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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 7 July 2017 (UK)
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A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States' 2008 mortgage crisis.

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Steve James
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Sung Thomas Sung ... Self - Founder, Abacus Federal Savings Bank
Hwei Lin Sung Hwei Lin Sung ... Self - Thomas Sung's Wife
Cyrus Vance Jr. Cyrus Vance Jr. ... Self - District Attorney, New York County
Matt Taibbi ... Self - Journalist & Author, The Divide
Jill Sung Jill Sung ... Self - Abacus President & CEO
Vera Sung Vera Sung ... Self - Abacus Director
Heather Sung Heather Sung ... Self - Physician
Chanterelle Sung Chanterelle Sung ... Self - Former Assistant DA
Linda Hall Linda Hall ... Self - Title Closer
David Lindorff David Lindorff ... Self - Investigative Journalist
Jiayang Fan Jiayang Fan ... Self - Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Polly Greenberg Polly Greenberg ... Self - Chief, Major Economic Crimes Bureay NY DA's Office
Yiu Wah Wong Yiu Wah Wong ... Self - Abacus Chief Credit Officer
Kevin Puvalowski Kevin Puvalowski ... Self - Attorney for Abacus
Sam Talkin Sam Talkin ... Self - Attorney for Mr. Wong
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After the 2008 financial crisis that nearly destroyed the world economy, none of the American financial institutions faced prosecutions for their shady dealings that contributed to this debacle, except one. Abacus Federal Savings Bank, a small Chinese-American bank that catered to the neglected market of their community, was indicted on fraud charges and loan falsifications. As the bank disputed these accusations, many in the mainstream news media noticed that far larger competitors appeared to have committed similar misdeeds without legal consequence; likely because they were "too big to fail." This film explores the history of Abacus and its legal battle for survival against this hypocritical, and likely racist, application of the law that seemed to determined to punish them as a scapegoat for crimes that much larger felons deserve to face. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,528, 21 May 2017

Gross USA:

$113,278

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,278
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1.85 : 1
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Steve James' first Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature, following notable omissions like "Hoop Dreams" and "Life, Itself". See more »

Quotes

Himself - Founder, Abacus Federal Savings Bank: Abacus, you know, is the Chinese calculator. China Regards abacus as a national treasure. So we say we'll name the bank Abacus.
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Very well done, must watch.
12 February 2018 | by johnsonmarques-83144See all my reviews

UNBELIEVABLE! I have never written a review but feel compelled to by the emotional response and anger this documentary has stirred. It is a well-done documentary, and I guess I am just shocked by its content.

I have studied the 2008 financial crisis extensively. I had no idea this happened. The US government and the New York DA's office should be absolutely ashamed. The fact that this happened makes me disappointed in my government. Part of me is holding some hope that the documentary is extremely biased and one sided (though I do not believe this is true). It makes me physically ill to think that the large financial institutions such as Citi Group, Bank of America, JP Morgan, etc., got away with what they did in causing the financial crisis and our government spent its resources persecuting this small family run community bank. Unbelievable.


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