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Wall Street

Wall Street

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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's


"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.
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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
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[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director/co-writer Oliver Stone; Introduction by Oliver Stone; Deleted scenes; Greed Is Good documentary; Money Never Sleeps: The Making of Wall Street documentary

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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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Wall Street 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
olympiakos More than 1 year ago
Wall Street is a movie about the corruption of the financial and stock broking in a cosmopolitan place such as New York, in Wall Street. The story is about a young man that shows the ethical side of him, how can be destroyed when he becomes greedy and tries to make money and power by destroying other people's lives economically. The main character of the film story is a young man who is a stockbroker but he admires another person whose name is Gekko as he thinks that this person is something like god and he is gifted to make miracles with other people's money. Bud who is a young person always wanted to work for his idol Gekko as he was imaging that one day he would be accompanied by fame and power as him. The same name, Gekko, can be exchanged in the stock market as money because he is the only one who can invest a penny to become a million. He owns many companies, buildings and factories but he feels enthusiastic to move and be heard in the world of money. As the story unfolds Bud ends up working for him with full enthusiasm, fulfilment and excitement. As a young boy that comes from a village and gets situated with full of comforts in the big capital and a little more money offered as bonus as he has never seen. Gekko discovers him and tries to show the two sides of life. How life would be with a lot of wealth and power or without it. The case with Bud is that we want from the first moment to be as smart as Gekko and he isn't lured by the money but he sees a new horizon and life opening in frond of him. The whole plot is based that Gekko buys small companies and tries to exploit with his own way the owners for a handful of dollars, which makes him feel superior and always on power. He uses Bud in a mean way and not appropriate to our financial world in order to use any means to know what the moves of the other company holders are and confront them in a difficult economical crisis situation, buy them and get richer. His mediator and pawn in this game of chess as a reflexion of his power will to get more money is his employee Bud. The moral of the story is based on how far people can go in order to break not only ethical rules but tacit laws in the human beings, humiliate them, destroy their skills, abilities and ego in return of a few dollars that might end in their pocket. Even today numerous people have managed to use the con-artist method with their behaviour, feelings, thoughts, ideas that they express to their fellow citizens in order to successfully secure just a little bit of a profit from others. Finally, the sad part of any story is the end, which stays as bitter as ever. When the whole think is discovered and people can face the reality of what has really happened and the motives they change psychologically completely. It is only when Bud realises the real truth and the game that was played in frond of him and how cleverly was set up to be exploited that he feels that both his image is corrupted and the money that he earned so much time. Sometimes, we are condemned to live with the people that make us feel bad, until we realise that none of us can hide himself under the sun.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The opening moments of the film, from the early morning sun coming up over the Big Apple, to the rush hour traffic moving over the bridge into Manhattan, and topped off with Frank Sinatra singing 'Fly Me to the Moon' in the background, lets viewers know that they are in for a whopper of an enjoyable flick. A sheer 'Wow' of a superb cast, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Hal Holbrook (who utters Mark Twain-type lines like, 'Man looks down into the abyss, and at that moment, man finds character.') delivers the classy screen play with oodles of Pizzazz! Loved it! Don't miss this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a classic movie about not taking the easy way out and working hard to make it in life. Bud Fox (played by Charlie Sheen) finds that out the hard way when he teams up with Gordon Gecko (played by Michael Douglas. A classic quote from the speech that Gecko made to the shareholders....''Greed is good''... Another classic quote by Gecko ''Money never sleeps...'' This movie is a must have in your DVD collection. Take care - Chad Castorina
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie, ''Wall Street,'' sermonizes in the most pedantic fashion against the motto ''Greed is Good'' that presumably fed most of the corporate takeovers, junk bond deals, and corporate dismantling of the 1980's. It does this by following the rise and fall of one Wall Street stockbroker, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), who rejects the middle-class work ethic of his father (played by real-life father, Martin Sheen) and opts for the ''get-rich-quick'' schemes of his Wall Street idol, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas). In the course of events, Bud finds that he must choose between Gekko and his father, between high finance and the good old middle-class work ethic, inasmuch as Gekko's plans include the dismantling of his father's business (and pension plan!). Don't look for a balanced assessment of high finance vs. basic job protection here. Notwithstanding this failure, however, the movie does serve to remind us of the human costs always associated with high-stakes corporate finance on Wall Street. What makes the movie particularly worth watching are the fine performances delivered by Michael Douglas and father & son Sheen.
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