Too Big to Fail

Too Big to Fail

Curtis Hanson (2011)

12 Certificate


Our Score
The US financial crisis of 2008 is put under the spotlight in this quality HBO movie from LA Confidential director Curtis Hanson. It charts the battle by US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (William Hurt) to save the economy from catastrophe by bailing out investment bank Lehman Brothers. Hanson's examination of the back-room machinations is thoroughly absorbing, especially when the effects are still being felt, and as long as you're willing to invest careful attention in what can be a densely factual affair. Thankfully, Hanson has a first-rate cast to bring the multitude of chief executives, officials and advisers to life, including James Woods as Lehman's fulminating CEO and Paul Giamatti as president of the Federal Reserve. But the standout performance comes from Hurt, whose careworn Paulson is at the centre of the maelstrom that has had such a serious impact on the global economy. It's informative but gripping and scary, too.


Fact-based drama set during the 2008 Wall Street crisis brought about by the collapse of the Lehman Brothers bank. As the American economy faces catastrophe, US Treasury secretary Henry Paulson wrangles with power brokers from the political and financial worlds to prevent the country being plunged into another Depression. With William Hurt, James Woods, Edward Asner, Paul Giamatti and Billy Crudup.

Cast & Crew

Henry Paulson William Hurt
Warren Buffett Edward Asner
Timothy Geithner Billy Crudup
Ben Bernanke Paul Giamatti
Jim Wilkinson Topher Grace
John Thain Matthew Modine
Michele Davis Cynthia Nixon
Chris Flowers Michael O'Keefe
Jamie Dimon Bill Pullman
John Mack Tony Shalhoub
Dick Fuld James Woods
Joe Gregory John Heard
Congressman Barney Frank Dan Hedaya
Wendy Paulson Kathy Baker
Lloyd Blankfein Evan Handler
Vikram Pandit Ajay Mehta
Christine Lagarde Laila Robins
Director Curtis Hanson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD