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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True Story, well paced drama
This film tells the true story of Nick Leeson, the floor trader on Simex Singaopre, who singly handedly broke Barings Bank, in the mid '90's. Of how one mans ambition was overcome by pressures, and in turn, reckless gambling.
An incredible aspect of this case was to me, how Leeson covered up for so long, and hoodwinked so many, who it seemed, according to the film,...
Published on 26 Oct 2003 by Mark Antony

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK as Part One
I enjoyed the film as a skate over the events leading up to Leeson's arrest. Some of the more interesting parts of the episode actually occurred after his arrest and it's a pity that time constraints on film can never do that justice. The suspicion, accusations and ramifications on the people associated with Leeson, after he fled. Danny (Argyropoulos) was not...
Published on 10 July 2000


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True Story, well paced drama, 26 Oct 2003
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Mark Antony (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rogue Trader [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
This film tells the true story of Nick Leeson, the floor trader on Simex Singaopre, who singly handedly broke Barings Bank, in the mid '90's. Of how one mans ambition was overcome by pressures, and in turn, reckless gambling.
An incredible aspect of this case was to me, how Leeson covered up for so long, and hoodwinked so many, who it seemed, according to the film, were so wrapped up in their own company rhetoric they simply wanted to believe in Leeson. The regional manager in Singapore had never even heard of the name of the brokerage house Leeson used to "invent" a trade to cover the missing and ever increasing deficit being incured in the "88888" account, a supposed customer account, but in reality, an back office error account.
The pace of the story is very well done here. My only gripe is, for a film with excellent supporting cast, why did they take so little care over the choice of the leading players? McGreggor is convincing as Leeson only when the sickly scenes with his wife are not on screen, the hoplessly miscast Lisa.
Some may find the numerous and fast financial terms not easy to follow. But a fascinating story, with great use of background music.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting!, 18 Feb 2001
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After reading the book, I wasn't sure what this film would offer. However Ewan McGreggor made the character of Nick Leeson come to life and brought all of the thrill of the story into my living room! I agree with the other viewers in that Lisa's character was poorly acted in the film and does not accurately reflect the intelligence and passion which Lisa felt for Nick. I would recommend you buy this film, it is certainly worth the money as a companion to the book - you can watch it time after time and still see something new in it everytime. Good luck Nick!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quickfire tale of a banking earthquake, 4 Feb 2008
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This review is from: Rogue Trader [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Nick Leeson is probably the most infamous bank employee of modern times and Ewan McGregor does a good job in this dramatisation of how one poorly supervised operative could bankrupt a centuries old financial institution from thousands of miles away (in Singapore).

There are myriads of ordinary people who get into personal debt and then spiral in order to make it up. Leeson though didn't personally profit from his large scale fraud and deception. Instead he was able to exploit faults in the audit system of his employers while appearing to make them money from the futures markets - until his activities were eventually uncovered in February 1995.

The film is told from Leeson's point of view (as it's based on his book of the same name which he wrote while doing time in a Singapore jail).

Has the banking system changed to prevent such catastrophes? Ironically, Societe Generale is mentioned in this film as well...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Ewan's best performances, 4 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Rogue Trader [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Every major actor has a film or two which don't relieve the full credit they deserve, 'Rogue Trader' is one of Ewan McGregor's.

The film is a very informative account of the real life story of Nick Leeson, the infamous working class trader whose's financial risk-taking destroyed Barings Bank in the nineteens. It's isn't a documentary style film, but a compelling insight into Nick Lesson's world. With it based on such an interesting story, there is plenty of suspense and excitement throughout. 'Rogue Trader' is based on Leeson's memoirs of the same name and takes you on journey from the heyday of his criminal activities up to his arrest.

Ewan McGregor is excellent in this plum role, I can't even think of an actor who could have played it better, his acting was realistic and he looked the part of a banker. In fact, the character of Nick is so likable on screen, I was actually hoping for him to get away with his ambitious schemes at times. Of course, we know that (rightly) didn't happen.

'Rogue Trader' is a neglected gem in Ewan McGregor's filmography. An interesting story, a well done film and a terrfic performance from the always versatile Ewan.

