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Will Roadside's Wall Street Drama 'Arbitrage,' Starring Richard Gere, Repeat 'Margin Call' Magic?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 3, 2012 at 2:58PM

When Lionsgate/Roadside scooped up U.S. distribution rights for some $2 million for Nicholas Jarecki's Wall Street drama "Arbitrage" at Sundance last January, they were banking on the film being as much a crowd-pleaser as their last Sundance acquisition, sleeper indie "Margin Call," which scored more than $13 million worldwide.
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Variety: In Hitchcock movies, innocent men struggle to clear their names. In "Arbitrage," the opposite is true: Billionaire hedge fund manager Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is guilty of fraud, infidelity and murder, but he walks free of consequence in a system fueled by money. If that cold business-as-usual philosophy sounds cynical, don't tell writer-director Nicholas Jarecki, who seems oddly nonjudgmental about the iffy morality in his high-toned narrative debut. "Arbitrage" never lets Miller squirm for long, whether cooking the books or covering up the accidental death of his mistress. Such smart, adult-targeted fare should pay dividends for the right distrib.

THR: The threat of a Madoff-like collapse adds timeliness and tension to Nicholas Jarecki's Arbitrage, a screw-turner about a man whose greed may have finally caught up to him. Familiar but not stale, and greatly helped by Richard Gere's fine-tuned performance, it has strong commercial potential.

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