YOU KNOW THE NAME. YOU KNOW THE SCANDAL. BUT YOU DON’T KNOW THE WHOLE STORY.
One of the most eye-catching moments of the financial crisis in 2008 was the revelation that successful Wall Street stock broker and financier Bernie Madoff was running a huge $65 billion Ponzi scheme that ultimately ruined people’s lives and sent Madoff away on a 150-year-sentence. This miniseries introduces us to the charismatic businessman and his family, shows where he came from as a young man and how everything started to unravel. Richard Dreyfuss is excellent as Madoff, and it’s a slick production. But we don’t really get under the skin of this record-breaking fraudster, and the writing is superficial.
2016-U.S. Made for TV. 165 min. Color. Directed by Raymond De Felitta. Cast: Richard Dreyfuss (Bernie Madoff), Blythe Danner (Ruth Madoff), Peter Scolari (Peter Madoff), Tom Lipinski, Frank Whaley, Michael Rispoli… Lewis Black, Charles Grodin.
Trivia: Originally shown in four parts. The story of Madoff was also told in a TV movie, The Wizard of Lies (2017).