Rogue Trader (1999)

 


 

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Genre: Crime,Drama,History,Thriller

Rogue Trader (1999)
   
Release Date: 25 June 1999 (UK)
Country: UK
Director: James Dearden
Cast:
  • Ewan McGregor
  • Anna Friel
  • Yves Beneyton
  • Betsy Brantley
  • Caroline Langrishe
  • Nigel Lindsay
  • Tim McInnerny
  • Irene Ng
  • Lee Ross
  • Simon Shepherd
  • John Standing
  • Pip Torrens
  • Tom Wu
  • Daniel York
  • Danny Argyropoulos
  • Guy Boardman
  • Cecil Chang
  • Gerald Chew
  • Joanna David
  • Alexis Denisof
  • Sharon Duce
  • David Fahm
  • Michael Garner
  • Mark Heenehan
  • Ivan Heng
  • Gaurav Kripalani
  • Michelle Lee
  • Peter Sakon Lee
  • Rob Lemming
  • Jennifer Lim
  • Karen Lim
  • Kay Siu Lim
  • Lorna Pegler
  • Peter Quince
  • Cristian Solimeno
  • Douglas Stark
  • Selena Tan
  • Richard Wood


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25 Responses to Rogue Trader (1999)

  1. joshcheesman
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    Does anyone else find Ron Baker massively annoying, and yet at the same time hilarious? Me and my girlfriend have a running joke of quoting his big speech.

    "If you don’t know what the information curve is, then FIND OUT!"

    Ron Baker is the ensemble darkhorse of Rogue Trader.

  2. excel99
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    A disappointing film for several reasons. As an enthusiast trader (small amounts on my own accounts) in stocks, options and forex I was hoping for some insights into the downfall of Leeson, insights into the ‘fear and greed’ spiral that led him to keep compounding his mistakes. Instead, all I see is that he was a simpleton trader who made the typical mistakes of all beginner traders, albeit with a much larger bankroll, and an illegal system of hiding his losses for a while.

    I wish the film had either gone in depth into his psychology, why he did what he did and much more about how it affected him (or didn’t, as the case may be; I doubt he realizes to this day the enormity of what he did), OR delved in depth into the failure of Barings’ corporate structure. In truth, THAT is really what brought Barrings down; any bank worth its salt should KNOW things like this can happen, and that traders under pressure might tend to turn to desperate acts, and do their damndest to INSURE these things don’t happen.

    Also, the implication that Barings failure to unwind the positions on Friday led to the failure is just BS. The fault is ALL Leeson’s. After months of deception building up HUGE positions, the people at Barings must not have understood what they were facing when they got some fax from Leeson saying ‘I’m sorry’ and telling them to close the positions. Barings was basically insolvent based on the losses ON FRIDAY! Panic selling of the position would have guaranteed the demise. Trying to take a slightly more measured approach made perfect sense. Barings wasn’t the party that banked on a miracle, LEESON WAS! Closing the positions on Friday would have meant insolvency. By waiting over the weekend they could try to arrange a white knight saving of the company, and, who knows, maybe the positions would turn around on Monday. If your dead anyway, why not wait and see if the miracle occurs?

    The only insight I really took away from this film is that, considering it’s based on Leeson’s own book, the guy is clearly deluding himself about his culpability.

    On a final note, what’s with the film implying his wife didn’t live up to her promise to ‘love him, even if it all fell apart’? My understanding is that she only left him after she found out about his infidelity while living in Singapore, an embarrassing fact conveniently left out of this poor film.

    Leeson and his story are worthy of a better film than this. I hope someone someday makes such a film–and doesn’t use Leeson’s own book as the primary source.

  3. bojangles1167
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    (SPOILER)—

    i cant believe she left him! im really pissed off lol.

  4. Prem_Raj
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    I dont really like Asian women, but I wouldnt kick Bonnie out of bed. She was seriously lush in this movie.

    – West London is so me –

  5. happyspells
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    at the end of the movie, did it say that he died of cancer in prison??? thats what i remember reading but that can’t be right. he’s alive and apparently given talks to people about his life. maybe i jus mis-read it.

    but what annoyed me about reading that last screen was that his wife left him for another man. i know there’s no reason for me to but i was fustrated about that. coz i like lisa all the way through until that last part, and i like nick and them as a couple, claiming they’d love each other throughout and everything. this might be because it’s written by nick leeson himself so it’s kinda favorable to him. but i really thought whatever happens, they’d still be together, even if physically not possible. guess i’m childish thinking like that.

