Too Big to Fail (2011)

TV Movie  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama  |  23 May 2011 (USA)
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Chronicles the financial meltdown of 2008 and centers on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.



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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »



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The heads of Wall Street's biggest investment banks were summoned to an evening meeting by the US Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, to discuss the plight of another - Lehman Brothers. After... See full summary »

Director: Michael Samuels
Stars: Corey Johnson, James Cromwell, David Annen


Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Gregory
Christal West
Erin Callan
Neel Kashkari
Michele Davis
Beau Baxter ...
Skip McGee
Investment Banker
Erin Burnett ...


A close look behind the scenes, between late March and mid-October, 2008: we follow Richard Fuld's benighted attempt to save Lehman Brothers; conversations among Hank Paulson (the Secretary of the Treasury), Ben Bernanke (chair of the Federal Reserve), and Tim Geithner (president of the New York Fed) as they seek a private solution for Lehman's; and, back-channel negotiations among Paulson, Warren Buffet, investment bankers, a British regulator, and members of Congress as almost all work to save the U.S. economy. By the end, with the no-strings bailout arranged, modest confidence restored on Wall Street, and a meltdown averted, Paulson wonders if banks will lend. Written by <>

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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: William Hurt; and three Oscar nominees: James Woods, Paul Giamatti and Michael O'Keefe. See more »


Ben Bernanke: [Having breakfast with Henry Paulson] Lehman's down another 10%.
Henry Paulson: You are not gonna let me get down a single bite, are you?
Ben Bernanke: This is why I have oatmeal.
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Short and Sweet
29 May 2011 | by (New Haven, CT) – See all my reviews

After watching hours of news stories about the bank bailouts, I still never fully grasped what was going on - only the most broad outlines of it.

This movie explained it clearly - and, most shockingly, somebody made a movie about banking regulations that was interesting and engrossing.

Excellent cast at the top of their game - and first rate writing and directing. Check this one out!

(Disclaimer: If you need car chases, boobs-and-butts, terrorist bombings, food fights or sex and drugs to enjoy a film, skip this one! It's not going to be up your alley!)

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