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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, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Academy Award ® Nominee-Best Documentary Feature) tells the saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung Family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 61
  • Fresh: 57
  • 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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Customer Reviews

Great documentary, but free on PBS

Very interesting documentary...which is available for free viewing on the PBS site / app.

Sad Story about the Crisis. Must watch

Great documentary but very hard to see the failure of the US government.

NYC DA office

Very interesting documentary and well documented. Loved the Sung Family and especially the Father. There is now a very similar case going on in Southern District oF NY by the name 'Reza Zarrab and Hakan Atilla' and Turkish State bank is being targeted just the way Abacus Bank targeted.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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