A crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. With time winding down quickly, he intercepts a radio call for help from one of his drivers, who states his truck is being hijacked. In this environment, Morales refuses to give in and join the forces of corruption, to engage in violent attacks in reprisal and even declines to shoot an attacker. He and Anna have yet to be able to go through the books themselves to hide whatever required to remain clean. Abel's wife, Anna Morales (Jessica Chastain), beseeches Abel to fight violence with violence, but Abel refuses. Returning to work after weeks of rehabilitation, Julian is again accosted by criminals, this time on the Queensboro Bridge in broad daylight. In today’s environment, ethics has to be at the forefront of this message. Anna's father and most if not all of Abel's major competitors were and are corrupt. Business Insider's Brett Arnold wrote that the movie "may be slow, but it's never dull. A company’s board has to identify the important social pressures outside the company, respond to them in fashioning a cultural message, and develop a communications strategy for the internal and external audiences. Taglines In addition, someone, most likely one of his major competitors, is using scare tactics and intimidation to bring him down: hijacking his trucks, so far to the tune of $200,000 worth of stolen oil, beating up his drivers, beating up his salesmen, and making veiled personal threats against him and his family. When his trucks start being hijacked, there is increased pressure for his drivers to arm themselves. [5] On December 3, 2013, Oscar Isaac officially replaced Bardem. When another heist occurs and one of his driver fires shots, Abel has to go himself and find the missing driver to turn him to the police. He manages to scrounge up another $200,000 by taking out a mortgage loan against an apartment building that he and his younger brother own together. [6], Principal photography began on January 29, 2014, in New York City. When his trucks start being hijacked, there is increased pressure for his drivers to arm thems… His employees follow his lead and adhere to a similar code of conduct. As a way to secure financial independence for himself and trump his competitors, Abel, with the help of his attorney, Andrew Walsh (Albert Brooks), brokers a deal with a group of Hasidim, led by Joseph Mendellsohn (Jerry Adler), to purchase a fuel oil terminal on the East River. The head of the Teamsters encourages Morales to arm his drivers with handguns and fake permits that he can secure for him. Even when employees are beaten, attacked and chased, the employees follow the tone set by Morales. Abel Morales, played by Oscar Issac (a terrific performance), the main character sets out to survive and expand his business despite all the corrupt forces against him. "[17], A soundtrack album was released by Community Music on December 16, 2014. If our society is demanding more from our people and our businesses in the way of ethics, this is a very good trend for companies to recognize and embrace. [26], 2014 American crime drama film by J. C. Chandor, National Board of Review Award for Best Film, Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association, St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association, "Oscar Isaac, J.C. 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[8], On June 5, 2013, Javier Bardem joined the film to play the lead. [7] Other cast members include Ashley Williams, Elyes Gabel, Harris Yulin, Giselle Eisenberg, and Elizabeth Marvel. Instead, he exclaims, “I’ve spent my whole life trying not to become a gangster.”. They feel pressure from outside social forces. | It is worth seeing – not just for entertainment, but also for the ethics and compliance lesson. Morales faces a number of ethical quandaries. Plot Keywords [18], The film had its world premiere at the AFI Fest on November 6, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. [13] On July 16, 2013, Jessica Chastain joined the cast to play the lead role along with Bardem. His trucks have been targeted by robbers from the last few months, which scared his drivers. A Most Violent Year is a 2014 American crime drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. Morales refuses, believing that such a move could bring down even more heat on his operation from the authorities and potentially ruin his legitimate business connections with a bank financing his business. Hollywood has created a movie to confirm this trend and the public is attracted to the message of the movie. Having the money he now needs, Morales and Walsh pay off his creditors and secure the terminal. One driver, Julian (Elyes Gabel), is severely beaten when his oil truck is hijacked by two unknown assailants.

While all choices are not black and white, there is room for ethics, and there is value to be gained by avoiding corruption, violence and dishonesty.

In the end, he draws comfort from his important motto – He always does “the most right thing.” I will not give away the end but it is worth seeing this movie to see how his ethical principles guides him. "[25] Chastain was nominated for a Golden Globe. This incident once again shifts Morales and his company into the spotlight of not only ADA Lawrence, but also the bank, which informs him that due to the impending criminal indictments and this unfortunate public incident, it can no longer finance his purchase of the terminal. It looks like he is the front runner among those competing to purchase a $2.5 million prime riverside property that would allow him to expand the business and become the largest New York heating oil distributor. Morales confronts one of his competitors, who has facilities in Far Rockaway, threatening to alert the federal authorities as the stolen fuel is marked. The film premiered as the opening film of AFI Fest on November 6, 2014, and it was released theatrically on December 31, 2014.

Forente agrees to give Morales the loan, but on very unfavorable terms. Despite his disapproval, Abels drivers arm themselves with guns but lack the permit for them. Married to WASP Anna Morales née Robbins, Abel bought Standard, his father-in-law's heating oil distribution business operating in the New York market. The film was released in four United States theaters on December 31, 2014, by A24 Films and expanded from there to a nationwide release. [11] On January 22, 2014, A24 Films acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the film, which A24 then scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2014. [15] Influenced musically by the culture and life of the 1980s, specifically thinking of Miami Vice and Scarface, Ebert predominantly utilized synthesizers. But this deal has a risky clause which states that if Abel fails to pay the rest of the due payment, the facility and the deposit will be gone. Morales and his company are under investigation by Assistant District Attorney Lawrence (David Oyelowo), who seems determined to expose price fixing, tax evasion, and various other illegalities committed by Morales and his competitors in the heating oil business. Suspecting this intimidation is coming from his competitors, he begins to confront them one by one; each one denies any intimidation and theft to drive him out of business. New York City, 1981. Episode 164 — Catching Up on Recent OFAC Enforcement Actions, Webinar: 2020 FCPA Enforcement and Compliance Review. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 89%, based on 224 reviews, with an average rating of 7.76/10. Dancing Around the Edges: A Journey in the FCPA Guidance, The FCPA Guidance and Voluntary Disclosures, A Call to Arms: Conduct a Risk Assessment, Sidebars — Reflections on White Collar Law and Federal Crimes. [16] "It's a synthesis of sort-of calling-card themes and extended atmospheres. [20], A Most Violent Year received very positive reviews, with many critics comparing Chandor's style in this film favorably to the works of Sidney Lumet, and praise given to the performances of Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. DOJ Adds Six New Defendants to Price-Fixing Boiler Chicken Conspiracy, Sanctions Enforcement – Facilitation Violations. The site's critical consensus reads, "Gritty, gripping, and weighted with thought-provoking heft, A Most Violent Year represents another strong entry in writer-director J.C. Chandor's impressive filmography. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain with Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, and Catalina Sandino Moreno. A Most Violent Year was listed on many critics' top 10 lists. Ethics and compliance, honesty and integrity are values that are honored into today’s world. He has been building his business of fuel distribution to quite a big position.

Be Honest! [9] On January 29, 2014, while the film's shooting was underway, David Oyelowo joined the cast. [7][14], The musical score for A Most Violent Year was composed by Alex Ebert, who previously collaborated with director Chandor on All Is Lost (2013).

If our society is demanding more from our people and our businesses in the way of ethics, this is a very good trend for companies to recognize and embrace. After being attacked a driver for Morales brings a gun when he returns, ends up shooting at the attackers, and is ultimately arrested and fired by Morales. The hijacker denies he was hired by anyone but reveals that he sold his last stolen shipment in Far Rockaway. From an immigrant background, Abel Morales is trying to live the American dream on his own moral terms. Abel goes every where to get loans as the closure time nears.