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  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: HBO Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EPYZDK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,374 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Too Big to Fail [Blu-ray] [US Import]

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HBO's "Too big to Fail" takes the drama of our times the virtual collapse of the banking system and dissects it with pace and real verve. The film is based around the efforts of US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and a team of "Government Sachs" financiers plus Tim Geithner (Billy Crudrup), who is now Obama's Treasury Secretary, to deal with the massive crash of the subprime mortgage market, the poison of derivatives/ credit swaps and a level of greed that was always going to end in tears. Paulson and his agonies through this period are brilliantly captured by William Hurt playing the former CEO of Goldman Sachs and the man appointed by the hapless President Bush to steer a course through the carnage as the failures pile up. The action revolves around the unfolding crisis and the subsequent decisions to save Bear Stearns and Fannie May/Freddie Mac, let Lehman Brothers go to the wall and then almost the same day see the US Treasury step in to save the insurance giant AIG because "it was too big to fail". The portrait of the Lehmans collapse is fascinating. It's president Dick Fuld "the Gorilla of Wall Street" is played by the excellent James Woods who captures the level of hubris that Fuld exhibited and his failure to cash in on offers to take over the bank as the price of shares relentlessly headed southward (Fuld presided over a 90% stock drop in a year). Paulson tried to secure a deal with Barclays but ruefully reflects at one point "that the British never close". The film shows a subsequent phone call to the then Chancellor Alistair Darling where to the latter's credit he turned down any deal not least with the fears that even more bad debt contagion be brought into the UK system.Read more ›
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Hbo films are always very effective, and when it comes to history or true facts, they manage to picture reality in a very balanced way although not hiding their point of view. This film, for example, is a very complete and exaustive narration of what happened during the weeks of a huge financial crisis, and you can see and evaluate all sides reasons and motivations, as well as faults and responsibilities. All in a very captivating and very well performed way, where both cast and crew do their best to entertain and inform audience, creating a well balanced mix. And you end up understading all the who, what and whys of this dramatic crisis.
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
The financial crisis has made a splash in the film industry, ironically capitalizing on the failure of unregulated capitalism. There is also "Margin Call" and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." I couldn't help think about the LIBOR scandal that is on the horizon as this film mentions the major players and Barclays.

This film goes behind the scenes to show the phone calls and board rooms as the drama unfolds. The all-star cast gave us a credible performance. The characters are introduced by displaying their name and company affiliation on the screen. I wish they had used some flashier fonts and maybe some grindhouse swagger music as they walked in to talk to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (William Hurt) who is sometimes seen having breakfast with Fed Chair Ben Bernake played by Paul Giamatti.

Michele Davis (Cynthia Nixon) has to give a press conference and asks how to explain why AIG failed. At this point the movie comes together in one scene which explains the whole crisis in layman's terms and why mommies and kitties will die if AIG goes under...okay maybe not the last part, Ben Bernake does that later.

Billy Crudup plays Timothy Geithner the head of the NY Federal Reserve. His ideas and influence were instrumental in buying time for congress to act.

In looking toward Europe, they is a newer and scarier phrase: "Too big to save." This is a great film. I would also recommend the CNBC documentary "House of Cards."

PARENTAL GUIDE: No sex, no nudity, many F-bombs
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I love a great business drama in book or film format. 'Barbarians at the Gate' was great fun. 'Too Big to Fail' is along the same lines with William Hurt playing, what sounds by many accounts, a very fictionalised version of US Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson. Well, we weren't there so we will never know. But the basic premise is that in 2008 Paulson saves the banks, the US economy and the world by wheeling and dealing his way eventually to a banking bail out. Willima Hurt is great as the hero and James Woods does a fun Dick Fulds, raging as Lehman's goes down. Sparky dialogue, and probably somewhere near the truth in as much as it captures the selfishness and incompetence of bankers and financial institutes. Nobody seems to have a clue. The script surely gets that right.

One small point: the script blames the British for not blindly agreeing to Barclays buying Lehman's toxic assets first time around without some investigation into what exactly they were buying. 'We don't want to import your cancer' says some snotty-voiced Brit on the phone, as if that was somehow an unreasonable propostion!

The implication that the near collapse of the American property market and economy was somehow down to British unhelpfulness aside, this is an enjoyable story, well directed by Curtis Hanson. Happy endings all round. The banks, apart from Lehman, survive, the bankers keep getting their bonuses, the middle class and poor pay for it all! Perfect! (oops - hope I didn't give too much of the story away.)
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