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The Wizard of Lies (2017)

TV-MA | | Biography, Crime, Drama | TV Movie 20 May 2017
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The fall of Bernie Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme robbed $65 billion from unsuspecting victims; the largest fraud in U.S. history.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Sam Levinson (screenplay), John Burnham Schwartz (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Bernie Madoff
Diana Henriques Diana Henriques ... Diana B. Henriques (as Diana B. Henriques)
Nathan Darrow ... Andrew Madoff
Alessandro Nivola ... Mark Madoff
Michael Kostroff ... Peter Madoff
Kathrine Narducci ... Eleanor Squillari
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Ruth Madoff
Steve Coulter ... Martin London
David Lipman ... Martin Flumenbaum
Kelly AuCoin ... Agent Cacioppi
Don Castro ... Agent Kang
Amanda Warren ... SEC Investigator
Mark La Mura ... Ike Sorkin (as Mark LaMura)
Michael A. Goorjian ... Dan Horwitz (as Michael Goorjian)
Sophie von Haselberg ... Nicole De Bello
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The fall of Bernie Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme robbed $65 billion from unsuspecting victims; the largest fraud in U.S. history.

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Only those you trust can truly betray you.

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

HBO

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wizard of Lies See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Wilhelm Scream: faintly audible in an archive clip of a blue car falling off a cliff. See more »

Goofs

When Mark Madoff's wife checks her phone the morning of his suicide, she has 4 messages from him. She opens the first two, which are dated December 11, 2010. However, the screen showing the list of text messages has all 4 of them dated 9/30/2015. See more »

Quotes

Mark Madoff: You should trust me in helping with advisory. I can handle this kind of thing for you.
Bernie Madoff: That's my business, not yours.
Mark Madoff: Ahd what happens when you're gone?
Bernie Madoff: I'm not having this discussion with you.
Mark Madoff: I'm just asking you...
Bernie Madoff: I'm not having this discussion with you.
Mark Madoff: What is it, dad? Tell me. What is it? Is it that I'm not cut out?
Bernie Madoff: Are you not listening me?
Mark Madoff: Just be honest with me. Just tell me.
Bernie Madoff: Do you not see what I have to deal with, the shit I have to go through on a day on daily basis?
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Money (That's What I Want)
Written by Berry Gordy (as Berry Gordie Jr.), Janie Bradford
Performed by Barrett Strong
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Hard Hitting, Extremely Well Acted Drama,
18 June 2017 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

The Wizard of Lies is a great television movie with a very well developed plot and a stellar cast. It's a very bleak drama that can be difficult to watch at times, there is really no light at the end of the tunnel here. The actions of Bernie Madoff were inhuman and completely inexcusable, and this film does not try to sugarcoat that in any way. I never read too much in to it and was pleased with how in depth and easy to follow this all was, you do not need to know anything about the events prior to watching this movie.

There really is no character to route for here, which, while it is understandable, is still one of the only majors issues I had. Madoff is, of course, the main character, who we can not possibly sympathise with, and even his wife Ruth and other close friends and relatives are not depicted with any noble traits. While it did not take me out of the movie, it just made me somewhat discomforted watching two hours of several characters I was not routing for.

The cast is tremendous, Robert De Niro delivers one of his greatest performances in years, portraying outstanding depth and characterisation to Madoff. While it could not possibly have been an easy role to take on, he made it look simple. Michelle Pfeiffer is also excellent as Ruth Madoff, a very layered performance, her screen presence in this part was undeniable and whenever she left, I just wanted to see more of her.

It is a discomforting drama that I enjoyed every moment of. An engaging plot and perfect casting, I would recommend The Wizard of Lies to anyone looking for a good drama.

Chronicles the life of Bernie Madoff following the announcement of his Ponzi scheme that put his clients in billions of dollars in dept.

Best Performance: Robert De Niro


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