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Margin Call is a 2011 American independent drama film, written and directed by J.C. Chandor, and starring Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker, and Penn Badgley.

The film was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 and opened on October 21, 2011 in the United States.

The film takes place over a 24-hour period at a large investment bank (loosely modeled on Lehman Brothers) and focuses on the financial crisis of 2007–2010. The film follows the actions taken by a group of employees during the financial collapse.

Principal photography began on June 21, 2010 in New York City. Part of the film was shot on the 42nd floor of One Penn Plaza, which had recently been vacated by a trading firm. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film also played In Competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Bear.

The film was produced by Zachary Quinto's production company, Before The Door Pictures, by Quinto and his two producing partners, Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa.

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CastKevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, Simon Baker, Penn Badgley, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Susan Blackwell, Mary McDonnell, Al Sapienza, Aasif Mandvi, Zachary Quinto, Ashley Williams, Grace Gummer
DirectorJ.C. Chandor
Genre:  Thriller
Release Date:  October 21, 2011
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterJ.C. Chandor
Studio:  Before The Door Pictures
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review by . February 07, 2012
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I took away 2 statements from this movie: The numbers just don't add up anymore. If you're the first out of the door, that's not panicking.    This is a movie about the financial crisis that's still ongoing in the world but not any longer in the markets. Until, well, the next tsunami comes around, that is. The 2 statements above still work in the present time though.      It's been awhile since #1 operates in the global financial and banking …
review by . November 09, 2011
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I quit watching the latest Pirates movie to watch this. I have no idea what that film was about and why Penelope Cruz still gets acting work. Utter, utter waste of time. Margin Call is tightly written and well paced - remember, just like movies used to be before CGI gave us all the attention span of a coked-up squirrel. The dialog is perfectly written, the acting by everyone is first class, and the whole thing moves like a greased-up ball-bearing on a hill with a fear of magnets. If you hate …
review by . October 28, 2011
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Star Rating:         During the final months of 2008, most of us bore witness to a chain reaction of financial ruin. Investment firms across the country, seemingly strong, had to declare bankruptcy due mostly to the housing bubble collapse and the subsequent loss of value in real estate pricing. This brought about a shift in the economic structure so drastic, it required nothing less than a congressional bailout. It’s this backdrop against which Margin Call weaves …
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