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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

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 »

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Too Big to Fail See more »

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Dolby Digital

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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

Phone caller: Why didn't you guys head off this situation six months ago?
Michele Davis: Because the requisite magic wand wasn't available, Doug. But if we do find one, you will be among the very first to know.
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Solid HBO Original Film
2 June 2011 | by ayochristianSee all my reviews

I want to start off with saying I don't really watch these types of movies where it deals with a lot of politics and such because I find them boring, but this is not the case for "Too Big to Fail." I was highly engrossed and very surprised. Quite a few familiar faces who all do an excellent job. Music score was top-notch; just as thrilling as Dark Knight or Inception's musical score. Cinematography on point. Overall great story based on a major crisis we are still recovering from. I tip my hat to the director and writers.

E D I T: Although this is a good film, it is fiction. The film falsely portrays Henry Paulson as some type of hero when in reality he is not. It's very entertaining for a political thriller but do yourself a favor and watch Inside Job.


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