The Wizard of Lies

The Wizard of Lies

DVD - 2017
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It is the headline-making true story about the deceptions, lies and betrayals of Bernie Madoff, the man who masterminded the most heinous financial swindle of our generation.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Home Box Office, 2017
Branch Call Number: WIZ
Characteristics: 1 dvd (133 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm


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Mar 17, 2021

Decent movie for entertainment...not for actual information about the true story. Lots of comments here about that. Anyone that expects to get factual and/or historically accurate information from a Hollywood movie has serious issues comprehending the realities of our society and modern world. Also, De Niro is the perfect person to play this role (typecasting) since he is utterly corrupt himself - and a well known *wizard of lies*. Read up on his efforts to steal land from natives in order to get a resort built on prime, supposedly protected land in Barbuda or his other sketchy financial/personal endeavors (if you even find the info anymore).

Mar 18, 2020

The weaknesses of the film are 1) very little information is given about the character of his victims and 2) no explanation of what in his personality drove him to commit his crimes--- was he a narcissist or a person with a deep personality flaw---were some of his victims just so greedy that they did not seek real information about the investment plans?

Feb 15, 2020

Not an extraordinary piece of movie-making per se despite flawless performances by the cast. What's extraordinary is the story of this man, this family, and of how money and the hunger for it can ruin lives.

Apr 15, 2019

A brilliantly executed biography of Bernie Madoff and his family. The cast played their roles perfectly. Unfortunately, the movie misses an explanation of the Ponzi Scheme and how Bernie and his IA Staff managed to pull off the scheme in the fallout from the 1987 Stock Market Crash. Even so, a brilliant movie with perfect performances by the entire cast with clever editing, photography and spot-on direction. Must read book.

Feb 26, 2019

Very personal side of Madoff's ponzi scheme. HE thought he was trying to help and just snowballed. He was careful to keep his family ignorant by being dictatorial. The government didn't do due diligence, sloppy. His main employee knew he would go to jail. Yes, investors wanted much higher return than anything else on stock market.

Well done.

Feb 09, 2019

I felt it lacked in many aspects. It didn't answer how Madoff could pull off the Ponzi scheme for so long, while passing audits by the several governmental agencies. Also no answered is why these same agencies didn't find the scheme and take action. There is no question that Madoff was very smart and got very smart people to help him. It epitomized Madoff's total lack of consideration and greed.

It didn't show the financial devastation and mental anguish he inflicted on family and friends. The disintegrated relationship between he and his family closely followed what was reported in other documentaries. De Niro bore a strong resemblance to Madoff and his portrayal was very good.

Feb 05, 2019

Excellent. Highly recommend.

Nov 19, 2018

I believe this film was very well done. Ironically I had been thinking about the issue that Madoff addresses to his interviewer at the end of the film. He is upset because the New York Times has labelled him a psychopath. He asks " Do you think I am a sociopath?" Yes, Bernie, I do. Some of the prominent characteristics of sociopaths / psychopaths are: lying, manipulation, the ability to deceive, feelings of grandiosity and callousness toward their victims, regret for being caught not for their crimes, lack of empathy, superficial charm, and good intelligence. Ding!! Ding!! Ding!! He was not even capable of bonding with his children or grandchildren. I feel sadness for many of Madoff's victims - Bernie blamed them for losing their money because of greed. This may have been true of some or many. What I did not realize and found very distressing was that one of my heroes was a victim: Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor. On the advise of successful people they trusted, Wiesel's charity lost millions and he and his wife personally lost their life savings. The Innocence Project also lost most of its assets. Madoff's son committed suicide. The number of other individuals who did the same may never be known. And Bernie's concern - he thought the NYT had treated him badly. An almost textbook study in the amorality of an individual. Recommended. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Oct 07, 2018

Robert De Nero is perfect in his role as Bernie Madoff. I thought this story was very well told. In this movie Bernie Madoff asks "Do you think I am a siocopath"? My answer to that question would be "Yes". As the story is told, Mr. Madoff does not seem to understand the enormity of his crimes. Stealing money is not a victimless crime. Madoff is responsible for his son Mark taking his life. How many people's lives has he ruined with his deception?

Sep 02, 2018

A well told story. Well acted.

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Apr 30, 2018

Do you think I am a sociopath?

Apr 16, 2018

Played by the real reporter/writer:
My name is Diana Henriques. As an investigating reporter for the "New York Times," I had been covering the Bernie Madoff scandal from the day it began. After months of requests and correspondence, I was finally able to sit down and interview Bernie Madoff on August 24th, 2010. Until today, his only visitor apart from lawyers has been his wife. He has not answered any independent questions about his crime except when standing in a courtroom responding to a judge. On those occasions, he seemed stiff, almost rehearsed. But in our conversation, he seemed relaxed, unfailingly candid, earnest, and trustworthy. That is his talent and his curse. That is what enabled him to pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme on record.
Well, but these people, you know, they had a little greed in them, too. There was a little bit of, you know... look, you know, and they didn't wanna look too hard. They looked just far enough. So they're accomplices in some way, too.

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