The Wizard of Lies

The double Oscar winner Robert De Niro plays Bernie Madoff, and Michelle Pfeiffer, an Oscar nominee triple, plays his wife, Ruth. This HBO Films drama analyzes the events that led to Wall Street’s shocking financial decline in December 2008, as investors cheated over $ 65 billion in the most famous Ponzi scheme in the history of the United States. Directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson, who is executive producer alongside De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh and Tom Fontana, the film features Madoff’s deception, which began in the 1990s, 1987 or even earlier, and continued During the 2008 financial crisis. It culminated in an outcome that turned Madoff into a villain and catapulted his wife and children (played by Alessandro Nivola and Nathan Darrow) into the shimmering spotlight with some tragic consequences. For the most part, the film is based on the bestseller “The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust,” written by Diana B. Henriques, with additional material from Laurie Sandell’s book “Truth and Consequences.” Henriques appears as herself in the scenes where she interviews an incarcerated Madoff who was sentenced in 2009 to 150 years in prison – the maximum sentence allowed for his crimes.

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