Watch Inside Job - The Movie

Tyler Durden's picture

We take a few minutes from our readers' busy time, to recommend they watch the movie Inside Job, which is probably one of the best documentaries on the market crash (this is a completely unsolicited and unpaid recommendation). If nothing else (and there is much else) the key redeeming feature of the movie is the complete obliteration of any credibility that former Fed director Fred Mishkin (and rumored Larry Summers replacement) and current Columbia business school dean Glenn Hubbard may have had.

Below is the official trailer:

Many more clips can be found at the official website.

The movie synposis:

From Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Charles Ferguson (“No End In Sight”), comes INSIDE JOB, the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, INSIDE JOB traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.

And below is the Director's Statement:

This film attempts to provide a comprehensive portrayal of an extremely important and timely subject: the worst financial crisis since the Depression, which continues to haunt us via Europe’s debt problems and global financial instability. It was a completely avoidable crisis; indeed for 40 years after the reforms following the Great Depression, the United States did not have a single financial crisis. However, the progressive deregulation of the financial sector since the 1980s gave rise to an increasingly criminal industry, whose “innovations” have produced a succession of financial crises. Each crisis has been worse than the last; and yet, due to the industry’s increasing wealth and power, each crisis has seen few people go to prison. In the case of this crisis, nobody has gone to prison, despite fraud that caused trillions of dollars in losses. I hope that the film, in less than two hours, will enable everyone to understand the fundamental nature and causes of this problem. It is also my hope that, whatever political opinions individual viewers may have, that after seeing this film we can all agree on the importance of restoring honesty and stability to our financial system, and of holding accountable those to destroyed it.

Full press kit disclosing the key actors in the movie:

insidejob_presskit FINAL

Must watch film.

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OnTheWaterfront's picture

Gene Shalit Bitchez!!!

squid_pro_quo's picture

WARNING: Play link contains VIRUS!!


Just jokn'.


Cleanclog's picture

Have to say, hope they quickly get it to "demand" and DVD.  I'm in the SF Bay Area and it has only been shown in a single theater, so really hard to see.  It's power will be in people seeing it.  Release it already.   I get that you want to make money, but if you don't make it available, you're just as bad as the a- holes.  Hurry up. Great message but only if people have the opportunity to learn from it.   Again.  Hurry up.

66Sexy's picture

the stock market is going to 20,000... and they know it. thats why theres all this anti wall street rhetoric coming out now... they are safe if the markets go up. call it: guilty by association. this will make the iinvestigators the bad guys.

Savyindallas's picture

why not DOW 32,000 and 25% unemployment.  The good thing about that is my gold will be a 5,000 and silver at $100.  You think the banksters will be safe at those levels?

tmosley's picture

For a second there I thought it was going to be a movie about 9/11 conspiracy theories.

Sudden Debt's picture

you know what the doctor said tmosley, you have to take the blue pills at 10 o'clock, the orange at 12 o'clock and the green once at 3 o'clock.

I know they don't taste good, but if you take them with a banana, they taste like a happy meal.

knukles's picture

And never was a fucking theory.

tmosley's picture

Sorry.  However much you believe or want to believe, a theory is a theory until it is proven.  This is far from proven.

It might come out 30 years hence a la Tonkin Gulf.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

However much you believe or want to believe, a theory is a theory until it is proven.

Agreed. Thus the use of the term "theory".

However, the "Official Conspiracy Theory" has also never been proven and is based upon far shakier legal and scientific ground. In fact, the "Official Conspiracy Theory" would in my view be called an "Egregious Conspiracy Theory" for it's complete dissociation with and repudiation of reality.

That alone compels a reexamination of the entire sordid affair. Thus assuring it never will if the powers that be have anything to say about it.

It might come out 30 years hence a la Tonkin Gulf.

BTW why would you say anything has "come out" regarding the Gulf of Tonkin. No current authority or official has everadmitted anything other than the official story with regard to the so-called Gulf of Tonkin attacks. Since nothing has come out "officially" the lie continues.

It appears that the only thing that has changed (other than one key "actor" admitting to his lie) is that it's now easier to believe the story was in fact a lie because it's safely buried deeply enough in history to be considered inconsequential and thus safe to discuss and accept.

The amount of hard evidence, inconsistencies, eye witness accounts etc proving portions of 9/11 is a lie far exceeds anything that has come out about the Gulf of Tonkin. So why the resistance to 9/11 and why the acceptance of the Gulf of Tonkin?

Because the Gulf of Tonkin was your father's Buick and thus easier to emotionally deal with. 9/11 is our own abortion and thus very difficult to accept.

tired1's picture

'No current authority or official has everadmitted anything other than the official story' .... Basically, you just make a movie years after the event to suit your purposes, hopefully after the major players have died. Oh yeah, keep the archives locked up for decades.

tmosley's picture

What part of the "Official Conspiracy Theory" is not proved?  A bunch of Saudis that were affiliated with OBL and Co did in fact get on the planes, and according to eyewitness testimony (ie cell phone calls from the passengers on the last flight), hijacked the planes and crashed them into buildings.

