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Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron [DVD]

2.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Christian Kane, Shannon Elizabeth, Cameron Bancroft, Nancy Anne Sakovich, Natalie Brown
  • Directors: Penelope Spheeris
  • Producers: Robert Greenwald, Robert F. Phillips
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Brightspark
  • DVD Release Date: 20 July 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002B847NA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,397 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Based on the Best-Selling Book 'Anatomy of Greed' by Former Enron Employee

Brian Cruver, an ambitious 26-year-old who lands a job at Enron, is soon dazzled by the company's get-rich-quick mantra and rumors of million-dollar bonuses. As Brian assimilates with the Enron culture, spending sprees and wild corporate 'gatherings' become the norm. But when Enron abruptly files for bankruptcy, Cruver discovers he's just a pawn in a failing game of corporate greed--one that made the rich richer...while the rest lost everything.

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By Torben Retboll TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2016
Format: DVD
“The Crooked E: The Unshredded truth about Enron” is a 2003 movie that is based on a true story. Here is some basic information about it:

** Directed by Penelope Spheeris
** Written by Steven Mazur
** Run time: 80 minutes

This film is a dramatized story about the last days of Enron, the giant US company that crashed in October-November-December 2001. It is based on the book Enron: Anatomy of Greed by Brian Cruver (2003). The author worked for the company for less than one year, from April to December 2001.

The cast includes the following:

** Christian Kane as Brian Cruver
** Shannon Elizabeth as Courtney (his fiancée)
** Brian Dennehy as Mr Blue

** Mike Farrell as Kenneth Lay
** John Ted Wayne as Jeff Skilling
** Natalie Brown as Amber St. Pierre (Miss April)

** Jennifer Hill as Miss August
** Cameron Bancroft as Duffy
** Jonas Chernick as Bernie Bickers (Brian’s friend)

Some of these characters are real persons, such as Brian Cruver, Kenneth Lay and Jeff Skilling, while other characters are fictional, such as Mr Blue, Miss April and Miss August.

Neither Brian’s fiancée Courtney nor his colleague Duffy has a last name. Perhaps this surprising detail is a sign that this film is not really a serious project, even though the topic covered by the film is very serious.

The characters are thin; they have no real substance; they are like cartoons. When Brian enters Enron’s building for the first time, he is impressed by its size, as if he has never seen a huge building before.
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2013
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The movie is about Brian Cruver who hired on to Enron in 2001. His life at Enron runs parallel to the company as he over extends his credit based on future earnings. About the best thing you can say about the movie is it shows us how the microcosm reflects the macrocosm, or vice-versa. This is a dummy down version of what happened.

It is not political, nor does it do justice to havoc Enron did to the world, but rather focused on a small group of people in one department and how it affected their lives, including buying more Enron stock as it was tanking because they were all drinking Enron Kool-aid. Don't expect a hard hitting docudrama.

This is a rather lame, made for TV type movie, which also focuses on how Enron ruined "the relationship." Mike Farrell (Alan Alda light) gives us a stinker of a performance as Ken Lay, clearly miscast for the role.
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I'm a huge fan of anything relating to corporate scandals and the shady things in the world of banking. I enjoyed very much the document 'Enron - The Smartest Guys In The Room'. So, it was only natural I ordered this one too. Boy was it a wrong move.

This movie never gets going, and it feels very stiff. The cast is not interesting enough and you won't get anything new on Enron.

After watching this feature film I was sorry I lost some 1.5 hours of my life. If you want to waste some of your time, you should definately watch this flick.
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good value and quality productand delivery was good as well came in the time that was stated very pleased with it
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8b4826c0) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b499258) out of 5 stars Fun, but not enough Brian Dennehy or Mike Farrell 20 Aug. 2008
By DesiluTrek - Published on Amazon.com
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For a movie about naked, corrupt greed that by rights should make you angry, "The Crooked E" is still fun because it won't let you forget it's a formulaic, cheesy TV movie. It's billed as starring Brian Dennehy, but he's really a peripheral character who shows up less than half a dozen times as a mentor of sorts for the main character, a fresh-faced, newly hired Enron underling. Dennehy elevates the movie every time he shows up, though. Because the movie revolves around the underling's ups and downs, Mike Farrell as Ken Lay is also mostly wasted in a largely two-dimensional role, giving pep talks to the troops about the stock even as he was dumping it.

If you go in understanding that this movie isn't about Brian Dennehy's or Mike Farrell's characters, and is rather cliched in its moralizing, you'll have a good time.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b8601e0) out of 5 stars This was pretty good! 17 Mar. 2009
By pennym... - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Honestly, I think the more negative reviews are because the subject of the story is so painful to watch. Then again I watched this because I LOOVE Christian Kane. I almost didn't though because it was such a depressing and sad memory but acting-wise, it was really a pretty good movie.

And of course, Christian was excellent. He played a young college-grad who got caught up in the big leagues and big money and ignored the warning signs of pending doom; he was progressively horrible to his fiancee and finally see the big e falling. You had to get through the beginning of the movie but I actually liked it in the end. Worth watching. Well done, CK.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b8600e4) out of 5 stars THE BRIAN CRUVER STORY 9 Nov. 2010
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The movie is about Brian Cruver who hired on to Enron in 2001. His life at Enron runs parallel to the company as he over extends his credit based on future earnings. About the best thing you can say about the movie is it shows us how the microcosm reflects the macrocosm, or vice-versa. This is a dummy down version of what happened.

It is not political, nor does it do justice to havoc Enron did to the world, but rather focused on a small group of people in one department and how it affected their lives, including buying more Enron stock as it was tanking because they were all drinking Enron Kool-aid. Don't expect a hard hitting docudrama.

This is a rather lame, made for TV type movie, which also focuses on how Enron ruined "the relationship." Mike Farrell (Alan Alda light) gives us a stinker of a performance as Ken Lay, clearly miscast for the role.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b499690) out of 5 stars It's okay, not great but it is entertaining. 6 Aug. 2014
By Strommy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Crooked E is a fairly entertaining story (key word being story) of Brian Cruver and his experiences in the year he worked at Enron. It's interesting in that it gives some insight to what it was like to work there, the cult of personality that existed and how the employees (for the most part) blindly followed Management into the abyss. It's fairly light stuff, decent but unspectacular acting though I would have rather seen more about the interworking's of Enron instead of his silly relationship with the girlfriend. That could have made this movie so much better. Overall, it's not a great movie but it is entertaining.

I think it's rather funny reading some of the 5 star reviews which are mostly from women pining for Christian Kane. Shannon Elizabeth actually looks a bit anorexic in the movie when compared to what she looked like in American Pie. She didn't look good.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f1295b8) out of 5 stars Decent Job 10 Feb. 2014
By C. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a lot to the story of Enron that can't be told in one movie but I have to admit that this did a good job at getting to the crux of what happened from Brian's perspective. It was well acted and the narrative style helped to move the story along but there is so much that was left unsaid. The movie left me wanting to know what has happened to the people--including Brian Cruver--since the fall of Enron. The fact that I'm still interested as opposed to not caring is a testament that this is a wet-your-whistle good movie.
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