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1.What is the movie about?

The movie is based on the best seller of Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, is about the real case of the biggest leveraged buyout of the RJR Nabisco Company.

In the movie we can se Ross Johnson from his early childhood to his adulthood being a really good salesman and worker. Later on, he becomes the CEO of RJR Nabisco and while he is very excited about the release of a new product tall the shareholders are watching him closely and are very anxious about the success of the new cigarettes. Unfortunately the Premier cigarettes are a complete fiasco, they taste badly and they won´t sell as well as he thought. So, his plan is to buy the company, giving the shareholders a substantial profit per share, as he has faith in his beloved company

Word of this leaks out; the main theme of the movie is a Wall Street war between multi-million dollar companies and which can offer the highest bid.

At the end even that Ross´s offer is higher, he cannot buy the company and the one that buys it is his biggest enemy Henry Kravis.

2.What are the companies involved in the movie?

RJR Nabisco
Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts
First Boston Corporation

3.Who are the main characters?

Ross Johnson- President and CEO of RJR Nabisco
Henry Kravis- Senior partner, Kolberg Kravis Roberts & Co
Peter Cohen- Chairman and chief executive of Shearson Lehman Hulton John Greeniaus- president and chief executive of Nabisco
Peter Atkins, special counsel to the RJR Nabisco board of directors.

4.What is RJR Nabisco core business?

RJR Nabisco, Inc., was an American conglomerate, selling tobacco and food products, headquartered in the Calyon Building in New York City. RJR Nabisco was formed in 1985 by the merger of Nabisco Brands and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.[2] In 1988 RJR Nabisco was purchased by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in what was at the time the largest leveraged buyout in history. In 1999, due to concerns about tobacco lawsuit...
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