Too big to fail [videorecording] /
HBO Films presents ; Spring Creek Productions ; produced by Ezra Swerdlow ; written by Peter Gould ; directed by Curtis Hanson.
New York, NY : HBO Home Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : distributed by Warner Home Video, c2012.
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
0780683021, 9780780683020
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New York, NY : HBO Home Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : distributed by Warner Home Video, c2012.
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Director of photography, Kramer Morgenthau ; editors, Plummy Tucker and Barbara Tulliver ; music composed by Marcelo Zarvos ; production designer, Bob Shaw ; costume designer, Melissa Toth.
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5.1 or 2.0 audio ; widescreen.
Based on the book written by Andrew Ross Sorkin.
Originally broadcast as an HBO original movie on May 23, 2011.
James Woods, William Hurt, John Heard, Cynthia Nixon, Paul Giamatti, Tony Shalhoub, Edward Asner, Billy Crudup, Topher Grace, Kathy Baker.
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.
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In English, French or Spanish with optional subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese or Korean ; closed-captioned.
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Rated: 18.
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DVD, region 1, NTSC.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2012-11-01:
Based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's 2009 book of the same name, this HBO production skirts the line between documentary and drama. Peppered with news clips, it re-creates the events surrounding the 2008 Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and resulting freeze of the global credit markets. The central figure is Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, powerfully played by William Hurt. It is Paulson's decision not to bail out Lehman that brings down the markets. The film shows Paulson, his team, and others grasping at solutions that seem to evaporate before their eyes. At one point Paulson tells Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke to scare Congress into action, to which Bernanke responds, "I'm scared shitless myself." The best line, though, is Paulson's contrite answer to being asked why there wasn't better regulation: "No one wanted to. We were making too much money." In an unsettling postscript, the film explains that by 2010 the ten biggest banks held 77 percent of U.S. banking assets, making them too big to fail. VERDICT The viewer is dropped into the middle of the growing crisis, which then careens out of control only to reach an uncertain resolution. With the crisis still reverberating today, this film, with its taut performances and sensory barrage, underscores even better than the book does how close the world came to the evisceration of the entire banking system.-Lawrence Maxted, Gannon Coll. Lib., Erie, PA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Oscar-winning director Curtis Hanson (8 Mile, L.A. Confidential) adapts author Andrew Ross Sorkin's penetrating expose of the 2008 Wall Street financial crisis in this made-for-HBO docudrama featuring an all-star cast. As the U.S. economy hits the skids, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (William Hurt) finds himself caught up in a critical battle of wills between the key players on Wall Street, and the powers that be in Washington, D.C. With just weeks to go before the country plunges into the most devastating financial crash since the Great Depression, the powerbrokers on both sides scramble to pull the failing economy back from the brink of disaster. Ed Asner, Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti, Cynthia Nixon, James Woods, Tony Shalhoub, and Topher Grace co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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