Setting aside reasons and objectives of those involved, this is pretty simple, open and shut.  Sure, the last plane might have been shot down, but so what?


In 2005, the NSA report on the incident was declassified, revealing that there was no Vietnamese vessel involved in the incident, thus confirming the conspiracy theory about a false flag operation involving the US in Vietnam.

Hey, I would love to believe that that the US government was behind 9/11.  I hold no love for any of them at any level, and would execute the vast majority of them for their crimes if given the chance.  I just don't think that they committed this particular crime.  The CIA does many terrible things, but I can't really imagine how they would manage to get 20 people (foreigners) to commit suicide for them all at once.  I further can't believe that not a single person would come forward with inside evidence that the US was responsible for the deaths of more than 3000 American citizens.  Sure, if they were a bunch of foreigners that died, I might believe it, but SOMEONE would take a lot of offense at such an action.

Understand that I am highly biased, but in the opposite direction of the way you seem to think I am.  If something heinous happens, my automatic thought is that the government caused it.  And they did in this case, just not directly.  9/11 was blowback, pure and simple.  The CIA and other federal agencies and officials ARE responsible for what happened, just not directly.

This does not mean that those officials should not be executed.  They should, for the crimes they have committed before and since.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

What part of the "Official Conspiracy Theory" is not proved? .......this is pretty simple, open and shut.

Just about everything has not been proven, unless of course you accept hook, line and sinker Federal officials telling you the official story. Then everything has been proven to your satisfaction. Because they have never presented evidence. Never, and they admit it.  Even the FBI admits it doesn't have the evidence to even accuse OBL of 9/11, let alone place the accusations on his wanted poster. It is far from an open and shut case. Very very far.

And I said that there have been no officials admitting the Gulf of Tonkin was faked. Officials, as in people in authority who will publicly admit to the public that the public was deceived with regard to the Gulf of Tonkin. Until that happens, the Big Lie still lives in the mind of the vast majority of people.

tmosley's picture

OBL is supposedly the spiritual leader of al Qaeda.  Why should he be charged?  He's not the one who did it.  Who cares about OBL?  He's just a figure that is a convenient target for media hate, or was. Charging him with charges on 9/11 is like charging Rush Limbaugh for that guy who flew his plane into the IRS building in Austin.  That is not a fact relevant to the events of 9/11, though it does impact the context.  But we're not talking about the context, are we?  Even though you keep trying to prove your case by bringing up strawmen from the far periphery.

Are you honestly disputing that those 19 men were on those planes?  All the pertinent facts of that day are on the public record.  Read the 9/11 report.  These are facts, that are supported by photographic evidence, not easily manipulated statistics.

And the release of a report written by officials isn't a statement by officials?  Your bias is showing.  You should know better, CD.

dimichzh's picture

On every lie truth be told.

We may speculate for long time if or how those men turned out to be aboard.
It doesn't prove they controlled the plane (

Cell phone calls that then turned into on-board phone calls.
Is there no technology to create your voice? 

If operation was planned how could they not think about phone calls to make the point?
Here's an example, enjoy: Ostrovsky's book The Other Side of Deception, scribd-page 63 (book-page 113), line 11

Can they please also release the films from all those cameras filming the "plane" and please not that junk from gas station where Santa can be clearly seen. The question why not release?

WTC7 demolishing is also a big question. Does 9/11 report say anything about it?

What about what Dr. Mineta said?

These are just a few questions out of many that are not cleared by 9/11 report.

BTW: Do you also believe in magic bullet from Warren report? The report explained everything perfectly and Discovery channel proved that it is correct, but now we have a confession of Howard Hunt:


Savyindallas's picture

You obviously have spent very little time studying and researching 911  - it was an inside job pure and simple  - and don't think because you've read the 911 commission report and the Popular Mechanics article written by Cherwitz cousin that you've done your research. Go spend a couple hundred hours reading all sides and then tell me what you think.

DaveyJones's picture

"read the 911 report"

I guess that's all we need to look at then because as you point out, we should always trust the governments own investigation on itself. And do ignore all those witnesses to the explosions, the tremendous heat weeks later, the illegal removal of all physical evidence from the crime scene and its immediate recycling, the unreal coincidence of multiple war games on the same day, the chemical tests, the BBC announcing tower 7 had fallen fifteen minutes early, anything to do with NORAD, Leon Panetta's testimony: "do the orders still stand sir?," Larry Silverstein's statement: "we decided to pull it, George's bro handling security for WTC, Project for A New American Century: "a new pearl harbor," the incredible false Iraq connection made immediately after, and the horribly insignificant factor of peak oil and Iraq's source for the last easy access to the sweet stuff. If we'd kill, maim, and displace a million to get at oil, we wouldn't kill 3,000 citizens? We have no problem impoverishing 300 million.   

TBT or not TBT's picture

Hey, let's have a flame war now about whether hot steel is weaker than the same steel would be, if it were, like 500C cooler.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Looks like you already started. Knock yourself out.

defender's picture

OK, I'm game.

