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Chasing Madoff [Blu-ray] [Import]

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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • Release Date: April 3 2012
  • ASIN: B006Z7Z3IG

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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  31 reviews
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Markopolos probably deserves a better documentary than this May 20 2013
By Elliot Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, let me just say that I highly respect Mr. Markopolos and fully acknowledge that he was one of the few people who labored mightily to bring down the Madoff fraud. Unfortunately this documentary comes up way short when discussing the nature of the Madoff scheme, then quickly drowns in over-dramatizations of Markopolos extreme paranoia.

If you wish to gain a better understating of the Maddof affair and how Harry Markopolos fits into the picture, I highly recommend Frontline's documentary on this topic, or Diana B. Henriques book "The Wizard of Lies." If you want to see 45 minutes of extraneous footage of Mr. Markopolos loading clips into handguns, putting on body armor, or peeking through blinds, this is the movie for you.

Look, I get that Mr. Markopolos probably felt a great deal of stress going up against someone as powerful as Madoff, but in hindsight the level of his panic was probably not justified; the story since revealed shows that Madoff didn't regard Markopolos or the Media as anything other than a small roadblock to amassing new clients. Markopolos really jumps the shark when, after the Maddof scheme implodes, he becomes absolutely convinced that the SEC is imminently going to execute a raid on his home and assassinate him and his family in order to hide the evidence of the SECs failings. He has his wife stand at the top of stairs, gun drawn, with instructions to shoot anyone who tries to enter; meanwhile he goes to a nearby pizza shop to fax some documents to a reporter. The whole segment is absolutely bizarre.

Frankly, if Markopolos acted at all in person like he comes off toward the end of this documentary, I can understand why so many people wrote him off as someone whom not to take seriously. This in no way excuses the SEC from its failure to act however. Harry Markopolos was absolutely right about Maddoff, it is just a shame that he was so ineffective at making the case to everyone else.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money Nov. 7 2013
By Darlene - Published on Amazon.com
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Just go watch the free Frontline documentary on Madoff if you want to know how Madoff got away with things. Watching this, you'll just get to see and hear endless clips of Markopolos acting like he thinks his life is a financial services version of the Sopranos.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars great story, dissapointing doc Nov. 6 2012
By Rachel Grean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I was actually hoping for more on Madoff himself than to hear again just how frightened the whistle-blower was with more than a couple of filmed references to his children who are sweet but it felt like feather-bedding. I may not watch it again and I own it!.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it June 30 2012
By Trim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Important story, but this movie should have been made a 20 min documentary. The attempt to make this into a superhero story just work against it. Would prefer to watch a unbiased re-caption of the issue. Not worth watching the whole thing.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chasing Madoff May 10 2012
By Liv - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Although this was probably a low budget film, it is something most people should see. It is mindboggling that the offices who should have discovered the fraud did not, including the media. it seems they were afraid of powerful people in high places.I am glad I purcased this film from Amazon

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