The Wizard of Lies

2017 "Only those you trust can truly betray you."
6.8| 2h13m| NA| en| More Info
Released: 21 May 2017 Released
Producted By: HBO Films
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A look behind the scenes at Bernie Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, how it was perpetrated on the public and the trail of destruction it left in its wake, both for the victims and Madoff's family.

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Barry Levinson

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Actuakers One of my all time favorites.
Chirphymium It's entirely possible that sending the audience out feeling lousy was intentional
Plustown A lot of perfectly good film show their cards early, establish a unique premise and let the audience explore a topic at a leisurely pace, without much in terms of surprise. this film is not one of those films.
Rexanne It’s sentimental, ridiculously long and only occasionally funny
kenrichorton Great acting, Great story. Greed. Bad ending Actors really brought this story out well. Still can't believe how this man did this
TxMike This is an HBO movie that my wife and I watched at home on DVD from our public library.We remember it well, roughly 9 years ago when the big financial market decline was spooking all investors, out of the smoke came the Bernie Madoff fiasco. Who would have thought that a well-respected member of the New York financial community would have been running a simple Ponzi Scheme for upwards of 16 years? For upwards of $65 Billion? That's what this movie is about, who Madoff is, what he did, and what was his motivation?Robert De Niro is Bernie Madoff and Michelle Pfeiffer is his wife Ruth Madoff. They were in their 60s when all this went down. Madoff was a good salesmen, for years he convinced wealthy investors to put their money with his "fund" which was a phantom paper exercise. He showed them exceptional financial growth year after year but when the financial crisis hit and large investors started wanting their money it soon was all gone. Madoff didn't put up any resistance, he didn't try to divert blame, he admitted guilt when approached by authorities.Good movie of a sad case in investment history, makes you wonder what is going on right now.
bettycjung 10/23/17. A decent TV movie about the Madoff debacle. This is the side that the public did not know that much about - what happened to the family. De Niro does a fine job as Madoff, a man swallowed by Greed, and Pfeiffer as his long suffering wife, who lost it all as well. Perhaps, a good lesson from all this is - Greed is never good, and that the piper will always get paid in the end.
letshaveagoodtm Great cast horrible screen play. I stayed pretty current on the Bernie Madoff disaster, this movie ignored all the facts and the real personalities. Bernie Madoff was and is a complete assh*le, he was a megalomaniac that had absolutely no regrets about destroying the financial well being of thousands of people. His children are dead now, one a suicide one died of cancer and they showed much more remorse than this ass showed. How could the makers of this movie totally ignore all the information that showed how arrogant Madoff is? I guess they were worried no one would like a movie about the real ass Madoff is.