The Banker

The Banker

The Banker

Avengers: Endgame stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L Jackson lead this based-on-a-true-story tale as two African American entrepreneurs in the 1950s who work around the racially oppressive system to create a real estate and banking empire.

To work around the racially oppressive establishment, they hire a working-class white man (Nicholas Hoult, The Favourite) to act as the wealthy face of their empire while they pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Their risky scheme allows other African Americans access to home loans and a shot at the American dream, but not without drawing attention from the federal government.

2019120 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical

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Reviews & comments

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

A relatively unknown story told in a very familiar way.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

For good stretches, "The Banker" can be as dryly engineered as a loan application, but the galvanising story it tells - like a last stand of rebel ingenuity before the Fair Housing Act of 1968 made discrimination unlawful - is a solid interest-earner.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

For a film about the struggles of a black man in America, "The Banker" spends an awful lot of time on a false white front.

Variety

Variety

press

There's something staid and contained about it. Visually, it's got a picturesque but antiseptic made-for-streaming quality, and as drama it's like a deep-dive magazine article in movie form.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Despite the recognisably daunting challenges in telling this long-arc story in an entirely coherent way, The Banker spins a surprising and engaging yarn pinned to central elements that made it hard to tell.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

A relatively unknown story told in a very familiar way.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

For good stretches, "The Banker" can be as dryly engineered as a loan application, but the galvanising story it tells - like a last stand of rebel ingenuity before the Fair Housing Act of 1968 made discrimination unlawful - is a solid interest-earner.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

For a film about the struggles of a black man in America, "The Banker" spends an awful lot of time on a false white front.

Variety

Variety

press

There's something staid and contained about it. Visually, it's got a picturesque but antiseptic made-for-streaming quality, and as drama it's like a deep-dive magazine article in movie form.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Despite the recognisably daunting challenges in telling this long-arc story in an entirely coherent way, The Banker spins a surprising and engaging yarn pinned to central elements that made it hard to tell.

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