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.

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George Nolfi

Writers:

Niceole R. Levy (screenplay by) (as Niceole Levy), George Nolfi (screenplay by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Mackie ... Bernard Garrett
Samuel L. Jackson ... Joe Morris
Nicholas Hoult ... Matt Steiner
Nia Long ... Eunice Garrett
Scott Daniel Johnson ... Robert Florance, Jr.
Jessie T. Usher ... Tony
Colm Meaney ... Barker
Paul Ben-Victor ... Donald Silverthorne
James DuMont ... Senator McClellan
Taylor Black ... Susie
Gregory Alan Williams ... Britton Garrett (as Gregalan Williams)
Bill Kelly ... Charles Renault
Jaylon Gordon ... Bernard Jr. (11 Years Old)
Michael Harney ... Melvin Belli
David Maldonado ... Bank Examiner (as Dave Maldonado)
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Storyline

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.

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Biography | 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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Samuel L Jackson and Anthony Mackie both in the movie The Man 2005 See more »

Goofs

Gross annual income is calculated from actual leased units. There is no need to adjust for the vacancy rate. So, the valuation of the property in Bernard's question will be $880,000, not $800,000. See more »

Quotes

Joe Morris: That's what I like about you. You are a good person. Ain't been corrupted by the world yet. Like a child. But, that's gonna change when you get rich.
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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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Blue Note Shuffle
Written and Performed by Mike Goudreau
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Great Story - Very enjoyable
20 March 2020 | by cafc1947See all my reviews

Really enjoyed watching this. A good story very well acted and directed.

The movie had a good pace and never felt rushed or laboured.

If you liked Green Book and Hidden Figures you will enjoy this.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Banker See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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