The Wizard of Lies

The Wizard of Lies

DVD - 2017
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It is the headline-making true story about the deceptions, lies and betrayals of Bernie Madoff, the man who masterminded the most heinous financial swindle of our generation
Publisher: [United States] : Hbo, 2017
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD Wizard
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 133 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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richmole
Jan 19, 2018

Interesting: Knew as much as most people in Canada about Bernie Madoff's enormous fraud, that is, that he was arrested and charged with it, and that he went to prison for 150 years or so. That he was most often positioned as "America's Scapegoat" while the "big boys" of Wall Street got off Scott-free after the "meltdown." This movie from veteran director Barry Levinson tells us much more, through the eyes and ears of a real-life reporter (who plays herself convincingly in this movie.)

Fascinating: Madoff's character--or lack of it--and the reactions (and tragic fates) of his immediate family. Also fascinating to learn that scapegoat or not, Madoff really did deserve the punishment he received. $50 billion in vanished "Investments" is no small-time hustle!

Interesting: the angst and anger of those who lost their life-savings and whose own lives were thus savaged--especially in an era of "you are what you earn/spend." What we DON'T see or hear from are the people--and there were thousands--who actually profited by the fraud...because through luck or fear--cashed in before the collapse. Lucky them!

Good performance by Di Nero, but especially Michelle Pfeiffer as Mrs. Madoff.

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abarbieri
Jan 16, 2018

Don’t waste your time. The first 10 to 15 minutes tell the whole story, the rest is just repeating it over and over.

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ralwal
Jan 03, 2018

Most people know the story and I think the previous version was better.

Why the director felt it was necessary to put in a gratuitous scene where one of his guilty employees makes demeaning sexual comments about several women at the party, whilst surrounded by laughing male associates, is disgusting, and has no relevance to the story.

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ecwalker
Dec 23, 2017

I could not watch this dvd. My DVD player said it was damaged, too damaged to see even one minute. I'll try to watch it online

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JackamoJames
Dec 14, 2017

Interesting info on Bernie but the story itself is kinda lame. Nice to see DeNiro as always but I cant say its a must see unless you want to know about the people around him. Not captivating but still interesting .

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hammer59
Nov 29, 2017

This was a difficult watch only because it actually happened. How fraud on this magnitude occurred despite regulatory agencies (probably watching porn instead of working) only shows how imbedded corruption is in Capitalist America. I enjoyed "99 Homes" and "Margin Call"...and the "Big Short" MUCH more entertaining, but they were made by the Big Studios. In the end, you will reap what you sow. I did not appreciate how this movie minimalized the ruin Maddoff caused.

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LauraSteinert
Nov 27, 2017

Worth watching if you have any money invested in stocks, have a broker, or plan to retire before you die of old age. My chest hurt the whole movie! (my husband was bored) Did his sons know or not? Can a wife be that blind? Sure, greedy people didn't care how he made money, but surely one or two employees must have known--were they all idiots?

With the US running trillions of dollars in debt, no gold to back our paper money, and electronic money just a figment of our imaginations, this is a reminder that if people stop believing, it will all come crashing down.

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graybear1
Oct 27, 2017

Well worth a watch (even if you still hate Bernie Madoff). Tells the story mainly of the devastation Madoff caused his family and how he kept his crimes secret from them. Still in prison and still a psycopath (apparently no genuine remorse for what he did to thousands of people, merely the loss of his own freedom & family life). DeNiro does his usual terrific acting job (you'll forget it's him you're watching) and the same for Michelle Pfeiffer (my husband didn't even realize it was her til the end of the movie!). Not an action film, so you'll need to pay attention to dialog.

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