Too Big to Fail

Too Big to Fail

DVD - 2012
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Dramatizes the financial crisis of 2008 as Wall Street executives negotiate with high level government officials to avoid bankruptcy.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : HBO Home Entertainment ; Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2012
ISBN: 9780780683020
0780683021
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT FICTION
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: In English, French, Spanish or Polish with optional Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, French, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian or Spanish subtitles

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richmole
Apr 21, 2019

Hadn't seen To Big To Fail until 2019, although I've seen some documentaries on the fascinating "financial melt-down" years and two other superior movies: "The Big Short" and Kevin Spacey's Insider-drama, "Margin Call"--which I think is the best of the three.

This one--from 2011--Is very interesting, and all the (stellar) cast members do well, especially Paul Giamatti as Fed Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke (nicely underplayed) and William Hurt as Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

It's surprisingly good, when you consider it was a made-for-TV movie, which, at the time, often didn't usually have the production values we now association with Netflix and Showtime and all the others.

This one was "Top Drawer" and still is.

Conclusion (as we all know by now): NOTHING--no matter how painstaking the planning and strategy--really worked to prevent the market plummet and economic fallout.

Worse, the result of all the machinations: 2007's high level risk is now actually much higher.

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dennismmiller
Mar 29, 2017

Well-acted, impeccably cast, dramatically compelling retelling of the climax of the 2008 financial crisis. Only partially based on the Sorkin book of the same name, HBO's "Too Big To Fail" takes Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson as its protagonist and suffers somewhat as a result. Interesting double feature - this and the BBC production "The Last Days of Lehman Brothers", which covers some of the same ground.

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akirakato
Dec 06, 2016

This is an American television drama directed by Curtis Hanson, first broadcast on HBO on May 23, 2011, based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's non-fiction book "Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves".
It shows a searing account of the 2008 financial crisis, providing an in-deapth look at the intersection of Wall Street and Washington.
It creates an explosive drama capturing how the US economy was brought back from the brink of collapse.
It is an engrossing and engaging film for you to recapture the financial crisis.

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voisjoe1_0
Sep 08, 2016

I lived through the Great Recession of 2008, lost 60% of my house value, lost 25% of my retirement savings so I followed the events closely through various media. The film is a great summary of the Wall Street players (all in the top 0.1% or maybe even the top 0.01%). I remember them getting all that TARP money ($700B) and having to guarantee absolutely nothing for the use of that money. The Wall Streeters gave little or nothing to the middle-class in mortgage interest deductions. Instead the they used part of the government money to pay themselves huge bonuses for having very deftly gotten the use of free money. I also remember that The Tea Party group was then funded largely by the top 0.1% with the Tea Partiers going around with the belief that it was all done by Obama when in reality it was done by Bush months before Obama took office.

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uugene
Jun 08, 2016

Fine acting, but this film inexplicably portrays Paulson and Geithner as savior/knights, instead of examining their deep involvements with the instigators of the financial mayhem.

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StarGladiator
Apr 03, 2016

Horrible and atrocious pure propaganda film, instead try reading this:
www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/22/killing-off-community-banks-intended-consequence-of-dodd-frank/
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
www.wallstreetonparade.com/2015/08/michael-hudsons-new-book-wall-street-parasites-have-devoured-their-hosts-your-retirement-plan-and-the-u-s-economy/
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
www.wallstreetonparade.com/2015/10/bank-regulators-speech-shows-the-extent-of-financial-reform-failure/

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DesLi
Jan 27, 2016

If you want a great glance on what happened on the subprime tsunami and want something entertaining rather than documentary, this is the movie.

real_thing Jan 15, 2016

TRUE STORY Wall Street bullshit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Bookafterbook
Oct 31, 2015

The frightening reality of the subprime mortgage fiasco brought on by a republican decrease in regulation, followed by a democratic furtherning of deregulation. All to terrible effect to the economy and cost to taxpayers in lost investments and tax dollars. And what did these failing firms use the bail out funds for.....? Huge bonus' to executives of course. Forget taking care of shareholders and public responsibility. Yikes. Read any of Michael Lewis' books on this and many other fascinating financial subjects.

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Je3000
Jan 21, 2015

It shows how are the things rolling in this economy.

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