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  (in credits order)

David Wenham ... Jim

Anthony LaPaglia ... Simon

Sibylla Budd ... Michelle

Steve Rodgers ... Wayne

Mitchell Butel ... Stephen

Mandy McElhinney ... Diane

Greg Stone ... Vincent
Kazuhiro Muroyama ... Toshio
Andrew Bayly ... Mr. Johnson

Thomas Blackburne ... Young Jim
Sharon Oppy ... Teacher #1
Giles Rittman ... Schoolchild
Dylan Foss ... Schoolchild
Jessica Voglis ... Schoolchild
Nicole Croker ... Schoolchild
Robert van Mackelenberg ... Chairman (as Robert Van Mackelenberg)
Jeff Keogh ... Christopher

Ian Bliss ... Executive #1
Peter Barron ... Executive #2

Matt Norman ... Limo Driver
Joshua Jay ... Roger
Mike McCoy ... Chauffer
Tanja Bulatovic ... Computer Lab Technician
Rodney Kelly ... Phone Trader
James Judge ... Phone Trader
Paul Hill ... Phone Trader
Vincent Gil ... Sheriff (as Vince Gil)
Tim Aris ... Police Detective
Stephen Leeder ... Billy
Kent Clifton-Bligh ... Boat Driver (as Ken Clifton Bligh)
Emily Lumbers ... Monica
Blowfish ... Jazz Band
Nicholas Galati ... Simon's Son
Holly Myers ... Yvonne
Sue Jones ... Bank Barrister
Maureen Edwards ... Supreme Court Judge

David Ross Paterson ... Board Member (as David Patterson)
Bruce Myles ... Ben
Anna McCrossin-Owen ... Teacher #2
Debora Robertson ... Reporter (as Deborah Robertson)
Julia Limb ... Reporter
Peta Doodson ... Librarian
Craig Madden ... Petrol Station Attendant
Lance Anderson ... Jim's Father
Aris Gounaris ... Immigration Officer
Ronald S. Stickland ... Immigration Supervisor
Kate Crawford ... B.T.S.E. (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer Zaya Connelly ... Schoolchild (uncredited)
Darren Hassan ... Stockbroker (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Connolly 
Writing credits
Brian Price (based on an original idea by) and
Mike Betar (based on an original idea by)

Robert Connolly (screenplay)