Nick Leeson by the way is now an in-demand after-dinner and conference speaker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK as Part One, 10 July 2000
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I enjoyed the film as a skate over the events leading up to Leeson's arrest. Some of the more interesting parts of the episode actually occurred after his arrest and it's a pity that time constraints on film can never do that justice. The suspicion, accusations and ramifications on the people associated with Leeson, after he fled. Danny (Argyropoulos) was not authentically portrayed either as he is, and was, teetotal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story for the uninitiated ....., 15 Nov 2012
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The good thing about this films is it can be enjoyed on several different levels. I don't mean that in an artistic pretentious way, I mean for example there's a whole morality issue developing here, there's also a little bit of the mechanics of trading explained, and there's simply the drama of the film. For example you don't have to understand the concept of margin calls to enjoy the film not do you have to be an economist to understand what Nick Leeson was trying to do in making the market. It's an easily understood film and the resulting behaviour and crises that develops can be facinating for anyone and everyone on many levels. The morality of what happened is another concept all together. Good film. I'm just let my son who's started economics and is having thoughts of being a broker, watch this. It's a good film for showing how things can quickly spiral out of control and the fear and greed of the markets can be seen clearly. Compulsive watching for anyone aspiring to go into this world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK film nothing special, 12 Sep 2010
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A. Auken (Copenhagen , Denmark) - See all my reviews
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Follows the book quite closely. Should have been more about the characters personal life. It is clear that Nick Leeson could have avoided all his problems but the combination of very poor management (no separation between trading and settlement) and Nick Leesons risk seeking mentality was explosive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More excuse than expose, but slick enough, 14 Dec 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rogue Trader [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Rogue Trader is a surprisingly slick and enjoyable number just as long as you can overlook its very distant relation to truth about the downfall of Barings Bank in the wake of massive losses and fraud perpetrated by one of its Singapore traders. There's at least two generations who grew up never realizing that producer David Frost used to a vicious satirist, and this is the movie equivalent of one of his interviews, going along with his subjects' account of events no matter how outrageous the excuses become: here he seems to have blown several million pounds providing a celluloid alibi for a dodgy dealer. Thus Ewan McGregor's Nick Leeson becomes a loveable cockney who only got into this mess to save a bullied colleague's job and to save managements' bonuses without disappointing his wife or the memory of his dear old mum. You keep on expecting him to break out into a chorus of Chim Chiminey or start dancing with animated penguins (he's certainly got the blazer for it). Still, with recent events in France the film has aquired a new topicality.

Not much money went into the DVD - just a fullframe transfer and trailer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real nail biter, which never lets up!, 10 Jan 2006
This review is from: Rogue Trader [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Rogue Trader is an awesome film which showcases the skills of Ewan McGregor and his many talents. Anna Friel also gives a great performance as McGregor's wife Lisa.
The film is a true story about the life of Nick Leeson who pulled off one of the biggest frauds in history. There is also a fantastic supporting cast and the script is well written.
I would highly recommend this film to any Ewan McGregor fan or anyone who likes a good nail biter.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Corporate Complacency, 14 Aug 2008
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Robert Park (Kirriemuir, Scotland UK) - See all my reviews
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As an entertaining film this one is as good as any; whether it is re-watchable is doubtful but nonetheless it is good entertainment. Ewan McGregor does the film justice but it was difficult to believe in Anna Friel's part as Lisa. It is, of course, a docudrama in style.

There is more than one theme weaving its way through this story the main one being the complacency of institutional management closely followed by incompetence of those whose responsibility is to ensure the efficiency of the organisation's operations so it is an expose of the fissures of monolithic management structures. It is the same tale as the story of the 'Million Dollar Bubble' that occurred in the US a few years ago.

The culpability for this disaster and its criminal aspect lay with Leeson's immediate supervisor and the prevailing corporate cultural attitudes and certainly not with Leeson who was used as the 'sacrificial lamb' to placate our sense of justice.

In addition to being a good story it is also a model of human vulnerabilities and in this respect it is well deserving of 5*.

I enjoyed watching the film and recommend it as worthy entertainment and may it be said, educational too.
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