Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Poster

Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: January 17th, 2006

R|1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary
This documentary explores the fall of the Enron Corporation, arguably the most shocking example of modern corporate corruption. The company is linked with several illegal schemes, including instigating the California energy crisis as a way to drive up utility prices at the expense of the average American. In a hyper-competitive environment, Enron traders resort to all kinds of underhanded dealings in order to make money at any cost and keep their high-paying jobs.

Director: Alex Gibney

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: HDNet

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Gives us the same sort of perverse pleasure that's been a staple of "60 Minutes" over the years -- watching world-class crooks tell world-class lies.

  • With no-nonsense narration by Peter Coyote and a soundtrack that's at once apt, ironic and really, really good, The Smartest Guys in the Room is anything but a dry dissection of a major Wall Street debacle. show more

  • Not only a great cautionary tale, it's a civics lesson that should be seen by every concerned citizen. show more

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