Some people think that accountants and bookkeepers are no longer of importance in today’s world. Since there are now various software available that can do most of accounting tasks, business owners tend to no longer consider hiring one at all. But it’s important to keep in mind that even in this advanced society, we still need professional accountants not just to ensure that we pay proper taxes, but most importantly, to effectively keep track of our finances.
Accountants and bookkeepers are heroes. Well, for me, they truly are. As mentioned, not only that they help me do my taxes, but they also make sure that my finances are managed well. Not to mention that they do their best, even put their jobs at risk, just to keep me and their other clients protected. I believe that you also know that.
Just in case you don’t, watch at least some movies or TV shows about accountants and you’ll understand what I am talking about. In the movies, accountants and bookkeepers often depicted as weird, competent, exciting, and intelligent people. If you will watch them, you will discover how accountants can lead a team, fall in love, serve well, fight unscrupulous individuals, and save lives. Here are some of the big screen’s most memorable accounting films.
This is a classic 1968 comedy film played by Gene Wilder (Leo Bloom). Sure, Leo is hardly a hero material; he’s timid, reluctant, and spiritless, but he is smart and truly has a talent in accounting. One of his clients is the impatient Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel). Max was once one of the most successful Broadway producers, but his career went into tailspin after a number of fail plays. Leo, his new accountant tries to help him with a suggestion to make shows that are a guaranteed flop – in that way, Max could legally keep all the extra money. Max loves the idea, so together, they plan the worst play ever. But when the show opens, their scheme unexpectedly goes wrong – instead of being a flop, their play becomes successful.
The Shawshank Redemption
This is a 1994 drama film starred by Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne). Andy is an honest and intelligent banker who is framed for killing his wife. He is surely devastated about what happened to him, but he never allows things to just flow. Soon, he uses his knowledge in accounting to get some advantages in the prison – first, by helping the chief guard with his tax problems, and then helping the greedy director with some of his money laundering operations. Andy is truly an honest and kind man, but he believes that he will never find justice because the jail system is corrupt and full of lies. So he has no choice but to help the people in charge in the prison. While doing that, he’s planning his escape. Eventually, Andy escapes from the prison and ultimately achieves his goal to expose the director, who is corrupt and devious.
Nick of Time
This is a 1995 political thriller film starred by Johnny Depp (Gene Watson). Gene is an ordinary public accountant who turned hero when his daughter is kidnapped and told by the kidnappers to kill the governor to save his daughter’s life. The rest of the story follows Gene as he desperately attempts to warn the states’ governor (Eleonor Grant) without the knowledge of the kidnappers.