Some of the ethical dilemmas encountered by CPAs in industry are quite different from those faced by their counterparts in public accounting firms. Loscalzo Associates' John Fleming answers the question: who is the ultimate client for an accountant working in private industry?
Clips explain and illustrate key topics in finance using a variety of case study examples.
Return On Capital Employed
Accounting at the Movies
Accountants @ the Movies
Shallow Grave DVD4584
Christopher Eccleston co-stars with Ewan McGregor as David Stephens, a chartered accountant who becomes involved in some grisly goings-on at an Edinburgh flat. When three friends find their new roommate dead and a suitcase full of money under his bed, they have no trouble deciding how to dispose of the cash, but the body is a different story.
The Royal Tenenbaums DVD0186
Danny Glover plays against type as soft-spoken accountant Henry, the love interest of Anjelica Huston’s archaeologist. Of all the quirky characters in the movie Henry stands out as possibly the most unusual because there isn’t anything unusual about him.
Midnight Run DVD1963
In the 1988 road movie Midnight Run, Charles Grodin’s Jonathan Mardukas is another accountant who uses his skills for unconventional purposes: he’s a runaway white-collar criminal who has defrauded a mob boss of several million dollars.
Dead Man DVD5875
Johnny Depp plays William Blake, a meek but still gothic-looking accountant fleeing across the Old West after being accused of a murder, all the while being pursued by murderous, cannibalistic hired killers.
King of Queens actor Kevin James plays an accountant in the 2005 sex comedy Hitch. Playing opposite Hollywood heavyweight Will Smith, James is a funny and bumbling Albert Brennaman who falls in love with the millionaire heiress out of his league.
The Untouchables DVD4382
Unassuming number-cruncher Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith) turns out to be a crucial member of the elite Untouchables police team, feeding them the information which leads to them finally bringing the infamous crime lord, Al Capone, played by Robert De Niro, to trial.
Schindler’s List DVD1090
German businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) and his Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) are unlikely friends. It is this friendship which helps convince Schindler to make his leap into heroism by rescuing hundreds of Jews from the Nazi death camps and sheltering them in his factory.
Ghostbusters (1984) DVD5018
In Ghostbusters, Rick Moranis plays an over-the-top role as geeky pint-sized accountant Louis Tully, who just happens to live in an apartment custom-built to facilitate the end of the world.
The Producers DVD0138
Gene Wilder plays hyper-neurotic, blanket-dependent number-cruncher Leo Bloom in the Mel Brooks movie The Producers. In his role as the meek and vulnerable Leo, he is a perfect foil for Zero Mostel’s megalomaniac producer Max Bialystock. Bloom is clearly not cut out for a life of crime and during the pair’s scheme to defraud investors in their Broadway play he becomes prone to increasingly hysterical and hilarious panic attacks.
Shawshank Redemption DVD0053
"Red" Redding is a lifer who knows the ropes at Maine's Shawshank State Prison. New inmate Andy Dufresne is a quiet banker, unjustly convicted of murder. Andy's indomitable will earns Red's friendship and his resourcefulness brings hope and change to the entire prison.