Dan Hedaya, as Rep. Barney Frank, captured the Massachusetts Democrat's scowl, but didn't have enough scenes to make an impact.
Paulson clearly loved a plan from Neel Kashkari, played by Ayad Akhtar, to buy up troubled assets, but realized too late it would take too long to stabilize the market.
Christopher Cox, played by Peter Hermann, could not have been pleased with the story's portrayal of him as a deer caught in headlights.
In the film, Geithner warns Vikram Pandit, played by Ajay Mehta, after waiting hours for a return call, "The next time I call you, pick up!"
One of the movie's best lines comes after Geithner describes a conversation with Jamie Dimon, played by Bill Pullman: "I told him we need his help. And I asked him very politely not to [expletive] with us today."
Paul Giamatti's best scene as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke comes near the end of the film, where he warns lawmakers that if they don't act, "there will be no economy on Monday."
Billy Crudup, playing Tim Geithner, successfully captured some of the former Fed official's nervous tics, including his near-constant fidgeting.
Henry Paulson, played by William Hurt, was the hero of the film, looking tough, determined and diligent.