  6. SyZombie
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    What is the name of the first song that plays during the end credits?

  7. dirt_is_temporary
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    I thought this was a so-so film. It was at times blandly shot, but I found the story relatively captivating. The only thing I think people should be aware of when they watch this, is that Nick Leeson’s action affected thousands of real people. Not just a few rich old farts who lost their money, but all the employees for Barings bank who lossed their jobs. It is shown in a very sympathetic light – yes Leeson was unfortunate and naive but he also *beep* over alot of poor people.

    eh just thought I’d point that out

  8. Anonymous
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  9. Prince_Cageman
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    Ive just rewatched this movie after getting a copy free in the daily mail and remembered how i used to wonder about a certain scene in the movie..

    When McGregor is walking into the bar with George after the drive in his new red porsche (this is the scene that leads to the "bottom exposure") just as McGregor enters the bar he is pulled back by a trader who says "Hi Nick" and McGregor responds… is that trader the real Nick Leeson??? cos im damn sure it is….

  10. Gwasgray
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    Or were they composite characters? I’m talking about the management characters like Ron Baker, Simon Jones, Tony Hawes, Peter Norris and Brenda. Or were they directly based on single individuals with their names changed to prevent libel suits?

  11. kippy_
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    When i first saw this film it was a very bizarre experience because I was watching a film about one of my neighbors being played by one of my favorite actors!

    Nick Leeson lived in my estate in Galway for about a year or so.

    I wasn’t good friends with him or anything but would say hello or Good Morning if passing him on the way to the local shop or something like that. Not sure where he is now.

  12. Prem_Raj
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    Towards the end of the film we saw him running through the trading floor shouting "Three hundred and fifty.Three hundred and fifty. Three hundred and fifty."

    What wxactly was going on?

  13. mc_kris
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    What’s the name of that jungle/electronica track that keeps playing through the film towards the ending? It’s not on the OST which I have…

    Continue The Research!…

  14. Prem_Raj
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    I don’t think this was a credible portrayal. The real Norris couldn’t have been that dim.

  15. Prem_Raj
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    So did Ron, Smug Simon and Lloyd that journo from Reuters

  16. ukjeff
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    The book Rogue Trader is very good

  17. g1zmo
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    The trader thought to have cost one of France’s biggest banks 4.9bn euros ($7.1bn; £3.7bn) is in police custody, say reports quoting judicial sources.

    The fraud was much larger than the transactions by Nick Leeson that brought down Barings Bank.

    more on:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7210889.stm

    and wikipedia

  18. samsport13
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    I was just wondering.. why is this rated "R"?

    "An airport inspector once reconized me from Trainspotting and strip searched me for drugs."

  19. Powerbreak
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    I have seen some pretty bad movies wasted by incompetent directors, and Rogue Trader is one of them. And still this film had a pretty daring and hilarious premisse (based on true events), but it’s just wasted with bad acting, bad scenes, bad timing, bad dialogues and half-ass story-telling. This movie should have been a second Wallstreet! I am waiting for a remake ! It shouldn’t be hard to do better.

  20. deepman24
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    He got a bonus of £130,000 , his co worker ( who worked under him) was driving a Porsche, why on earth was he driving a Civic? havent read the book, but maybe someone can explain.

  21. jaffinar
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    I saw the end of a film Ewan was in and I think it might be this one. At the end does he put something next to the girl which makes her spin around and disappear? If so what was all that about because I didn’t see the rest of the film? And if it wasn’t does anyone know what film that was in? Sorry it’s a rubbish description of what happens!!

  22. Anonymous
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  23. AnyNameGoes
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    Does anyone know any other movies about the financial markets, trading and what is going on apart from Wall Street and Rogue Trader???

  24. soundbite
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    Was this movie released in cinemas or made for TV?

    It’s just I can only seem to find DVDs of this movie in 4:3 aspect. However, the freebie copy in the Mail on Sunday STARTS OFF in 1:2.35 widescreen but then jumps to 4:3 after the credits.

    Anyone?

  25. gbrenna1
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    what is the name of the song that is played when Nick starts to do really well?

    It’s towards the beginning, right after the part with the french guy.

    another thing…

    why isn’t there a soundtrack?

    at the end of the credits it says there is a soundtrack available on SONY records, but i can’t find it anywhere at all.

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