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Too Big to Fail (2011)

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

Director:

Curtis Hanson

Writers:

Peter Gould, Andrew Ross Sorkin (book)
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 ... Skip McGee
Ben Livingston ... Investment Banker
Erin Burnett ... Herself
Chance Kelly ... Bart McDade
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Storyline

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:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Too Big to Fail See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Topher Grace initially had a hard time putting aside his political beliefs to fill his role, but after talking to Curtis Hanson he figured out how to access his character's emotions and was fine from that point forward. See more »

Goofs

A poster for Toy Story 3 is seen in Times Square. This movie takes place in 2008 and Toy Story 3 wasn't released until 2010. See more »

Quotes

Ronald Reagan: We have no intention of dismantling the regulatory agencies, however we must come to grips with inefficient and burdensome regulations, we will eliminate those that are unproductive and unnecessary.
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Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.18 (2011) See more »

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Short and Sweet
29 May 2011 | by tristan-845-36941See 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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