Produced by
John Maynard .... producer
Domenico Procacci .... co-producer
Original Music by
Alan John 
Cinematography by
Tristan Milani 
Film Editing by
Nick Meyers 
Casting by
Jane Norris 
Production Design by
Luigi Pittorino 
Art Direction by
Juliet John 
Costume Design by
Annie Marshall 
Makeup Department
Stephanie Larman .... hair designer
Stephanie Larman .... makeup designer
Dallas Stephens .... hair assistant
Dallas Stephens .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Elisa Argenzio .... production manager
Louise Gleeson .... post-production supervisor
Helen Lovelock .... post-production supervisor
Andrew Marshall .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Todd Embling .... third assistant director
Jason Faulkner .... second assistant director
Phil Jones .... first assistant director
Iain Pirret .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
Pete Baxter .... set dresser
Lee Chong .... art department runner
Peter Collas .... computer technician
Anne Flynn .... art department coordinator
Clive Jones .... scenic artist
Pia McDowell .... set dresser
Robert Molnar .... assistant set dresser
Tam Morris .... storyboard artist
Janie Parker .... set dresser
Leroy Plummer .... stand-by props
Robert Spiller .... constructor
Richard Veith .... draftsperson
Samantha Ward .... assistant set dresser
Sound Department
Yulia Akerholt .... sound editor: atmosphere
Meri Blazevski .... assistant sound editor
Steve Burgess .... adr engineer
Craig Carter .... dialogue editor
Rob Dawson .... boom operator
Ricky Edwards .... dialogue editor
Bruce Emery .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Bryce Grunden .... additional sound effects recordist
Mauricio Hernández .... adr engineer
Phil Heywood .... sound re-recording mixer
Rory McGregor .... sound mix assistant
Adrian Medhurst .... foley artist
Martin Oswin .... adr engineer
Martin Oswin .... foley mixer
Sam Petty .... sound designer
Sam Petty .... special effects sound editor
Andrew Ramage .... sound recordist
John Simpson .... foley artist
John Willsteed .... special effects sound editor
Tony Young .... foley recordist
Special Effects by
Clint Ingram .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Tony Beer .... visual effects
Toby Ehinger .... visual effects
Sheldon Gardner .... visual effects
Henk Hop .... visual effects
Kynan Hughes .... visual effects
Rachel Hynes .... visual effects
Peta Jenkins .... visual effects
Matthew Keighery .... visual effects
Sally Madgwick .... visual effects
Ross Mitchell .... opticals
Amanda Newton .... film recording and scanning
Bevan Wishart .... visual effects
Tom Coltraine .... stunt double: David Wenham
Zev Eleftheriou .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Argiro .... third electrician (as Antonio Argiro)
Kevin Campbell .... clapper loader
Andre Fleuren .... camera operator (as André Fleuren)
Dean Garro .... assistant grip
Tony Hall .... key grip
Terry Howells .... focus puller
Ben Jasper .... focus puller
Marin Johnson .... focus puller
Con Mancuso .... gaffer
Christopher Mitchell .... fourth electric
Emma Moroney .... clapper loader
Harry Panagiotidis .... Steadicam operator
Fabian Poggendorf .... grip
John Regan .... assistant grip
Matt Scully .... best boy (as Matthew Sculley)
Casting Department
Brooke Howden .... casting assistant
Brooke Howden .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gareth Blaha .... wardrobe attachment
Kelly Foreman .... costume stand-by
Jill Guice .... costume stand-by
Keryn Ribbands .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Leo Bahas .... negative matcher
Meri Blazevski .... first assistant editor
Margaret Bourke .... negative matcher
Arthur Cambridge .... color grader
Paul Cross .... negative matcher
Terry Hunt .... editing attachment
Ian Letcher .... colorist
Milena Romanin .... first assistant editor
Caroline Scott .... additional first assistant editor (as Carolyn Scott)
Annette Trevitt .... second assistant editor
George Turnure .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Nicholas Cervonaro .... assistant music engineer
Lyle Chan .... music supervisor
Richard Lush .... music recording engineer
Nick Meyers .... music editor
Virginia Read .... music recording producer
Julie Simonds .... music copyist
Bruce Smeaton .... music consultant
David Stanhope .... conductor
Karl Vyzard .... music copyist
Transportation Department
Bruce Ross .... vehicle coordinator
Other crew
Lesley Aitkin .... post-production script
Debra Annear .... account assistant
Mike Betar .... story idea
Maurice Burns .... location manager
Miranda Colman .... additional production runner
Tom Coltraine .... safety supervisor
Brendan Dillon .... key model maker
Adam Dolman .... production secretary
John Fox .... armorer
Leisa Francis .... post-production accountant
Leisa Francis .... production accountant
Eva Freeman .... script consultant
Katherine Fry .... continuity
Tina Hennel .... unit assistant
Lyn Jones .... post-production accountant
Hamish MacLeod .... location assistant
Kara Masters .... production runner
Anna Molyneaux .... production coordinator
Jane Moroney .... account assistant
Roger Morrison .... location assistant
Brendan O'Grady .... unit assistant
Jeffrey Raphael .... video grader
Rick Springett .... opticals
Alan Woodruff .... rushes synchronization
Deborah Wright .... location scout
Susie Wright .... pre-production coordinator
Marla Jane Lynch .... international festival coordinator (uncredited)
Marion Pilowsky .... special thanks

