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The Big Short Movie Quotes

Updated November 6, 2017 62 votes 36 voters 7.9k views10 items

The Big Short movie quotes bring the 2010 novel The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis to life in a feature film. The comedy-drama, which highlights the subprime housing market crash and subsequent financial crisis of 2007 to 2010, was adapted into a screenplay and directed by Adam McKay. The Big Short opened in theaters in the United States on December 11, 2015.

In The Big Short, Dr. Michael Burry (Christian Bale) isn't the typical Wall Street influencer in both his attitude and wardrobe. So when he discovers that the subprime market, fueled by banks offering risky mortgages, will soon crash and lead to a massive financial crisis, his reports of this (including to Tracy Letts) are brushed off as ridiculous. The bankers might not listen but Burry finds some who will.

Joining up with Mark Baum (Steve Carell), Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt) and others, this team of Wall Street outsiders do the unthinkable. They bet against big banks, wagering that these banks will fail, and make oodles of money in the process. It certainly doesn't make everything right in the end, but it's a unique way to deal with their anger about the situation while making bank for themselves in the process.

The Big Short is just one of several highly anticipated late 2015 movies along with Creed, The Danish Girl, The Good Dinosaur, and The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2.
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    More Incentives Than Greed

    More Incentives Than Greed
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    Georgia Hale: I'm sure the world's banks have more incentives than greed.
    Mark Baum: You're wrong.

    Whether she believes it or not, Georgia Hale puts on an innocent face when telling Mark that banks care about more than just making money. Either way, Mark is not buying it.
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    We Can Profit Off of Their Stupidity

    We Can Profit Off of Their Stupidity
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    Mark Baum: The banks got greedy and we can profit off of their stupidity.

    Knowing that the housing bubble is about to burst in spectacular fashion, Mark sees an opportunity to profit from others' loss. It might not be too ethical, but neither is what the banks have been doing either.
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    The Banks Have Trained Us to Trust Them

    The Banks Have Trained Us to Trust Them
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    Mark Baum: Banks have trained us to trust them. They've given us 25% interest rates, student loans.

    Mark puts the situation simply and bluntly. Banks conditioned Americans to trust them, then they screwed the Americans and profited gloriously.
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    We Could End Up Making a Fortune

    We Could End Up Making a Fortune
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    Mark Baum: I think the economy may collapse and we could end up making a fortune.

    As Mark explains, the economy is about to collapse under the weight of the subprime market. While others will lose immeasurable fortunes, if they bet against the banks, they could make big bucks.
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