(from HBO's press release, April 2011) Based on the bestselling book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, the film offers an intimate look at the epochal financial crisis of 2008 and the powerful men and women who decided the fate of the world's economy in a matter of a few weeks. Centering on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the film goes behind closed doors to examine the symbiotic relationship between Wall Street and Washington. William Hurt stars as Paulson; the film also stars (in alphabetical order) Edward Asner, Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti, Topher Grace, Matthew Modine, Cynthia Nixon, Michael O'Keefe, Bill Pullman, Tony Shalhoub, and James Woods. It co-stars Ayad Akhtar, Kathy Baker, Amy Carlson, Evan Handler, John Heard, Dan Hedaya, Peter Hermann, Chance Kelly, Tom Mason, Ajay Mehta, Laila Robins, Victor Slezak and Joey Slotnick. HBO Films presents a Curtis Hanson Film, in association with Spring Creek Productions; Curtis Hanson directs from a script by Peter Gould; based on the book by Andrew Ross Sorkin; Curtis Hanson, Paula Weinstein and Jeffrey Levine executive produce; Carol Fenelon co-executive produces; Ezra Swerdlow produces.