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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Steve James

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About the Movie

From acclaimed director Steve James (The Interrupters), Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only bank prosecuted after the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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92%
  • Reviews Counted: 51
  • Fresh: 47
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film persuasively argues that any fraud at Abacus occurred at a low level, and that the bank dealt with it swiftly and properly. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, May 18, 2017

Fresh: It's not every day that you end up rooting for a bank, but the story "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" tells is no ordinary tale. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 8, 2017

Fresh: A minor but touchingly human subplot to the financial crash, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is both an affirmation and an indictment of the American Dream. – Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter, May 15, 2017

Fresh: James spins a fascinating and complex web involving lies, fraud, a months-long trial with a hung jury, and cultural biases against Abacus and the immigrant Chinese community it serves. – Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, Village Voice, May 17, 2017

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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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