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The Banker (2020)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 March 2020 (USA)
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In the 1960s two African-American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur.

Director:

George Nolfi

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Brad Kane (story by), Niceole R. Levy (screenplay by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nicholas Hoult ... Matt Steiner
Samuel L. Jackson ... Joe Morris
Anthony Mackie ... Bernard Garrett
Nia Long ... Eunice Garrett
Taylor Black ... Susie Steiner
Colm Meaney ... Patrick Barker
Jessie T. Usher ... Tony Jackson
Michael Harney ... Melvin Belli
Gregory Alan Williams ... Britton Garrett
James DuMont ... Senator McClellan
Paul Ben-Victor ... Donald Silverthorne
Rhoda Griffis ... Mrs. Barker
Crystal Coney ... Anita Jefferson
Chris Gann ... FBI Agent
Xen Sams ... Judith White
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Revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson) devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garrett's wife Eunice (Nia Long), they train a working class white man, Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire - while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Their success ultimately draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens everything the four have built.

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Taglines:

Don't Pay the Man. Be the Man.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for some strong language including a sexual reference and racial epithets, and smoking throughout | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Samuel L Jackson and Jessica T Usher previously worked together as father and son in Shaft (2019). See more »

Goofs

In the scene at the Plantation Club, a piano is clearly audible on the soundtrack, but the onstage band doesn't have a pianist. See more »

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On the ending credits, pictures of the real life characters are shown aside the actors/actresses that were depicting them in the movie, plus original pictures related to the story. See more »

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An honest review
21 March 2020 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

It's a shame to see all the fake 8, 9 and 10/10's, but it's also a shame to see such a low rating for this well put together biopic - considering it took five writers to put it together, and usually anything more than two writers becomes a disaster.

The two big issues for me was the slow pacing and long dragged out scenes, and Mackie's acting. The 120 min runtime felt like 3 hours. This film needed a faster pace and some cutting/editing to bring its runtime down to 90-100 mins. As for Mackie, his monotonic dialogue and bland persona was a disappointment. I'm not sure if he was playing the actual Bernard Garrett's personality, or if he was just bored. Either way, his character could've used some skip in his step. On the other hand, Samuel L. Jackson, as always, nailed his character. He was perfect for this role, and made this film that much more entertaining. All other casting and performances were on point.

The cinematography, score and timely 60's sets and wardrobe were excellent. This biopic's story/screenplay was actually very well put together, and had a nice flow in the way it was told. However, it was a little weighed down, and could've used some OMG moments.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed it more that expected, and it's certainly undeserving of the current low rating. It's a solid and well deserved 9/10 from me. To see more of my 1000+ ratings and 800+ reviews, click on my username.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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