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A four hour mini-series which follows the exploits of the Manhattan private fund manager, Bernard Lawrence ‘Bernie’ Madoff, premiered on US television last week.
The title of the series is Madoff , which, as any good student of English would know, pretty much sums up the whole sordid story.
It begs the question: How in your right mind could you invest your millions with a man who carries the name Madoff ?
For those a bit confused let me explain:
The phrasal verb or expression ‘ to make off with' is defined as follows:
to snatch or steal: made off with the profits, carry (something) away illicitly, to escape with something, especially something stolen
The past tense of make off is made off . So this sentence - Bernie Madoff made off with billions - not so much stutters along, but tells the absolute and perfect truth.
Madoff made off with as much as $65 billion. Investigators have since recovered a paltry $11 million and Madoff is serving a 150 year sentence in prison.
Richard Dreyfuss (below), a Hollwood veteran of films such as American Graffiti , Jaws , Close Encounters of the Third Kind , Down and Out in Beverly Hills and The Goodbye Girl plays Madoff.
Critics have praised his high-energy, motor-mouthed performance, but generally the series has been described as a bit messy. The drama excels in the scenes where Madoff reveals to his family and his clients that “it’s one big lie”. Ouch! -
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