After Hobbling Award Chances With AFI Fest Pullout, Apple Finally Sets Inaugural Film ‘The Banker’ For 2-Week Theatrical Run Before Streaming Release

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After Hobbling Award Chances With AFI Fest Pullout, Apple Finally Sets Inaugural Film ‘The Banker’ For 2-Week Theatrical Run Before Streaming Release
After abruptly pulling the George Nolfi-directed The Banker on the eve of its closing-night berth at AFI Fest last year and indefinitely postponing the December 6 release that was to mark Apple’s debut as a theatrical distributor, Apple has finally come forward and dated the period film for a March 6 theatrical release before it is placed on the Apple TV+ streaming service March 20.

Apple’s PR has steadfastly been ducking calls on this situation, which cropped up after allegations were made of sexual assault by Cynthia Garrett, who said her brother Bernard Garrett Jr molested both she and her sister when they were children.

The film tells the story of two black entrepreneurs, Bernard Garrett Sr (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson), who after becoming millionaires through Los Angeles real estate dealings banded together to buy banks in Texas, a perilous pursuit in the Jim Crow South.
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