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Too Big to Fail (2011)

Chronicles the financial meltdown of 2008 and centers on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

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Curtis Hanson

Writers:

Peter Gould, Andrew Ross Sorkin (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Richard Fuld
John Heard ... Joe Gregory
William Hurt ... Henry Paulson
Erin Dilly ... Christal West
Amy Carlson ... Erin Callan
Topher Grace ... Jim Wilkinson
Ayad Akhtar ... Neel Kashkari
Cynthia Nixon ... Michele Davis
Kathy Baker ... Wendy Paulson
Edward Asner ... Warren Buffett
Paul Giamatti ... Ben Bernanke
Beau Baxter Beau Baxter ... Skip McGee
Ben Livingston ... Investment Banker
Erin Burnett ... Herself
Chance Kelly ... Bart McDade
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 2011 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Quotes

Henry Paulson: [TIREDLY] The Fed can lend to non banks under unusual and exigent circumstances, we're thinking of taking over 80% of the company.
Jim Wilkinson: [INSISTENTLY] Hank we can't! This morning we were lecturing the entire country on moral hazard.
Henry Paulson: [INCREASINGLY ANGRILY] AIG has collateral, they have assets, Lehman didn't, we couldn't lend into a hole, its not the same story!
Jim Wilkinson: [PLEADINGLY] Nobody is going to care, its another bailout, with no legislation, the Hill is gonna go crazy, the country is gonna go crazy.
Henry Paulson: [...]
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An all right original film of the economic meltdown, and how government bails them out one by one!
30 May 2011 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This HBO original film "Too Big to Fail" shows one by one how the major financial companies took a dive one by one all by risky investments with lenders money. And the selling of bad mortgage loans and fake stock lead to the downfall of AIG, Bank of America, Merill Lynch, and Leman Brothers. And sadly as we see in this film as many Americans remember the American tax payer had to bail each out with their tax dollars when the federal government in Washington D.C. decided for it.

Director Curtis Hanson is true to form in this film as it was adapted from Andrew Ross Sorkin's book of the same name. The performances in the film are spot on especially that of William Hurt as treasury secretary Henry Paulson and veteran Paul Giamatti as fed chair Ben Bernanke. Also it was nice seeing James Woods and Cynthia Nixon("Sex and the City")in small roles, plus a delight was Ed Asner as Warren Buffet. This film proved what we all know the big financial companies and government people are tied in together and corrupt and the average Joe foots the bill for their escape as they clearly are "To Big To Fail"


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