Lets assume that the steel is 250C.  This translates to the nice and toasty temperature of 482F.  I sure wouldn't want to touch steel that is almost 500F.  Now if we subtract 500C we end up with about 25K.  Twenty-five degrees above absolute zero.  I guarantee that the +250C steel would be "stronger" than the -250C steel.  At -250C the steel would be so brittle that someone kicking the girder would make it shatter.

how bout dem apples


Sqworl's picture

Brilliant Movie...Starz!!!

Pladizow's picture

Saw it.

Very basic, will be nothing new for most ZH'ers.

Sabibaby's picture

Hopefully it will be what the general public needs to see to understand what's going on.

Clark_Griswold Hedge Mnger's picture

wasn't that Elliot Spitzer's "Client" number?

DavidRicardo's picture

Of course dahling.  There should be a role for Socks the cat, considering what Elliott is into.  'Memba?

TBT or not TBT's picture

Did they ever clear whether he'd gotten a bareback ride?   Allegedly no, but here on a financial blog we should be interested in market prices.

MarketTruth's picture

Agreed, maybe it will wake up a few sheeple.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Unfortunately the MSM movie distribution apparatus is doing it's level best to limit widespread viewing. The fact that Sony Classic Pictures is distributing the movie should by itself ensure it's opening in many theaters.

The fact that it is not is telling.

RichardENixon's picture

C'mon CD, be fair. You know very few people would go see this movie regardless of how many theaters they put it in.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Wonderful circular logic. So explain to me why movies that clearly suck are still shown in one or two thousand theaters nationwide when it's clear no one will go see it? And true to form, no one goes to see it. But did that stop the distributor from showing it in one or two thousand theaters?

We shall see how many people really are interested in this movie when it's released on DVD.

RichardENixon's picture

My point was that your implication that the limited release of this film was due to some kind of conspiracy by the distributors might be flawed. Forgive me for deigning to impugn your brilliance with my "circular logic."

Mercury's picture

I know that the financial/banking elite have way too much power and that they throw it around in pernicious and selfish ways.  But ultimately I think that the government's excessive power  (and the ridiculous schemes and incentives they dream up and impose by fiat) is the real systemic pathology that makes this kind of Wall St. insanity possible.

People like Capuano, Spitzer and Frank are fucking goons.  I don't think I could sit through a feature length film that portrays them as guardians of the public or national interest.

If you want to see a good financial documentary watch (online!) the new PBS doc: The Ascent of Money

CD's picture

Fox Business interview with director:


Dylan Ratigan's interview with director and with William Black:


An even more basic (but amusing) pair of documentary/animated shorts on monetary/financial system:

I'd recommend the above site, as it gives a small amount back to the creators.

Money as Debt (2006)

Money as Debt Part II - Promises Unleashed

Clark_Griswold Hedge Mnger's picture

May I just take a moment to complement you on your avatar.

Pladizow's picture

Its as if your avatar can see my avatar!

Clark_Griswold Hedge Mnger's picture


   ..."this is crazy, this is crazy" splash

CD's picture

The movie is a very much simplified, conceptual presentation aimed at providing basic understanding on a topic that is ignored/suppressed.

Some answers to the critiques:

I think the point is to ignite further inquiry and fact-checking, a process of education for the viewers, rather than as an end-all-be-all explanation of finance.

I was less impressed by the proposed solutions to the problem, but thought the elucidation of the basic concepts of fractional reserve banking, bank credit, fiat money, etc. to be very useful in explaining the concepts to non-finance professionals.

i-dog's picture

"I was less impressed by the proposed solutions to the problem"

I'm looking forward to seeing the movie ... yet I'm not surprised by your observation. I felt the same about Bill Still's 'The Secret of Oz': good historical exposé but unpalatable Keynesian central planning solutions.

As with so much else in life, it seems that we can generally all agree on the problems but each hold different views on the right solutions! Hence, the variety of political parties, each claiming to hold the single correct answer to society's perceived problems.

Argos's picture

Tried to see it this last weekend, it was sold out.  Of course it's only playing in ONE theatre in the entire city of Phoenix.

scaleindependent's picture

I was waiting for ZH to evaluate Inside Job.

Excellent movie. The information in it is not new to the blogosphere, but in it you can attach faces to names. For example, in one scene you can see Mishkin squirming.


It is an excellent movie in that is is a great introduction to the plutocracy for the masses. The problem is that it was being offered in two movie theaters in all of LA county, although the place was full.

I took 6 people with me so that they can get educated. It worked.

It is imperative that all who know about the thievocracy educate their neighbors and friends. It is your duty to take people to see this movie. Also, link the movie to your Facebook account etc.


Mongo's picture

Here is a tip for the bankers... keep away from the lamp posts... the might be connected to the rope that people will hang them on.

Sabibaby's picture

They probably better watch out for bullets too. If one bullet hits their knee  they should prey the next bullet goes through their head.

Pladizow's picture

As long as you shoot them below the knee, you can not be tried for attempted murder!