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Plot: A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing. Runtime: 126 mins Release Date: 11 Dec 1987
there are 2 roads, but only one bears Stone's intent (by scrummy01)
You can watch Wall Street and take it for face value. If you want to do that, all you have to do is watch Michael Douglas, probably the most underrated actor of the last 30 years, give his greed speech. You will be amazed at this man's talent for delivering a performance. You can watch Daryl Hannah give a flawless interpretation of the high priced trophy girlfriend/wife. And you can just feel the disappointment that your father showed you the first time you let him down when you watch Martin and Charlie Sheen deliver the hospital scene. The story is a classic. It is purely timeless. The <more>
setting is as grand as the money that they are playing with. The supporting cast is excellent realtor, boss, traders, etc. This film is everything a casual movie fan needs to sit for 2 hours and be entertained. However, if you want to look deeper into the film you will appreciate the true intent of Mr. Stone's effort. Don't get too caught up in the façade of tall buildings, trading stock and corporate tycoons. Wall Street is not necessarily all that it seems. Rather, it is consistent with Mr. Stone's clever work in the past. It seems that to a creative genius like Stone, it is not enough to make the typical story of the kid hits it big and suddenly crashes back to earth see secret of my success, cocktail, top gun, etc. The intent of the picture may be completely different from the actual medium chosen. Stone drops clues throughout the film. It's the dawn of a new age, 1987. The journey from the old economy i.e. the airline industry and paper industry to the age of information. The sun is rising in the east as shown in the beach scene. A quote from Stone's character Gekko `damn I wish you could see this' is the perfect hint of what Mr. Stone is trying to say. Oliver Stone sees the future, it is a future economy based on information being the most powerful resource in the world. The eastern philosophy, the greed, the self-destruction of smoking and working out. All these things brought Gekko down. Gekko was brought down by what? A man with a micro tape recorder. A man armed with the medium of the new economy, electronic media. He was nailed by a person whom he trained to `get information' Well, he got the information and Gekko was brought down by the fact that he was short sighted to it. Great movie and excellent foresight by Mr. Stone as always. I suggest you watch it again. But, this time I suggest that you look for the real intent of the film. In my opinion, this is quite simply one of the best films of all time. Not only because of its timeliness, amazing foresight see stock market crash in October 87, and the rise of silicon valley and Microsoft in late 80's and one of the best performances by an actor period in Michael Douglas' portrayal of Gordon Gekko.
Wealth at the price of humanity, or humanity at the price of wealth? (by Kill-Gore)
Wall Street is about those for whom material wealth takes precedence over morality, and those for whom it does not. Moreover, it is the story of one who is struggling to decide which of the two he is: greedy or ethical. Bud Fox is a young stock broker who only wishes to excel in life. His father, Carl, provides a strong moral foundation, prioritizing human life and well being over profit. Bud's mentor, Gordon Gekko, is a ruthless and legendary Wall Street player whose values couldn't conflict with those of Bud's father more perfectly. So caught in the middle is Bud, who pitches <more>
his father's airline to Gekko with the intentions of saving the company while everyone gets rich in the process. This business deal sets the stage for the conflict of interests Bud faces, and whether in the end it is his moral father or his greedy mentor he would most like to become.Wall Street is impeccably directed and perfectly cast. Oliver Stone really captures all the elements necessary to the telling of this story, with all its moral, economic, and legal implications. Michael Douglas is almost frightening as the ghastly Gordon Gekko, a role for which he took home the Oscar for best actor. And the casting of Martin and Charlie Sheen as father and son lends authenticity to their numerous emotional exchanges. We see what seem to be genuine hurt, pride, and shame from the two of them together. John C. McGinley makes his customary appearance in yet another of Stone's movies as Bud's coworker, and as always he shines, contributing his unique personality to the film. The combined efforts of talented individuals in a powerful story of human strength and weakness makes Wall Street a must see movie.I rate it 10/10.
best movie ever about greed, finance. MBA guys, go and watch it (by arnofrenchactor)
Don t go get a MBA. Don t go to mba podcaster.com watch this. Learn I watched this like 10 times. Michael you are the king of the world. It is so much about how a young ambitious think and is ready to go thru. I think that is when Oliver Stone was at his best. I loved all his movies until troy, all of them. Hes is the best director I have seen in American prior 2000. I hope this new generation is going to watch this when the 80s were at their best. It also good to understand an entire era. Today we talk about bobos...when will oliver stone will done a bobo style wall street. Every filmmaker <more>
that wants to do a movie about business has to see this first.
