Margin Call

October 21st 2011
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 105 min,
  • Roadside Attractions
  • Cast: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Aasif Mandvi, Ashley Williams, Susan Blackwell, Maria Dizzia, Jim Kirk, Jimmy Palumbo, Al Sapienza, Peter Y. Kim, Grace Gummer, Oberon K.A. Adjepong
  • Director: J.C. Chandor
  • Writer: J.C. Chandor
  • Producers: Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto
  • Co Producer: Anna Gerb
  • Associate Producers: Sean Akers, Daniel Hendler, Lawrence M. Kopeikin
  • Executive Producers: Joshua Blum, Michael Corso, Kirk D'Amico, Cassian Elwes, Rose Ganguzza, Anthony Gudas, Randy Manis, Laura Rister
  • Castings: Tiffany Little Canfield, Bernard Telsey
  • Costume Design: Caroline Duncan
  • D.O.P.: Frank G. DeMarco
  • Editor: Pete Beaudreau
  • Makeup: Cassandra Keating
  • Music: Nathan Larson
  • Production Design: John Paino
  • Set Decoration: Robert Covelman


Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, "Margin Call" is a thriller entangling the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.

When entry-level analyst Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto) unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster.

Expanding the parameters of genre, "Margin Call" is a riveting examination of the human components of a subject too often relegated to partisan issues of black and white.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Language
  • Production Budget: $3.4 million
  • Production Companies: Before The Door Pictures, Benaroya Pictures, Washington Square Films, Sakonnet Capital Partners
  • Production Schedule: 10 July 2010 - August 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "A great big ensemble indie drama exploring the tensions at a financial firm in a 24-hour period during the first signs of the economic near collapse on Wall Street in September 2008. The time limit is an odd one for the film as, though the stock drops were fast and the whole month has become known as a horror time for many investors, there wasn't really one single disastrous day ala Black Tuesday. The impact also didn't really flow through on many major businesses until weeks or months down the line.

With many parts of the world still getting over the GFC's impact though, this tale is still very much a relevant one. Shot in New York City this past Summer, the cast list is astonishing - Jeremy Irons as the firm's CEO, Demi Moore as the chief risk management officer, Paul Bettany as a top-tier trader, Simon Baker as a ruthless securities broker, and Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci and Zachary Quinto as analysts who work under Baker's purview. Penn Badgley, Mary McDonnell and Aasif Mandvi also star.

Quinto, whose analyst character is the first at the firm to spot the oncoming crisis, is also producing the film which J.C. Chandor directed from a script he wrote that scored high on the 2010 Black List. The project is set to have its premiere at Sundance shortly and going in is arguably the biggest project, star power wise, of the festival. Will there be much interest though in a film about the depressing economic state of the world? "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" wasn't a particularly big money spinner, can this do better?"

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 29 September 2011: Germany
  • 30 September 2011: Spain
  • 7 October 2011: Estonia
  • 10 November 2011: Netherlands
  • 17 November 2011: Hong Kong
  • 18 November 2011: Turkey
  • 29 December 2011: Portugal