Too Big to Fail (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
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- Timeline of a Crisis - An in-depth look at pivotal events that impacted the economic crisis
Additional Blu-ray with HBO Select features:
-The Making of Too Big To Fail - The cast and crew share their thoughts on the events that inspired the film
-Opening the Vault on the Financial Crisis -The cast, crew and financial experts discuss the origins of the economic crisis
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Centered around Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (William Hurt, who we will be seeing around Emmy time), the film charts the period when Lehman Brothers was spiraling into bankruptcy and how the government's decision not to bail them out exacerbated a worldwide crisis with AIG. Like a house of cards, the tenuous balance of the economic system was in danger of toppling unless some major moves and compromises could be made. Introducing a huge cast of characters, the narrative puts Paulson at the center of the action as he wrestles to maintain an overall financial stability. As a dramatic recreation and interpretation of events, this plays as a blow-by-blow thriller.Read more ›
The story is incredible... One caution: it's tough to keep all the players straight. I had to watch it a number of times in order to follow the cast of characters. You'll need to have time when you can concentrate to watch it.
It's a tale of tumbling dominos.... you'll be shocked at how the key players were not at all in front of what was happening. The story is incredible, complemented by excellent acting and a great cast.
Inside Job gives a longer term view of some of the same players (please see my review)... and their relationships before, during, and after the crisis. Shocking!
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I am the first to admit that I find non-fiction much more palatable when wrapped around a good story. What TBTF does is to almost perfectly cast a star studded ensemble around a really good story.
I loved the characterizations of John Mack by Tony Shalhoub ("Cover your ears. Tell Tim Geithner to bl.w me!"), Lloyd Blankfein by Evan Handler ("You are stepping out of a limo going to the Federal Reserve and not a Higgins Boat storming Omaha Beach" and Jim Wilkinson by Topher Grace ("and we all know how well the Post Office works!"). Honorable mention to James Woods (Dick Fuld) & Billy Crudup (Tim Geithner).
IMHO, the real value of TBTF is in it's illustration of the multiple levels of incompetence:
1.) Despite having more employees than many private sector corporations, neither the Treasury, Federal Reserve or SEC knew that the British Banking Regulators had to approve any merger by Barclay's. BTW, this oversight was further compounded by Treasury steadfastly refusing to backstop Lehman for the 30-days it would take for a Barclay's share holder vote
2.) Dick Fuld walking into a meeting with a Korean bank that had already agreed to take a stake in Lehman sans their "toxic: real estate. Fuld wanted the suitor to take another look at the real estate, which caused a loss of "face" and killed the deal
3.) See #1. Not knowing how long it would take to enact the proposed toxic asset buy back program (AKA "Cash for Trash")
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A chilling reenactment of a devastating period in our financial history. Too Big To Fall, provides an inside look into our financial system that will make you shudder.Published 6 hours ago by SAThompson
Incredibly good. And incredibly terrifying ! Us little people can only watch afterwords. If you still have a house and a DVD player.... Read morePublished 1 day ago by STS
A movie worth watching and educating yourself on the fraud and bail out tax payers paid to banks that didn't deserve the bail out.Published 2 days ago by Ed.Win
Very revealing and a nice explanation of the causes of what happened in 2007-2008.Published 2 days ago by ChuckV
This movie provides the viewer with a blow by blow description of how we as a nation got into our current predicament. The jist of it all, greed... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Donald Wilson