Wall Street 1987 is one of the films that defines the 80's American Lifestyle. A dog eat dog society fueled by greed, materialistic possessions, excess and drugs. People preying on others, a world of unscrupulous inside trading and the rise of yuppies. Oliver Stone is one of those film makers who knew the 80's inside out. People say John Hughes defined the 80's but Mr. Stone showed it's true side and it was ugly. The film follows a low level day trader Charlie Sheen who strives to become a very powerful figure on Wall Street like his idol Gordon Geckko Michael Douglas . <more>
To justify his rise to power, he uses his father Martin Sheen knowledge of the flight industry for his own personnel gains. He wants to get his foot into the door of the oily Geckko. Will he sell his soul for a quick buck? How far and fast will this rising star soar? To find these answers check out Wall Street.This film was made immediately after Platoon. Stone made it clear that he wasn't going to let an Oscar winning malaise effect him. He explores the two fathers theme that he used in Platton and once again makes it work. A highly underrated film that has sadly been neglected by the mainstream audience. What makes it even sadder is the fact that it still applies today.Highly recommended.
Wall Street could have fit in very nicely in the theatres today. The bull market of the late 80's can be compared to the insane dot.com market of the late 90's, the same mistakes made on Wall Street repeated themselves again. Hal Holbrook's character is the voice of reason in Wall Street, telling Bud Fox Charlie Sheen to stick to the basics, and not get carried away with going for the easy buck. Fox is entranced by dynamo Gordon Gekko Michael Douglas , whose specialty is taking over and "wrecking" companies, "because they're wreckable". Gekko takes Fox <more>
in as his protege, teaching him the ropes and showing him the realities of greed. Fox becomes corrupted, and despite the sobering influence of his union man dad Martin Sheen gets ensnared in Gekko's web. Great performances all around, Douglas was deserving of the Oscar, Charlie Sheen was very good in his role as well. There are terrific supporting roles in this movie; Martin Sheen, Holbrook, Terence Stamp and Oliver Stone's favourite character actor, John C. McGinley. For all of Stone's later failed movies, Wall Street hits the nail on the head, and above all entertains the audience. It's hard to see how the same man directed trash like Natural Born Killers afterwards.
This may be Michael Douglas' best movie ever. He played the greedy stock manipulator to the hilt. Charlie Sheen also did a fine job as the up and coming stock broker with a conscience. Lots of intense dialogue in this one, so if action movies are your thing I suggest you avoid this film.
Casualties Of Capitalism (by slokes)
With his diabolical charm, slicked-back hair, city-college chip on his shoulder, and era-defining "greed-is-good" mantra, Gordon Gekko may by one of the all-time great film roles. Michael Douglas's performance as Gekko won a deserved Oscar in 1988 and makes "Wall Street" required viewing.There are two schools of thought when it comes to money. Some economists argue money is an expanding resource, and prosperity a rising tide that lifts all boats. For Gekko, the truth is simpler and more brutal: The rich get richer off the backs of everyone else. "Money itself <more>
isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred," he tells his young protégé Bud Fox Charlie Sheen .No question writer-director Oliver Stone feels the same way, as he presents this tale of wealth acquisition at its very apex, lower Manhattan circa 1985. In practically every frame showcasing the opulent world Gekko travels can be glimpsed beggars, fishermen, window washers, people who never will have access to the white-collar lifestyles their lowly status perversely enables for others.For some, this zero-sum take of America clouds their enjoyment of "Wall Street" the movie. It shouldn't. You don't have to buy Shakespeare's version of history in "Richard III" to enjoy the morally bankrupt character at its center, and you don't need to adopt Stone's philosophy to enjoy Gekko.In fact Stone's attitude about the Street, presented here as a kind of Hogarth caricature, helps make the film so entertaining. He captures the scenes of floor trading and calls and puts in journalistic detail, but leaves room for the human equation. And he has fun, a lot of fun, especially with Gekko, a character who makes you laugh with his pithy comments even as he sets about using poor Fox as a human ashtray.On an upcoming charity event for the Bronx Zoo: "That's the thing about WASPs. They hate people, but they love animals." On a rival: "If he was in the funeral business, no one would ever die!" To Fox: "You had what it took to get into my office, sport, the question is do you have what it takes to stay."Fox wants to stay, and allows no SEC regulation to block his wayward path. Stone's father was a stockbroker, and so the director takes special care to show us that all Wall Streeters aren't bad. There's Hal Holbrook, almost too saintly and somewhat detached from day-to-day business of his brokerage house to the point he seems a slumming B-school don. John C. McGinley delivers a standout performance as a vulgar, greedy friend of Fox's who we nevertheless find ourselves sympathetic to, especially as Fox ditches him for Gekko.But of course it's really Gekko's world, as we watch him at his desk, punching telephone-line buttons and encouraging subordinates to "rip their throats out," checking his blood pressure with one hand while smoking a cigarette in the other. His centerpiece moment, his speech to the stockholders at Teldar Paper, is a compelling soliloquy not because it showcases his brutality but because it allows him a chance to explain his philosophy in a way that sounds logical, even honorable, until you think through the implications. That's Stone's screen writing at its best.Sheen is also masterful in his role, playing the naive waif who wants to swim with the sharks and thus giving Douglas daylight to run. Too bad there's a tacked-on romance that never really works, in part because the character of Darien Taylor is not well developed, in part because Darryl Hannah hadn't yet met Quentin Tarantino. The ending is a bit too neat, and loses the subtlety that makes the rest of the film so good.But the heck with subtlety when you have Gordon Gekko. Douglas is the reason for watching "Wall Street," and a terrific one. Just watch the way he looks at Bud, eyebrows raised to hold a pregnant silence, or enjoys the discomfort of his arbitrager-rival Sir Larry a solid Terence Stamp . Stone knew what he had here, and makes the most of it. As a twisted morality tale, "Wall Street" is a thrilling, scenic ride down a dark and dangerous road.
