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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room


This was not what I expected. I thought it would be a predictable leftist documentary screed against the evils of capitalism as represented by the biggest corporate scam ever — Enron. Instead it was a very intelligent, subtle and fascinating protrait of the three principle leaders of Enron, and how their dream came back to kill them. It does a fabulous job of making the complexities of this intricate business case understandable, and the personalities behind the events real. And make no mistake. The disaster stems from the personalities. What I learned: Enron did deliver some great innovations, some of which will likely have to be invented again. But they also unleashed a company culture where competition and greed was paramount and not tempered by any other value, and in the end this unbridled greed ate them all up and destroyed the fortunes of many innocents. It’s a great film and should be shown in every business school.

— KK

Reader Recommendations:

“Fascinating look at the rise and fall of Enron. The film is somewhat of an expose of the house of cards that was Enron, but, even more, is the human story of the aforementioned villains, the cogs-in-the-machine, and some of the victims.” — Willie Geoghegan

“Wry wit. Nice use of reenactments.” — Francelle

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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Directed by Alex Gibney
2006, 110 min.
$3, Amazon Instant Video rental

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Posted April 3, 2006 at 6:34 pm | comments
| in category Investigative

  • Brody T.

    Enron scam is one of the biggest rip-off case n the world. And the documentary of the scandal is an eye-opener and also a source of information to the people that we must take care to guard our investment portfolio, and keep it safe from some scam artist who is trying to get us to fall for a rip-off. Rip-off schemes have been around for millennia. They certainly aren’t slowing down, and people look into online payday loans to fix the damage, at times. The maxim to bear in mind is that if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Investments are a prime target of scam artists. Don’t forget that.