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Rogue Trader (1999)

The story of Nick Leeson (Ewan McGregor), an ambitious investment broker who singlehandedly bankrupted one of the oldest and most important banks in Britain.

Director:

James Dearden

Writers:

James Dearden, Nick Leeson (autobiography) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ewan McGregor ... Nick Leeson
Anna Friel ... Lisa Leeson
Yves Beneyton Yves Beneyton ... Pierre Beaumarchais
Betsy Brantley Betsy Brantley ... Brenda Granger
Caroline Langrishe ... Ash Lewis
Nigel Lindsay ... Ron Baker
Tim McInnerny ... Tony Hawes
Irene Ng Irene Ng ... Bonnie Lee
Lee Ross ... Danny Argyropoulos
Simon Shepherd ... Peter Norris
John Standing ... Peter Baring
Pip Torrens ... Simon Jones
Tom Wu ... George Seow
Daniel York ... Henry Tan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danny Argyropoulos Danny Argyropoulos ... Trader #1
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Storyline

Ambitious, wide-eyed boy Nick Leeson (Ewan McGregor) is determined to rise in the world and be more than a simple bank clerk. When his employers, Barings Bank, offer him the opportunity to go to Jakarta, Indonesia to sort out a problem that nobody else wants, he seizes the opportunity with both hands. In Jakarta, he meets and marries Lisa (Anna Friel), and together they go to Singapore when the bank offers him the job of setting up their future options trading operation. To save money, the bank allows Nick to operate the floor trading and the back office facilities, and force him to employ cheap, unskilled staff. His first year of trading is a big success, and he makes large profits for the bank, even though he has illegally broken trading rules and secretly covered up losses. Given more freedom, even more money, and continuing unchecked, Nick starts to make losses, and again attempts to trade out of them, but this time he comes unstuck as his illegal trading generates even bigger ... Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Money isn't for greedy people See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Vild satsning See more »

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Budget:

$12,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After David Frost interviewed Nick Leeson in prison, he realized the potential for this movie and optioned the rights to the story. See more »

Goofs

When they are driving the Porsche at speed there are a couple of shots which show the famous Irish Pub, Molly Malone's. The scene was set in 1994, and whilst Molly Malone's is the oldest Irish Pub in Singapore it was only established in 1995. See more »

Quotes

Tony Hawes: You're down for 450, aren't you? Your bonus? Only a week to go.
Nick Leeson: Sorry?
Tony Hawes: Have you thought about what you're going to do with it? Only a week to go.
Nick Leeson: [taps his glass and rises] Excuse me, I have an announcement to make. I know that some of you are worried about our exposure in the market and you're probably wondering about the identity of our mystery customer X. Well, the fact is he doesn't exist. We are the customer, Barings. And if you look properly at the five eights account, which is not a ...
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Connections

Features Dad's Army: No Spring for Frazer (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't Take My Eyes off You
Written by Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio
Performed by Andy Williams
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Interesting story!
19 February 2000 | by alserveSee all my reviews

I found Rogue Trader to be a highly entertaining point of view regarding the Barings bank disaster of the mid 90's, from Nick Leeson himself. I once said, "I'm not crazy to see movies that I know the ending". However, I had to start eating my words after TITANIC. Now, I can add this to the list. Barings was the financial equivalent of the "unsinkable ship" and just like TITANIC, I was on the edge of my seat when the unthinkable was finally realized. A must see, minus heroes.


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