-blowers stepped forward, including Bethany McLean, author of the Enron novel upon which this film is based, who wrote an article in Fortune magazine calling the company's bluff.

This remarkable documentary takes the events of the scandal and turns it into a cohesive story, making it one film you really should not miss.






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