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104 min
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Some scenes were actually shot on the uppers floors of a major bank's corporate headquarters in Melbourne.See more »
Factual errors: In the first scene at the school house, the date, Monday 20th March 1977, is written on the chalkboard. March 20, 1977 was a Sunday.See more »
Jim Doyle:I just hate banks.See more »
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)See more »


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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Unfortunately, this one really missed the mark, 14 December 2004
Author: Vittorio Bollo from Johannesburg, South Africa

I got the DVD out of this 2001 film with some anticipation. After all, the credentials of the film looked really good: an Australian film, starring Anthony LaPaglia, a diatribe on global corporatism and, especially, the banking system and, to top it all, a winner for Best Original Screenplay at the prestigious AFI Awards.

Well, unfortunately, the film was, in its entirety, very disappointing. For one, it did not deserve to win Best Screenplay at the AFI or any other awards show for that matter. Conceptually the film did indeed have its merits but, alas, that does not necessarily a great screenplay make. What the film had brimming in promise (read: concept), it lacked sorely in true substance and, above all, plausibility (read: a good story). The plot line was simply not entirely believable and, quite frankly, it wrapped itself up just a tad too neatly at the end. For example, the lead character's true identity (and one of the turning points upon which the film's so-called 'final twist' relied) was executed very clumsily and unconvincingly. This screenplay worked neither as taut social commentary or satire nor as a dark drama/thriller and, in failing to work within a strong genre, it completely lost its impact. The script, whilst having some notable one-liners and observations about the banking/corporate world was, still quite poor in terms of real plot development and emotional buy-in.

The direction by director-writer Robert Connolly was competent without ever excelling in terms of plot revelation, mood depiction or genre-shaping flow. Simply put, the film lacked real drive, emotion or excitement and, frankly, the blame must rest squarely with the director; a director that, whilst seemingly assured and technically sound, lacked vision and verve in his execution here. As a result, the film is strangely flat, oddly devoid of any exciting build-up and simply does not linger in the memory.

Technically, the film cannot be outright faulted, but neither does that make it technically excellent. The photography by Tristan Milani was appropriately severe and steely-blue. Yet, the depiction of a corporate-geared Australian city (for a non-Australian, one struggles to know whether it's Sydney or Melbourne?) without real identity and sense of place was, in fact, a negative for the film's sense of mood depiction. The blame there should lie with director and cinematographer. The editing, particularly in regard to the computer graphics and F/X, had some merit, although, once again, a sense of verve was required here too. The worst culprit, however, was the at times clanging and even jarring musical score by Alan John. This is one score that ranged from being eerily excellent to downright annoying and distracting; ultimately, any excellence thereof was diluted.

In terms of acting, the saving grace of this film was indeed Anthony LaPaglia. His presence was broody, exacting and menacing, without resorting to the caricature of what a rich, corporate asshole should be portrayed. Kudos to him for a retrained, pitch-perfect performance. Unfortunately, the acting by the other actors in the film was far from riveting or even that good; a surprising letdown hardly ever seen in Australian cinema. The lead actor, David Wenham, had some moments of adequate intensity and character truth but, as a whole, he came across as insipid and unconvincing as a clearly left-leaning mathematical genius. Sibylla Budd as the (totally unnecessary and badly written) love interest simply came across as a very poor actress. She flinched and fluttered her eyelids at all the wrong moments and the intensity of her fledgling and confused feelings for our intrepid lead man were simply unconvincing and untouching.

The film's highlights? LaPaglia, some of the core social and banking-related issues that are wittily remarked upon and a (limited) amount of interesting social commentary. But, ultimately, this was a film that could have been, should have been, and simply fails. It had such contemporary, relevant and dynamic themes to run with and yet, throughout, it came across as merely derivative, unconvincing and even quite dull. This all made "The Bank" an even bigger letdown than most other disappointing films and its critical/award success even more puzzling and quite undeserving. The pedigree was all there but the chance to be a real winner of a film was simply lost.

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