Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Rated NR 110 minutes 2005

Alex Gibney's meticulously researched documentary about the Enron scandal is a thoroughly professional, frequently spectacular piece of muckraking. But unless you want to go postal over the bold-faced lies of Kenneth Lay, Jeffrey Skilling, and Andrew Fastow, bring tranquilizers. (Citizens of Houston are advised to double the dose.) Using a book by Fortune magazine reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind as his primary source material, Gibney (The Trials of Henry Kissinger) does some shoe-leather reporting of his own, and what we get is a full-blooded portrait of corporate greed, cynical power-lust, and outrageous deception that provokes deep worry not just about what Ronald Reagan called "the magic of the marketplace," but about the very mission of American capitalism.

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Official Site: www.enronmovie.com

Director: Alex Gibney

Writer: Peter Elkind, Alex Gibney and Bethany McLean

Producer: Alex Gibney, Jason Kliot and Susan Motamed

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