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Frontline: Breaking the Bank
Frontline Breaking the Bank
Actor: Will Lyman
Director: Michael Kirk
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
NR     2009     1hr 0min

The bets were huge and risky, billions of dollars on the housing market. Superbanks reaped billions of dollars, and gobbled up competitors. Then the bottom dropped out, massive losses on Wall Street nearly broke the banks ...  more »


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Actor: Will Lyman
Director: Michael Kirk
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/11/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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"It began to unravel in September 2008, in the same month that President Bush announces the fundamentals of the economy are still strong.

Investment firms and banks are about to collapse like a stack of dominos as Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson attempts to stop the economic hemorrhaging. But his bandages of mergers, TARP agreements, and takeovers unravel as the details of the meetings, mergers, arm-twisting, and deals become public. Congressional hearings, stockholder fury, and disclosures take their toll as one CEO after the other is thrown under the bus of an outraged public. A new administration marks the end of the party, as bankers knew it.

Frontline delivers with interest, as usual. Written and directed by Michael Kirk, the banking crisis is distilled into incremental deposits of factual information that give the viewer a chronological account of events that went on in the boardrooms and the floor of the stockmarket. Jim Gilmore's voice is perhaps the best in the business, and it is always a pleasure to listen to him narrate.

There is a reason that "Frontline" is one of the best and most informative programs on television. After you see this, you'll know why. You will not only be entertained, but perhaps, better informed.

The cost is certainly worth it, and it shouldn't break the bank.
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John Hayes | wyoming | 03/24/2010
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"This is a very informative, well produced program on the financial slide that occurred on Wall Street, which lead to the Federal Bailout. No pundits, no lies or yelling, this program is straight information that tell the facts. Even non-bankers will understand this excellent Frontline program."
The modern economic morass is one piece of history that ever
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 09/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Breaking the Bank is an episode of the award-winning "Frontline" television series, now available on DVD. The true-life story of Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis and former Merrill CEO Jon Thain and the risks they took amid a financial crisis threatening to destroy the American economy, Breaking the Bank presents a dramatic yet unbiased accounting of the facts as the federal government was forced to seriously consider nationalizing the banking industry - or risking nationwide economic collapse. Readers of all backgrounds will appreciate this riveting glimpse into the inner workings of economic titans with glass ankles; Breaking the Bank is especially recommended for public library DVD collections - the modern economic morass is one piece of history that everyone needs to learn about, because no one can afford to repeat it!