The Banker

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Based on a true story, "The Banker" centers on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris, who devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racially oppressive establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garrett's wife Eunice, they train a working class white man, Matt Steiner, to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire - while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Their success ultimately draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens everything the four have built.


  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Nia Long
  • Colm Meaney
  • Jessie T. Usher
  • Paul Ben-Victor
  • Michael Harney
  • Taylor Black
  • Chris Gann

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  • This is an Apple original film.
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    • Joe Morris: That's what I like about you. You are a good person. Ain't been corrupted by the world yet. Like a child. But, that's gonna change when you get rich.
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Not what I expected. An understated truth told in simple and actual events. Loved it.

Tamara D


Mar 6, 2020

The Banker is like a shell of a movie, with a desperate lack of personality. The ingredients are there, down to the inevitable moment in the end credits when photos of the real people are placed alongside the actors playing them. Yet just as Apple TV+’s original series are lacking the element of dramatic excitement, so too is The Banker.

Josh Spiegel
Mar 4, 2020

Despite the recognizably 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. Its lively, positive spirit helps it over any number of speed bumps, the social backdrops play to its advantage and the top-line cast members pull their weight and then some.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
Mar 4, 2020

Mackie does a decent job of articulating his anger, and the filmmakers clearly care about the issues, but The Banker doesn’t take the narrative risks necessary to tell its story powerfully. Competence is all we get instead, and competence isn’t quite enough.

Metacritic review by William Bibbiani
William Bibbiani