The Bank (2001 film)

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The Bank
The Bank film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Connolly
Produced by John Maynard
Written by Robert Connolly
Starring David Wenham
Anthony LaPaglia
Sibylla Budd
Steve Rodgers
Mitchell Butel
Mandy McElhinney
Greg Stone
Kazuhiro Muroyama
Music by Alan John
Cinematography Tristan Milani
Edited by Nick Meyers
Distributed by Madman Entertainment[1]
Release date
  • 6 September 2001 (2001-09-06)
Running time
106 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

The Bank is a 2001 Australian thriller/drama film directed by Robert Connolly and starring David Wenham and Anthony LaPaglia.


Jim Doyle (David Wenham) is a maverick mathematician who has devised a formula to predict the fluctuations of the stock market. When he joins O'Reilly's fold, he must first prove his loyalty to the "greed is good" ethos.



The Bank grossed $2,515,917 at the box office in Australia.[2]

Reviews of the film were mixed. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes scored The Bank at 65% from 36 professional reviews (average rating 5.8/10), but 45% from 11 "top critic" reviews (average rating 5.5/10). Australian film review site Urban Cinefile's three reviewers summarized the film as "favourable".[3] The New York Times concluded "As far-fetched as the movie is ... conveys an engaging zest for upper-crust mischief. The two stories come together in the hurtling final lap as Wayne confronts Simon in his country house while Jim puts his perfected program into operation. The upshot is a whopper of an ending that is as silly as it is satisfying."[4] The New York Post gave the film 1.5/4 stars, stating "Despite a crafty premise and a clever kink in the tale that almost saves it, Connolly isn't dexterous enough to achieve the Hitchockian level of suspense the movie needs." [5] The Los Angeles Times stated "Connolly might well have constructed a brisker, more exciting picture with more vivid and involving characters. As it is, the film takes too long to become truly compelling."[6]


  1. ^ "Bank, the". Retrieved 2013-11-28.
  2. ^ "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office" (PDF). Film Victoria. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-02-18. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Andrew L. Urban; Louise Keller; Richard Kuipers. "Bank, The". Australia: Urban Cinefile. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
  4. ^ Holden, Stephen (25 October 2002). "Film in Review; The Bank'". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
  5. ^ Turne, Megan (25 October 2002). "The Bank". New York Post. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  6. ^ Thomas, Kevin (3 January 2003). "Movie Review : The Bank has the chops, not the sizzle : The Australian film has a provocative premise, but it's short on color and is none too brisk". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2003-02-09. Retrieved 28 November 2013.

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