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Margin Call on TV

At 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday September 27th, BBC2 TV is showing Margin Call, a movie about the beginnings of the financial meltdown we now all live in the becalmed and depressed and resentful aftermath of.

I wrote admiringly about this movie when it was first being shown in British cinemas, to near-zero audiences if my experience was anything to go by. Maybe this time around more people will pay attention to it, what with the BBC’s Radio Times giving it four stars.

13 comments to Margin Call on TV

  • Numeracy

    That’s 27 September.

  • That’s 27 September.

    Never forget.

  • Brian Micklethwait (London)

    Numeracy: thanks. To avoid any muddle I have simply corrected this, rather than left any trace of October.

    Just as well I included the word “tomorrow”, or the error would not have been nearly so obvious.

  • Brian, I watched it on your recommendation at the time, and it was time and money very well spent.

  • Laird

    I missed this one at the time it came out and have been waiting for another opportunity to see it. Hopefully it will find its way to TV in the US sometime soon. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Runcie Balspune

    Laird, it should appear on iPlayer, and you can use something like Hola to overcome the regional restrictions.

  • Sam Duncan

    That’s Sunday at 12.05am for those of us in Scotland. Because… I have absolutely no idea.

    (I never bought the SNP’s claim that the BBC was biased during the referendum campaign – which seemed like deliberate misdirection to me – but I think the Corporation is a large part of why I opposed separation. When I was growing up, the only experience I had of Scottish autonomy was the soul-destroying phrase, heard only on the BBC, “That’s except for viewers in Scotland, who have their own programmes at that time”. Gee, thanks.)

  • Ken

    If you really want to do this with your life you have to believe that you’re necessary. And you are. People want to live like this in their cars and their big fucking houses that they can’t even pay for? Then you’re necessary. The only reason they all get to continue living like kings is because we’ve got our fingers on the scales in their favor. I take my hand off and the whole world gets really fucking fair really fucking quickly and nobody actually wants that. They say they do but they don’t. They want what we have to give them, but they also want to play innocent and pretend they have no idea where it came from. That’s more hypocrisy than I’m willing to swallow. Fuck them. Fuck normal people.


  • JohnK


    Somebody had to watch the White Heather Club, and it certainly wasn’t going to be me.

  • Laird

    Turns out that my local public library has this movie on DVD! I have requested it.

  • RAB

    Just watched it. Not a car chase in it, thank god. The Glengarry Glen Ross of the credit crunch. Toxic packages of debt passed around until the music stops.

  • Johnathan Pearce

    It is indeed an excellent film and Spacey is, as usual, terrific. Jeremy Irons is also very good.

  • The Sanity Inspector

    I watched it on dvd a couple of years ago, and it was indeed reminiscent of Glengarry Glen Ross. I invite you to read my Amazon review of it here.