The Wizard of Lies

Synopsis: The fall of Bernie Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme robbed $65 billion from unsuspecting victims; the largest fraud in U.S. history.
Director(s): Barry Levinson
Production: Tribeca Productions
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 17 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.8
Rotten Tomatoes:
73%
TV-MA
Year:
2017
133 min
576 Views


My name is Diana Henriques.

As an investigating reporter

for the "New York Times,"

I had been covering

the Bernie Madoff scandal

from the day it began.

After months of requests

and correspondence,

I was finally able to sit down

and interview Bernie Madoff

on August 24th, 2010.

Until today,

his only visitor

apart from lawyers

has been his wife.

He has not answered

any independent questions

about his crime

except when standing

in a courtroom

responding to a judge.

On those occasions,

he seemed stiff,

almost rehearsed.

But in our conversation,

he seemed relaxed,

unfailingly candid,

earnest,

and trustworthy.

That is his talent

and his curse.

That is

what enabled him

to pull off the biggest

Ponzi scheme on record.

$65 billion.

Bernard L. Madoff...

inmate number

61727054.

In overseas trading today,

the Nikkei was down over 8%

with Australia's benchmark

not far behind.

The crisis shows

no sign of ending

as DOW futures are down

this morning on Wall Street

and Main Street

continues to find itself

- in the crosshairs of the

largest meltdown... - Shit.

...since

the Great Depression.

Investors and banks

are holding onto their cash

until more certainty can be

flushed into financial markets.

Let's go now

to Bob Summers

with a story

on yet another city

going under

from the mortgage crisis.

I'm in Fresno, California,

where if you look around...

Just let me lead it off.

It's completely

fucking crazy.

We can't back down

on this one, Andy.

We're not gonna back down.

We're gonna hold firm.

What, no good mornings,

no hellos?

Dad?

What's going on?

You're giving out

175 mil in bonuses?

- I am.

- In December?

We've had

a very strong year.

The year's not over. We don't

know where we're gonna land.

I wanna reward people.

I want them to feel good about

the work they've done here.

There's a reason that the

bonuses go out in February,

especially in this climate.

You're not hearing me.

It's important that people can

take care of their families.

Isn't it better

to play it safe?

Hang on to any windfall

just in case?

I'm paying out

the bonuses now.

But that's crazy.

It doesn't make any sense.

- Peter.

- Bernie, come on.

This isn't a fucking debate.

I'm paying out

the bonuses now.

I'm taking care

of everybody.

Dad, are you all right?

What's going on with you?

I'm okay.

Okay, are you sure?

Bernie, just tell them.

Tell us what?

What is it, Dad?

What's going on?

What is it, Dad?

I have to talk to you.

You can.

You know you can.

I know.

Fucking fish bowl here.

Fucking fish bowl.

Huh?

Everybody can see

everything in here.

How come we never got

fucking blinds?

- Hello?

- Hello, Ruth.

- Hi. - The boys and

I are heading home.

Why?

I have to talk to you all.

Oh, okay.

- Yeah, we'll be home soon.

- All right.

Is it your health?

No.

Let's go in the study

downstairs.

There's no way to...

to say it.

None of it is real.

It's all one big fucking lie.

- What is?

- The advisory.

It's a fraud.

There are

no investments.

What are you talking about?

Of course there are investments.

- I made them up.

- They're on every statement.

- I ma... I made them up.

- I've seen the trades.

They're fake.

It's all fake.

Basically,

just a big Ponzi scheme.

What's a Ponzi scheme?

I took money

from some people.

I gave it to others

and I never...

there's nothing left.

There's supposed

to be 50 billion.

There's absolutely nothing.

It's all gone.

I spoke to Peter.

I told him I'm gonna

turn myself in next week.

How could you do this?

- I just couldn't stop...

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Sam Levinson

Samuel "Sam" Levinson is an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He is the son of Diana Rhodes and writer/director/actor Barry Levinson. He made his film debut in the 1992 film Toys, along with his brother Jack. He later appeared in such films as Bandits and What Just Happened? as Carl. In 2009, he co-starred as Peter Thompson in Stoic. He won the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Waldo Salt screenwriting award for his directorial debut film, Another Happy Day. He also co-wrote his father's 2017 TV movie The Wizard of Lies about Bernie Madoff. more…

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