Too Big to Fail

Too Big to Fail

DVD - 2012
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Offers an intimate look at the epochal financial crisis of 2008 and the powerful men and women who decided the fate of the world's economy in a matter of a few weeks. Centering on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the film goes behind closed doors to examine the symbiotic relationship between Wall Street and Washington.
Publisher: New York, NY : HBO Home Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : distributed by Warner Home Video, c2012
ISBN: 9780780683020
0780683021
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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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/
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www.wallstreetonparade.com/2015/08/michael-hudsons-new-book-wall-street-parasites-have-devoured-their-hosts-your-retirement-plan-and-the-u-s-economy/
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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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talktimereader
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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johnnyknuckles
Dec 16, 2013

You couldn't assemble a better cast--including William Hurt who manages an admirable performance considering the sudsy, by-the-numbers script. But it's absolutely unconscionable that the film portrays these people as "heroes" for saving the US economy at the brink, without even mentioning that these are actually the very people who brought the US economy to the brink in the first place. It's like praising assassins for the nice outfits they put on afterward.

To say this is a disappointing film is to put it mildly--not at all what I expected, or would hope for. I had thought this film would provide insight into HOW the meltdown came about and who was responsible, but that kind of analysis was completely absent. So short-sighted it's an unintended comedy. It's as if people like Andrew Sorkin, on whose novel this film is based, didn't learn anything from the Meltdown.

I laughed out loud when the film portrayed British financial regulators as villains for refusing the Lehman Brothers deal. Oh the irony--if the US had empowered its own regulators instead of dismantling them, they might have avoided the meltdown completely. But that's not the kind of insight you'll find anywhere in this film.

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