Too Big to Fail (TV Movie 2011) Poster

(2011 TV Movie)

Paul Giamatti: Ben Bernanke



  • 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.

  • Ben Bernanke : [Having breakfast with Henry Paulson]  Lehman's down another 10%.

    Henry Paulson : You are not gonna let me get down a single bite, are you?

    Ben Bernanke : This is why I have oatmeal.

  • Ben Bernanke : I don't really understand why there needs to be so much tension about this. The country is facing the worst economy since the Great Depression. If the financial system collapses, it will take every one of you down.

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