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Too Big to Fail ()


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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 5 wins & 28 nominations.
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Cast

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Richard Fuld
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Joe Gregory
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Henry Paulson
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Christal West
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Erin Callan
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Jim Wilkinson
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Neel Kashkari
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Michele Davis
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Wendy Paulson
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Warren Buffett
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Ben Bernanke
Beau Baxter ...
Skip McGee
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Investment Banker
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Herself
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Bart McDade
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Min Euoo Sung
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Translator
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Timothy Geithner
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Chinese Official
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Herself
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Chris Flowers
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Rodgin Cohen
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Greg Curl
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Assistant
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Robert Willumstad
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Christopher Cox
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Dan Jester
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Jamie Dimon
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Lloyd Blankfein
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John Mack
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John Thain
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Vikram Pandit
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Himself
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Greg Fleming
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Mid-Level Goldman Banker
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Hector Sants
George Taylor ...
Sir Callum McCarthy
Kathleen Coslett ...
Board Secretary
Danny Darrow ...
Mr. Akers
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Sir Christopher
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Admiral Evans
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SEC Lawyer
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Reporter
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Second Reporter
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Christine Lagarde
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Jeffrey Immelt
Steve Liesman ...
Himself
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Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts)
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Senator Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut)
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Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama)
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Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-California)
Bud Jones ...
Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada)
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Ruth Porat
Les Mau ...
Gao Xiqing (as Les J.N. Mau)
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Mack's Assistant
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Buffett's Great Grandkid (as Beatrice Miller)
Gia McKnight ...
Buffett's Great Grandkid
Patricia Randell ...
Chairman Sheila Bair
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Dick Kovacevich
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Ken Lewis
Joe Kernen ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Michael Taylor ...
Board of Directors Member
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Pedestrian (uncredited)
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Congressman (uncredited)
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Alistair Darling (uncredited)
Ken Bulcroft ...
Businessman (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Young AIG Executive (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Congressional Aide (uncredited)
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Mrs. Chinese Savvy Official (uncredited)
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Bank C.E.O. (uncredited)
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Buisnessman (uncredited)
Roy William Gardner ...
Bank of America Executive (uncredited)
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Background (uncredited)
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Limo Driver (uncredited)
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Financial Planner (uncredited)
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White House Staffer (uncredited)
Benjamin Lott ...
Squash Player (uncredited)
Joan D. Lowry ...
Astrid Buffet (uncredited)
Ande Mang ...
Banquet Waiter (uncredited)
Max Maxy ...
Street Musician / Saxophone (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Jeremy McLain ...
Corporate Employee (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Loukas Papas ...
Intelligence Analyst (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Bank CEO (uncredited)
Tyler Rumsey ...
Squash Player (uncredited)
Chuck Schanamann ...
Congressman (uncredited)
Mark Steiger ...
Street Vendor (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Jogger / Tourist (uncredited)
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Treasury Employee (uncredited)
Ralph A. Wilburn Jr. ...
Congressional Aide (uncredited)
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Board of Directors Member (uncredited)

Directed by

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Curtis Hanson

Written by

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Peter Gould ... (written by)
 
Andrew Ross Sorkin ... (book)

Produced by

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Carol Fenelon ... co-executive producer
Peter Gould ... co-producer
Curtis Hanson ... executive producer
Jeff Levine ... executive producer
Andrew Ross Sorkin ... co-producer
Ezra Swerdlow ... producer
Paula Weinstein ... executive producer

Music by

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Marcelo Zarvos

Cinematography by

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Kramer Morgenthau

Film Editing by

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Plummy Tucker
Barbara Tulliver

Editorial Department

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Angel L. Acevedo III ... post-production technician: dailies
Thomas Centrone ... dailies film colorist
Rick Derby ... assistant editor
J.D. Funari ... marketing editor
Laura Geucherian ... digital intermediate supervisor
Craig Hayes ... first assistant editor
Christine Kim ... assistant editor
Kevin O'Connor ... colorist
Shawn Petersen ... post-production coordinator
Sarah Jean Porter ... first assistant editor
David O. Rogers ... assistant editor
William W. Rubenstein ... post-production assistant (as William Rubenstein)
Thom Whitehead ... on-line editor

