Wall Street

Wall Street

4.2 15
Director: Oliver Stone

Cast: Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah


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"Greed is Good." This is the credo of the aptly named Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), the antihero of Oliver Stone's Wall Street. Gekko, a high-rolling corporate raider, is idolized by young-and-hungry broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen). Inveigling himself into Gekko's inner circle, Fox quickly learns to rape, murder and bury his sense of ethics. Only when Gekko'sSee more details below


"Greed is Good." This is the credo of the aptly named Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), the antihero of Oliver Stone's Wall Street. Gekko, a high-rolling corporate raider, is idolized by young-and-hungry broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen). Inveigling himself into Gekko's inner circle, Fox quickly learns to rape, murder and bury his sense of ethics. Only when Gekko's wheeling and dealing causes a near-tragedy on a personal level does Fox "reform"-though his means of destroying Gekko are every bit as underhanded as his previous activities on the trading floor. Director Stone, who cowrote Wall Street with Stanley Weiser, has claimed that the film was prompted by the callous treatment afforded his stockbroker father after 50 years in the business; this may be why the film's most compelling scenes are those between Bud Fox and his airline mechanic father (played by Charlie Sheen's real-life dad Martin). Ironically, Wall Street was released just before the October, 1987 stock market crash.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
"Greed is good," declares Gordon Gekko, the acquisitive, unscrupulous arbitrageur of Oliver Stone's hyperbolic, Reagan-era morality play. As portrayed by Michael Douglas -- who won a well-deserved Oscar for his marvelously unsubtle histrionics -- Gekko is an unabashedly manipulative player whose wealth and stature prove irresistibly alluring to eager young broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen). He willingly surrenders his conscience and values -- and, by implication, his soul -- to become the tycoon's protégé. Stone's other characters don't elicit much sympathy, either: trophy girlfriends Daryl Hannah and Sean Young, would-be players James Spader and John C. McGinley, outwitted businessman Terence Stamp -- none of them seem like particularly nice people. The film's one shining beacon of morality is Martin Sheen, almost beatific as Bud's straight-arrow, working-class father. Stone takes a dim view of the Street and its blithely amoral denizens, and reveals once again the anti-establishment mindset that characterizes many of his films. However one feels about the ideology that informs it, Wall Street can still be enjoyed as an overripe and vastly entertaining melodrama, the perfect showcase for Douglas's bravura performance.
All Movie Guide
More a criticism of the Reagan years than an homage (consistent with Oliver Stone's politics), Wall Street will nonetheless be remembered as synonymous with the 1980s and their skewed priorities. The film introduced a mass audience to the underhanded dealings and pressure cooker environment of the financial world, netting Michael Douglas an Oscar for his portrayal of the larger-than-life Gordon Gekko, a character who entered the zeitgeist as a symbol of sheer amoral greed, even to those who hadn't seen the film. It's also one of Stone's least fussy films, and by focusing on the plot more than his usual cinematic gimmickry, Stone makes it easy for the layman to navigate stock market lingo and follow the esoteric dramas that unfold in the daily lives of brokers. With almost every character tainted by the lust for wealth, Martin Sheen emerges as the only antidote to the contagious disease of corruption, in the role of a blue-collar machinist and father to the story's central character, Charlie Sheen's Bud Fox. It may be a rather obvious animal metaphor, but if Fox is, indeed, sly, he's at least a prouder, more redeemable creature than Gekko, a slithering lizard who will do anything to prosper. Daryl Hannah, who has made a career of playing oddball misfits, is miscast as a snobbish gold digger, but the rest of the cast effectively personalizes a world full of false loyalty, nervous trust, and merciless usury. A satisfying morality play, Wall Street is one of Stone's most popular films.

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20th Century Fox
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Gordon Gekko
Charlie Sheen Bud Fox
Daryl Hannah Darien Taylor
Martin Sheen Carl Fox
Terence Stamp Sir Larry Wildman
Sean Young Kate Gekko
Sylvia Miles Realtor
James Spader Roger Barnes
Hal Holbrook Lou Mannheim
John C. McGinley Marvin
Saul Rubinek Harold Salt
Franklin Cover Dan
James Karen Lynch
Richard Dysart Cromwell
Josh Mostel Ollie
Millie Perkins Mrs. Fox
Annie McEnroe Muffie Livingston
Monique Van Vooren Woman at "21"
Risa Bramon Garcia Actor
Billy Hopkins Actor
Chuck Preiffer Chuckie
Leslie Lyles Natalie
Faith Geer Natalie's Assistant
Frank Adonis Charlie
Dani Klein Receptionist
Ann Talman Susan
Martin Sherman Banker at "21"
Andrea Thompson Hooker
Lauren Tom Lady Broker
Liliane Montevecchi Woman at "Le Cirdue"
Ronald Von Klaussen Airline Mechanic
Michael O'Donoghue Reporter
Pirie MacDonald TV Business Analyst
Thomas Anderson Butler
Cecilia Peck Candice Rogers
Paul Guilfoyle Stone Livingston
Ronald Yamamoto Houseboy
Yanni Sfinias Panos
Grant Shaud Young Broker
Carol Schneider Paralegal
Sean Stone Rudy Gekko
Adelle Lutz Janet
John Galateo SEC Man
Jean de Baer Tom Carpenter
Jeff Beck Investment Banker
Pat Skipper Postal Inspector
Ken Lipper Trader - Office
Donnie Kehr Trader - Office
Patrick Weathers Trader - Office
Oliver Stone Trader - Office
Jeff Rector Trader - Office
Alexandra Neil Elevator Person
Sam Ingraffia Elevator Person
Byron Utley Elevator Person
James Bulleit Elevator Person
Michael C. Mahon Trader - Office
John Capodice Dominick
William Hubbard Knight Duncan Wilmore

Technical Credits
Oliver Stone Director,Screenwriter
Les Bloom Set Decoration/Design
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
Risa Bramon Casting
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
Michael Flynn Associate Producer
Stephen Hendrickson Production Designer
A. Kitman Ho Co-producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
John J. Moore Art Director,Production Designer
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Claire Simpson Editor
Hilda Stark Art Director,Production Designer
Judith Stevens Production Designer
Stanley G. Weiser Screenwriter

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