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The Banker (2020)

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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

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't Pay the Man. Be the Man.

Genres:

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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The film, shooting of which was completed in 2018, was held up for original release in 2019 when one of the producers, Bernard Garret Jr. (son of the main character depicted in the film) whose name has been removed from the credits, was accused of sexual misconduct. 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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Crazy Credits

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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A Place in the Sun
Performed by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

 
Excellent movie, don't bash it because it came out on Apple TV+
21 March 2020 | by JtktSee all my reviews

This is a replay of The Morning Show. It got horrible ratings immediately before people even had a chance to watch it just because people love to hate Apple.

This was a superb movie with fantastic actors, excellent writing and beautiful cinematography. Jackson is fantastic as always but Mackie was powerful as well; the entire cast did a great job. The plot advances at a nice pace and there is a great mix of drama and comedy that keeps the momentum going. The social statement is built into the storyline without bludgeoning you over the head. This is a huge part of US history and it's a story that needed to be told, I say well done


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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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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