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The Bank

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2001
  • Robert Connolly
  • 106 mins

Summary

The Bank is a thriller about banking, corruption and alchemy.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Enthralling both as a thriller and as a caustic portrait of corporate greed, this superb debut from writer/director Robert Connolly delivers a crowd-pleasing comeuppance to an institution that people love to hate - the bank. David Wenham plays a brilliant Australian mathematician who is close to perfecting a computer programme that will be able to predict major stock market ups and downs. He sees it as a way to protect millions of ordinary folk from losing their savings: his employer (Anthony LaPaglia), the head of a big Australian bank, has other ideas. Just in case there is any confusion about where Connolly's sympathies lie, the central storyline is juxtaposed with a moving subplot about a couple whose young son has killed himself rather than pass on a foreclosure notice handed to him by a bailsman working for LaPaglia's bank. Wenham is superb as a man coping with the conflict between his moral code and a desire to leave his mark on the world of mathematics, while LaPaglia offers up the most monstrous business executive since Michael Douglas's Gordon Gecko in Wall Street.

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Credits

Cast

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Jim DoyleDavid Wenham
Simon O'ReillyAnthony LaPaglia
Michelle RobertsSibylla Budd
StephenMitchell Butel
Diane DavisMandy McElhinney
VincentGreg Stone
ToshioKazuhiro Muroyama
Mr JohnsonAndrew Bayly

Crew

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DirectorRobert Connolly

Details

Languages
English | Japanese
Guidance
Contains swearing.
Formats
Colour
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