Casting By

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Alexa L. Fogel

Production Design by

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Bob Shaw

Set Decoration by

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Carol Silverman

Costume Design by

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Melissa Toth

Makeup Department

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Kat Drazen ... key hair stylist (as Katherine Difulvio)
Lisa Hazell ... hair stylist
Michael Kriston ... hair department head
Nicki Ledermann ... makeup department head
Amanda Miller ... wig maker
Tania Ribalow ... key makeup artist
Barbara Sansone ... additional hairstylist
Cassandra Saulter ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Sarah Connors ... post-production supervisor
Chad Tomasoski ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Julie A. Bloom ... first assistant director
Jason Fesel ... second second assistant director
Greg Gilman ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Katya Blumenberg ... assistant art director
Gabu Camilo ... additional props
Jen Day ... art department assistant
Jerry DeRogatis ... props: additional
Michael Kall ... key carpenter
Maddy Lederman ... set dresser
Aleksandr Lokensgard ... set dresser
Mike Montgomery ... key construction grip
Dana Neuwirth ... props
Tom Nierenberg ... set dresser
Ariel Poster ... art pa
Heather Prendergast ... assistant set decorator
Peter Regnier ... on set dresser
Pierre Rovira ... construction coordinator
Ron Stone ... property master
Jessie Walker ... camera scenic artist
Bryan Walsh ... leadman
Holly Watson ... graphic artist

Sound Department

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Bob Beemer ... re-recording mixer
David A. Cohen ... adr & dialogue editor
Jenna Dalla Riva ... foley recordist
Jesse Dodd ... adr mixer (as Jesse K-D. Dodd)
Ron Eng ... additional sound designer / adr session editor
Chris Gridley ... supervising assistant sound editor
Jack Heeren ... foley mixer
Chris Jenkins ... re-recording mixer
Michael Kirchberger ... dialogue editor / supervising sound editor
Nick Kray ... adr mixer
Travis MacKay ... adr mixer
Andy Malcolm ... foley artist
Jack Rametta ... adr mixer
James J. Sabat Jr. ... second boom operator
James Sabat ... sound mixer
Mike Schmidt ... boom operator
Unsun Song ... re-recording mix technician
Roy Waldspurger ... sound designer
Don White ... foley recording mixer

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Elizabeth Alvarez ... visual effects coordinator (as Liz Alvarez)
Tony Barger ... visual effects artist
Charles Collyer ... visual effects artist
Rodrigo Dorsch ... digital compositor: Zoic Studios
Syd Dutton ... visual effects artist
Gina Fiore ... visual effects executive producer
Sheila Giroux ... visual effects producer
Jim Gorman ... visual effects artist
Andrea Hernandez ... visual effects artist
Ivo Horvat ... visual effects artist
Jerome Knight ... compositor: zoic studios
Siobhan Lo ... visual effects artist
Doug Ludwig ... visual effects 2d supervisor
Dayna Mauer ... visual effects artist
Steven Meyer ... compositing supervisor (as Steve Meyer)
Christina M. Murguia ... visual effects artist (as Christina Boice)
Andrew Orloff ... visual effects supervisor
John J. Renzulli ... visual effects artist (as John J. Renzulli III)
Lesley Robson-Foster ... visual effects supervisor: on-set
Cory Shaw ... main title designer & animator
Mark Shimer ... visual effects artist
Kevin Vaisman ... visual effects artist
Chris Wright ... visual effects producer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Olga Abramson ... film loader
John Alcantara ... lighting technician
Michael Arisohn ... electrician
Deborah Brozina ... camera loader
Peter Bulavinetz ... grip
David M. Carr ... best boy rigging grip
Elizabeth Cash ... film loader
Daniel Cocuzzo ... rigging grip
Mark Cyr ... video/computer playback engineer
Andy Day ... gaffer
Kevin Flynn ... key rigging grip
Andrew Greve ... additional rigging electrician
Charlie Grubbs ... rigging gaffer
Emily Millay Haddad ... video/computer playback engineer
Craig Paul Harris ... rigging electrician
Chris Hayes ... camera operator: "a" camera
Aaron Jacobs ... rigging grip
Matthew Jacobs ... grip
Chris Kilduff ... best boy grip
Charles Libin ... camera operator: "b" camera / director of photography: second unit
Brendon Malone ... "a" camera dolly grip
Doug Meils ... video playback operator
Steven R. Paquette ... grip
Andrew Peck ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Macall B. Polay ... still photographer
Tom Prate ... key grip
Christopher Raymond ... first assistant camera
Stuart Rogers ... grip
Kyle Rudolph ... steadicam operator
Darren Ryan ... key video assist
Christina See ... light board programmer
Mike Sime ... video/computer playback engineer
Sean Souza ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Eric Swanek ... first assistant camera: "a" camera / steadicam assistant

