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A selection of media about accounting available at McDermott Library


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.

Hitch               DVD3222

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.