The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron (2003)

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Based on Brian Cruver's first-person book, Anatomy of Greed, this strident TV movie chronicles the rise and fall of the notorious Houston-based Enron Corporation in the early years of the 21st century. The film is related from the perspective of Cruver himself (played by Christian Kane), here depicted as a brilliant but naïve young trader who, after being hired by Enron, was dazzled and seduced by the company's "get rich quick by whatever means necessary" credo. The obscenely extravagant "Enron Culture" (represented by endless office parties and nubile young ladies) was built upon the backs of the company's stockholders and lower-echelon employees -- and, when everything inevitably crashed and burned in the spring of 2002, it was the "little people" who suffered the most. Although several real-life personalities are portrayed in the film, among them Enron CEO Ken Lay (played Mike Farrell), executive Jeff Skilling (Jon Ted Wynne), and conscience-stricken whistleblower Sherron Watkins (Jan Skene), many of the characters are composites, chief among them the mysterious, sinister Enron higher-up "Mister Blue" (Brian Dennehy), whose primary function is to spout blatantly mercenary exposition. Due to budget restraints, The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron was filmed not in Houston but in Canada; and thanks to copyright restrictions, the company's famous "slanted E" logo is considerably altered onscreen. The film made its CBS debut on January 5, 2003.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama
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Studio:
Robert Greenwald Productions

Cast

Christian Kane
as Brian Cruver
Brian Dennehy
as Jack Blue
Mike Farrell
as Ken Lay
Nancy Sakovich
as Liz Perry
Jonathan Higgins
as Greg McLainey
Jonas Chernick
as Bernie Bickers
Aleks Paunovic
as Lazarri
Natalie Brown
as Amber St. Pierre
Jan Skene
as Sherron Watkins
Larissa Gomes
as Anna Marie
Jon Ted Wynne
as Jeff Skilling
Keenan Thomas
as Allen Flemming
Rick Skene
as Ranch Foreman
Edgar Governo
as Enron Employee
Paul Christie
as Andrew Tillman
Robert Huculak
as Andrew Fastow
Jennifer Hill
as Miss August
Erin Selby
as Jill Hacket
Wayne Nicklas
as Richard Grubman
Kate Steen
as Miss June
Jonas Cherniak
as Bernie Bickers
Marina Stephenson-Kerr
as Wedding Coordinator
Philip Lockwood
as Brian at Age 10
John Bluethner
as Ted Cruver
Ed Sutton
as Courtney's Dad
Rick Skene
as Ranch Foreman
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