Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult, Nia Long, Jessie Usher, Colm Meaney, Scott Daniel Johnson, Taylor Black, Michael Harney, Colm Meaney, Paul Ben-Victor
Drama directed and co-written by George Nolfi. Based on a true story set in the 1950s and follows two African American entrepreneurs, Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson), who tried to circumvent the racial limitations of the era by hiring a working-class white man, Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they posed as a janitor and chauffeur. Garrett and Morris become two of the wealthiest and most successful real estate owners in the country with Steiner as their front man, but their success brings about unforeseen risk of exposure that threatens everything.
Joe Morris: So, what’s your plan, Mr. Garrett?
Bernard Garrett: How would you like to buy a bank?
Joe Morris: What the hell do we know about banking?
Bernard Garrett: Owning a bank is like owning the other side of the real estate business.
Joe Morris: There’s a few complexities you just left out.
Bernard Garrett: Like what?
Joe Morris: Oh, I’m sorry. Did I not wake up black this morning? Because I’m pretty sure I did.
[looks at his hand]
Joe Morris: Yep, still black.
Bernard Garrett: I came here to try my hand at real estate.
Deacon Jackson: [laughs] You married a millionaire, Eunice?
Joe Morris: I like seeing black men succeed. Sometimes, I even invest on my own money to back them. I know you’re smart and ambitious.
Bernard Garrett: But you and I both know that’s not enough.
Eunice Garrett: [to Bernard] It’s time that someone shine a bright light in order for things to change.
Joe Morris: [to Bernard] Are you starting to buy real estate in a white only neighborhood?
Bernard Garrett: Think about all the good we can do for the community.
Joe Morris: Taking it to the man.
Bernard Garrett: That’s exactly what we’re going to do.
Joe Morris: And just how in the hell do you plan on pulling that off?
Joe Morris: We can’t set foot in the bank unless we’re the help.
[Joe enters the bank dressed as a chauffeur, where Bernard is working as a janitor]
Joe Morris: You should have took limo driver when you had the chance.
Bernard Garrett: [to Joe] We get Matt to front for us.
Matt Steiner: You want me to what?
Bernard Garrett: Be us, to the rest of the world.
Matt Steiner: I don’t know anything about banking. I don’t know how to buy a bank.
Bernard Garrett: We’ll teach you everything you need to know.
Joe Morris: [to Matt] You got to learn how to talk to rich white folks, like you one up.
Bernard Garrett: And you can’t fake a golf game.
Joe Morris: [to Matt] Make me proud, son.
Joe Morris: The whole country’s talking about how n**ro men managed to buy two bank full of white folks money and loan it to other n**ros.
Joe Morris: Even a rigged game is fun to play, Bernard.
Eunice Garrett: [to Bernard] If this was easy, somebody else would have done it a long time ago.
Joe Morris: [to Bernard] You’re revolutionary.
[to Bernard and Matt]
Robert Florance, Jr.: You should have known you couldn’t keep this a secret very long.
[to Bernard and Joe]
FBI Agent: FBI. You’re under arrest.
Bernard Garrett: A black man tries to bring other brothers up, that’s intolerance!
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