The Bank

The Bank

Director: Robert Connolly Cast: David Wenham, Anthony LaPaglia, Mitchell Butel
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The Bank

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2014
UPC: 0773848601035
Original Release: 2001
Rating: NR
Source: Vei
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 73,158

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 Actor

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

Scene Index

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

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The Bank 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an atmospheric and somewhat suspensful take on the cutthroat world of finance and banking. The plot lines of the budding mathematical genius and the downtrodden borrowers are both interesting, maybe the former a bit more intriguing than the latter. One can't help but get wrapped up in the fascination with whether the computer program can keep up with the tempestuous reality of the stock market. Or maybe I've just been living too close to Microsoft for too long. More than once I wondered why a certain scene was relevant, and each time I was soon rewarded by a new plot development or twist. I am haunted by this film. Make sure to check out all the background bits, the scenery, the props, the artwork. I was also quite intrigued by all the references to fractal geometry.