Margin Call

Synopsis: A respected financial company is downsizing and one of the victims is the risk management division head, who was working on a major analysis just when he was let go. His protégé completes the study late into the night and then frantically calls his colleagues in about the company's financial disaster he has discovered. What follows is a long night of panicked double checking and double dealing as the senior management prepare to do whatever it takes to mitigate the debacle to come even as the handful of conscientious comrades find themselves dragged along into the unethical abyss.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): J.C. Chandor
Production: Roadside Attractions
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 23 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Is that them?

Jesus Christ.

Are they going to do it right here?

You guys ever been through this before?


It's best to ignore it, keep your

head down, and go back to work.

Go on.

Don't watch.

Timothy Singh?

- Yes.

- I'm afraid we have to speak with you.


Eric Dale?

Excuse me?

Eric Dale?

- No.

- Sorry?

I'm not Eric Dale.

I'm so sorry.

He's my boss.

He's down the hall.


Excuse me, Mr. Dale?

This way.


I am obviously sorry

that we are here today.

But these are extraordinary times,

as you very well must know.

Look, I run Risk Management.

I don't really see how that's a

natural place to start cutting jobs.

We hope you understand

this is in no way personal.

The majority of this floor

is being let go today.

Ms. Bratberg is now going to run through

the details of what the firm is offering.


Mr. Dale, the firm is offering you

a six-month severance at half your salary.

You will keep all unvested options

that you currently hold.

Health will be extended

through that period.

You have until tomorrow at 4:47 to either

take the offer or it will be revoked.

Do you understand?


Unfortunately, Mr. Dale,

due to the highly sensitive nature

of your work here,

the firm has to take certain precautions

for security purposes

that may seem punitive in nature.

I hope, considering your

over 19 years of service to the firm,

you will understand that these measures

are in no way a reflection

of the firm's feelings

towards your performance

or your character.

I don't understand.

She's apologizing

for what's about to happen.

Your company e-mail, access to the server,

access to the building,

and your mobile data and phone service

will all be severed as of this meeting.

And this gentleman

will take you to your office

so you can clear out

your personal belongings.

What about what I'm currently working on?

I'm in the middle of something that...

The firm has worked out its transition plan

and is prepared to move forward.

But we do appreciate your concern.

We understand that this is difficult.

And here is my card.

Please contact me in the next few weeks

if you need any assistance

with this transition in your life.






I'm sorry.

- You still alive?

- For now.


It was a bloodbath.

I heard.

Listen, Eric,

if there was something I could have done,

I would have done it.

- I know.

- All right?

Yeah, I know. I know.


Just tell me,

who was it?

- Come on, Eric.

- Come on, Will.

- Rogers?

- I'm not going to say, you know.

- You know me.

- Robertson?

That c*nt. I knew it.

I knew I shouldn't have

f***ing gone to her last year.

It wasn't anyone.

Eric, you know what it was?

It was bad luck, and that's all it was.



All right, well, good luck.


Come here.

I was just in the middle

of a lot of sh*t right here

that I think somebody needs

to take a look at.

Eric, listen,

they're telling us

everybody needs to get out of here.

Just leave their stuff.

And while we appreciate your concern,

this is not your problem anymore.

Good luck.

Thank you.

Right this way, Mr. Murphy.

- Eric, I'm very sorry.

- Yeah.

Did they say what was going

to happen with us?

- Jesus, Seth.

- What?

It's going to get pretty ugly

around here for a while.

But, you know, you guys will be all right.

- Good luck, Eric.

- All right.

I'll see you around, okay?

All right. Thank you.


I wanted to say thanks.

- It's not necessary.

- Well, it is.

You were the person around here that I...

I know.

Hey, look,

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