The Bank

Overview

A young man fascinated with the workings of the world of banking forms an alliance with an unscrupulous corporate predator in this drama. Jim Doyle (David Wenham) developed an interest in finance while he was a young boy growing up in a small Australian town, and as an adult he and his partners have developed BTSE (Bank Training Simulation Experiment), a sophisticated computer program that can anticipate the ups and downs of the world's money markets. Jim's program attracts the interest of Simon O'Riley (Anthony ...
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Overview

A young man fascinated with the workings of the world of banking forms an alliance with an unscrupulous corporate predator in this drama. Jim Doyle (David Wenham) developed an interest in finance while he was a young boy growing up in a small Australian town, and as an adult he and his partners have developed BTSE (Bank Training Simulation Experiment), a sophisticated computer program that can anticipate the ups and downs of the world's money markets. Jim's program attracts the interest of Simon O'Riley (Anthony LaPaglia), the head of a major Aussie financial services corporation, Centabank; O'Riley is looking to cut costs and increase profits, and he's convinced BTSE can help him do just that. However, O'Riley has other, more aggressive ways of boosting his bottom line; Centabank has been shutting down small-town branch offices that have been faithfully serving customers for decades, and has developed a new enthusiasm for foreclosing on loans from smaller customers having trouble making ends meet. Two such customers are Wayne and Diane Davis (Steve Rodgers and Mandy McElhinney), who obtained a loan to start their own business building houseboats; when the local economy went into a nosedive, the Davises found themselves under the thumb of Centabank, and the bank's hounding of the couple led to an unfortunate accident that took the life of their young son. Determined to make Centabank pay for their son's death, Wayne takes on the corporation with the help of Stephen (Mitchell Buell), an activist lawyer. Jim, meanwhile, becomes romantically involved with Michelle (Sibylla Budd), a Centabank employee, and through her gets a clearer idea of just what O'Riley is trying to do.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Movies about high finance always run the risk of boring the audience with more arcane detail than any lay person can absorb in two hours of screen time. The Bank dispenses with trying to educate, favoring atmosphere and psychology over numbers and theories. Artfully animated parabolas under the opening credits suggest that the theories of Jim Doyle (David Wenham) about predicting the money market will be one part Leonardo DaVinci (Doyle likes to draw and doodle on tablecloths) and one part John Nash. As Simon O'Reily, Doyle's employer and sometime nemesis, Anthony LaPaglia gets to recycle a lot of Michael Douglas' Oscar-winning moves and locutions from Wall Street. He's the ultimate corporate shark, puffing on a stogie, bragging about having his foot on the back of Jim's neck as a great motivational tool, and trusting no one. Wenham can't keep up with LaPaglia and doesn't try; anyway, the film seems to be less about rooting for Jim than rooting against Simon. The twin subplots of a couple frustrated by the bank's indifference to their financial and personal losses and a comely fellow employee romancing Jim are good red herrings, though the film's final twist isn't too hard to predict.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2014
  • UPC: 773848601035
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Vei
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 82,563

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Wenham Jim Doyle
Anthony LaPaglia Simon O'Reily
Mitchell Butel Stephen
Kazuhiro Muroyama Toshio
Stephen Leeder Billy
Bruce Myles Ben
Vince Gil Sheriff
Sibylla Budd
Technical Credits
Robert Connolly Director, Screenwriter
Alan John Score Composer
Annie Marshall Costumes/Costume Designer
John Maynard Producer
Nicholas Meyers Editor
Tristan Milani Cinematographer
Jane Norris Casting
Sam Petty Sound/Sound Designer
Luigi Pittorino Production Designer
Domenico Procacci Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Bank
1. Chapter 1 [1:39:30]
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