Casting Department

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Mihal Freinquel ... extras casting associate
Christine Kromer ... casting associate
John Srednicki ... casting assistant
Kathryn Zamora-Benson ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Susan Antonelli ... set costumer
Emily Besa ... costumer
Lisa R. Frucht ... assistant costume designer
Ben Philipp ... costume production assistant
Caroline Quiroga ... assistant costume designer
Yaneya Rovira ... costumer
Monica Russell ... costumer
Christine Schultz ... costumer

Location Management

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Patrick Burn ... location manager: Washington DC
James Crispino ... location assistant
Deliana Daskalova ... location coordinator
Jason Farrar ... location manager
Amanda Foley ... location scout
Malaika Johnson ... location scout
David M. McGuire ... assistant location manager
Jason Quimby ... location scout
Marvin Ruffin ... assistant location manager
Georg Schmithüsen ... location scout
Jamie Vermilye ... location assistant
Nils Widboom ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Pete Anthony ... conductor
Mark Baechle ... orchestrator (as Mark Bächle)
Bryan Carrigan ... digital score recordist
Johnny Caruso ... music editor
Daniel Coe ... score preparation
George Doering ... musician
Robert Elhai ... orchestrator
Chris Fogel ... music scoring mixer / score recordist
Matt Franko ... music preparation
M.B. Gordy ... musician
Lisa Jaime ... additional music editor
Evyen Klean ... music supervisor (as Evyen J. Klean)
Sonny Kompanek ... orchestrator
Stephanie Lowry ... additional music editor
Victor Pesavento ... music preparation
Ryan Robinson ... scoring technical support engineer
Philip Rothman ... orchestrator
Peter Rotter ... music contractor
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation
Joe Zimmerman ... music librarian

Transportation Department

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Lawrence Dove ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Joan Altman ... production accountant
Monica Barraza ... assistant production coordinator
Sam Black ... researcher
Adam Bluming ... titles editor
Scott Bowers ... staff production assistant
John DeSimone ... production coordinator
MacKenzie Fallon ... assistant: William Hurt
Ryan Growney ... assistant to Curtis Hanson
Christopher Hall ... production assistant
Michael Hall ... production assistant
Charles Jeffreys ... production assistant
Ben Katz ... additional production assistant
Veronique Lee ... production secretary / script coordinator
Josh Leith ... assistant to Curtis Hanson
Stefan Mentz ... assistant to producers
Zsuzsa Mysak ... production assistant
Abigail Nash ... production assistant
Ginny Nugent ... production executive
Jessica Pollini ... production assistant
Darryl Prevost ... production assistant
Michael K. Reynolds ... catering chef
Deborah Ricketts ... footage clearances / stock footage researcher
Michael Riley ... title designer
Robert Spence ... accounting clerk
Bob Swensen ... title producer: main title
Abbey Taylor ... production assistant
Holly Unterberger ... script supervisor
Christian Vogeler ... production assistant
Luca Waldman ... production assistant
Connie Watkins ... stand in: Cynthia Nixon
Adam Wolenski ... first assistant accountant
Dustin Baxley ... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Pete Donohue ... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Miskiewicz ... stand-in (uncredited)
Bryan Webster ... stand-in: Ayad Akhtar (uncredited)

Thanks

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Kenneth Rogoff ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Too Big to Fail - Die große Krise (Germany)
  • Malas noticias (Spain)
  • Den ekonomiska stormaktens kris (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Too Big to Fail - Il crollo dei giganti (Italy)
  • Grande Demais para Quebrar (Brazil)
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  • 99 min
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Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #1.18 (2011). See more »
Quotes Ben Bernanke: I spent my entire academic career studying the Great Depression. The depression may have started because of a stock market crash, but what hit the general economy was a disruption of credit. Average citizens unable to borrow money, to do anything. To buy a home, start a business, stock their shelves. Credit has the ability to build a modern economy, but lack of credit has the ability to destroy it, swiftly and absolutely. If we do not act, boldly and immediately, we will replay the depression of the 1930s, only this time it will be far, far worse. We don't do this now, we won't have an economy on Monday.
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