Too Big to Fail

 2011 | Docudrama | 98 minutes 

Too Big to Fail chronicles the 2008 financial meltdown and the roles played by  Henry Paulson (U.S. Treasury Secretary),  Ben Bernanke (Chairman of the Federal Reserve), and Timothy Geithner (President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York). With large investment firms reeling from heavy losses, Paulson urges Congress to provide  funds to rescue these firms. Congress hesitates until Paulson convinces them the country faces another Great Depression if assistance is not provided.  The result is passage of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Paulson informs the banks  they will receive injections of capital from the government. A massive economic meltdown has been averted.
William Hurt (Henry Paulson) / Paul Giamatti (Ben Bernanke) / Billy Crudup (Timothy Geithner)
Why Stream This Film?
Because the 2008 financial meltdown really happened. And it nearly destroyed the U.S. economy.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 77%
  • Metacritic Score: 67
  • Emmy Awards: Nominated, Best Lead Actor (William Hurt); Best Supporting Actor (Paul Giamatti, James Woods)
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards: Winner, Best Performance by an Actor (Paul Giamatti)
You feel all the anguish, desperation, humor, and, yes, gallantry of the moment.
Michael Sragow

Baltimore Sun

TOO BIG TO FAIL uses every cinematic trick in the book but ultimately succeeds because we know the danger was real.
Michael Kinsley

The New York Times

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