Too Big to Fail

Synopsis: A close look behind the scenes, between late March and mid-October, 2008: we follow Richard Fuld's benighted attempt to save Lehman Brothers; conversations among Hank Paulson (the Secretary of the Treasury), Ben Bernanke (chair of the Federal Reserve), and Tim Geithner (president of the New York Fed) as they seek a private solution for Lehman's; and, back-channel negotiations among Paulson, Warren Buffet, investment bankers, a British regulator, and members of Congress as almost all work to save the U.S. economy. By the end, with the no-strings bailout arranged, modest confidence restored on Wall Street, and a meltdown averted, Paulson wonders if banks will lend.
Director(s): Curtis Hanson
Production: HBO
  Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 28 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

We have no intention of dismantling

the regulatory agencies.

However, we must come to grips

with inefficient and burdensome regulations.

We will eliminate those that are

unproductive and unnecessary.

Tearing down these antiquated walls and

granting banks significant new authority.

In a victory for the banking industry,

Congress has approved legislation

which will allow commercial

and investment banks

to merge and form institutions

of unprecedented size and global reach.

I think it's very important for us not to

introduce regulation for regulation's sake.

I do believe in the American dream.

Owning a home is a part of that dream.

We are taking action to bring many thousands

of Americans closer to owning a home.

This project not only is good

for the soul of the country,

it's good for the pocketbook

of the country as well.

The housing market has reached

frantic proportions.

It seems that everybody is building,

buying or selling.

The Dow and the S&P both breaking records.

Profits soared 93%

at Goldman Sachs this year.

Hotshot traders and bankers

can expect to take home 10, 25,

and in some cases, $50 million.

Things that are too good to be true, are.

When you see something coming...

The real estate bubble...

- Housing bubble...

- Bubble...

... don't put it off.

Take action immediately.

Will there be a soft landing,

or will the bubble burst?

A new story, the mortgage meltdown.

This morning in the mortgage meltdown,

new numbers showing

that a record number of Americans

are losing their homes.

More than 70 mortgage companies have failed

in the last few months in America,

and now the biggest of the big companies,

the Bear Stearns, the big banks,

are caught holding the bag.

The fifth largest investment bank

in the country, Bear Stearns,

is being sold

for just $2 a share to JPMorgan.

It's being assisted by the government,

which is stepping in to guarantee

some $30 billion

in Bear's toxic real estate assets.

You've got to imagine that Hank Paulson

didn't think he signed up for this

when President Bush picked him

to become Treasury secretary.

Hank Paulson may now have to undo

some of the deregulation measures

that he and his peers on Wall Street

pushed through when he ran Goldman.

Treasury secretary Hank Paulson

telling Matt Lauer this morning,

"We're all over it.

I've got great confidence in our markets.

"They're resilient. They're flexible."

Ali, the truth is that Bear Stearns is only

a very small fraction of this story.

Our economy could face far worse

than a recession.

In the wake of Bear's collapse,

Lehman Brothers is scrambling

to reassure investors about the impact

of the mortgage crisis on its own assets.

Insurers of the firm under a great deal

of pressure this morning.

Dick Fuld, a 39-year veteran of Lehman

and the longest-running CEO

of a major investment bank on Wall Street,

has pulled the firm back

from the brink during other crises,

but today, for the first time that I'm hearing it,

investors are questioning his leadership.

- Motherfucker.

- One key question

investors have for Lehman Brothers,

"What's the true earnings power

of this investment bank's business?"

- Hey.

- Get up here.

We gotta start stacking sand bags.

What are you talking about?

We're down 21%. On paper, I just

lost $90 million, personally.

With investors pummeling Lehman shares,

the big question this morning is,

"What options does Fuld have?"

So far, he has failed to raise new capital

while virtually all of his rivals

have already done so.

And now, hedge fund manager David Einhorn

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