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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room


Source: Catholic News Service

Absorbing documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the now-infamous energy giant, Enron, analyzing the Darwinian mind-set that dominated its upper echelons and created a moral vacuum which precipitated one of the greatest corporate corruption scandals in U.S. history. Directed by Alex Gibney and based on the best-selling expose of the same name, the film combines standard interviews with journalists, former employees and Wall Street insiders, archival news footage and re-enactments to craft a sobering portrait of hubris and blind greed. Strip-club images involving nudity, a dramatized suicide and sporadic rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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