Wall street is one of those movies you can watch over and over again.While it might not be as appealing to those who are less interested in the fields of economics and business, it's still worth a watch.The acting is mostly outstanding, Michael Douglas makes a legendary appearance in his role as Gordon Gekko. There's one issue I have on the casting side of this movie, Charlie Sheen. To me, he dragged down the movie a bit, he just wasn't right for the part, now it might be due to his role as Charlie Harper in Two and a half men but a lot of my friends who hasn't been watching <more>
Two and a half men agree with me.The story is good, however it's not the most original plot at it's core, but they way it's played is what makes it special. It's a story of manipulation and betrayal, and stocks...There will most likely be a bunch of words in this movie which the average viewer won't understand, this might hurt the immersion of the movie but probably won't detract you too much from the story.One thing that makes this movie so rememberable is the characters, the acting and ofcource some of it's dialogue, it's really hard to get tired of watching Gordon Gekko delivering his at time inhumane lines.Too sum it all up;Pros:-The Acting is aside for my dislike of Sheen top-notch-The story, while not original is played out in a rather different fashion.The Dialogue which is also top notch.The characters in the movie are all rememberableCons:-A lot of "Wall-street" words, which some might not understand, which can make the movie less immersive.Charlie Sheen
Brilliant look at business and greed in the capital of 1980s Capitalism with performances and manipulation of space and genre also standing out. (by johnnyboyz)
Make no mistake, Wall Street is a film written by men; made by men; about men and for men. It's a study of conflicting egos and the dog-eat-dog mentality. Wall Street also seems to double up as a 1980s version of 'dawn of man' cavemen attempting to get 'one up' on their rivals and closest friends. You can just see primate males billions of years ago scuffling over meat from the latest kill or challenging one another over territory. Wall Street is this sort of ego dominated, cut-throat, quick buck here and there look of one-upmanship only with skyscrapers instead of caves <more>
and stocks and shares instead of the latest kill.Wall Street unfolds in a concrete jungle of sorts. Towering skyscrapers, desks lined with state of the art for the time computers, screens and masses of information shooting across digital news tickers. Do we know what these numbers and fractions mean? Are we ever told what they all mean? Do we need to know? I don't think we are but I do think we are supposed to trust the lively and young Bud Fox Sheen as he translates their meanings and digits in double quick fashion. Then there are the scenes that occur within Bud's apartment as it towers over the rest of the city. It is a postmodern space that would have its wallpaper in a 'mock' style of a dull brick wall. It is a space in which Fox and his partner will just stop and look at their meals before eating them because they are able and it is a space in which we will witness Bud purchasing; not because he is but because he can and I think that is the idea behind the film.But like I say, the film is male dominated. Women exist in the film's world to either look pretty, act as secretaries or be there to make love to epitomised by the character of Darien Taylor, played by Daryl Hannah who incidentally picked up a Razzie award. But then again it's not her fault as any actress playing this role would probably have won. This is because the film adopts such a male based approach that it comes close to resembling a gangster film of sorts. The film is about one man's rise through a selected hierarchy. The protagonist wears suits; mingles with those more powerful than he is; wines and dines expensively; will soon not have to worry about money and of course the women in the genre are a distraction, they are best seen and not heard which is exactly the case here.So I would be very selective as to who I would recommend this to. I, as a white male living in the 'Western' world, had no problem with the film and thoroughly enjoyed every twisty, turning, developing curve that the film presented to me. Others on the other hand might not be so impressed. I think it is because I like the gangster genre that I liked Wall Street so much. The development of Bud is also enjoyable as is the way Sheen's father Martin plays Bud's father Carl in much the same way that suggests 'anchor role'. Carl is the voice of reason and if Gordon Gekko Douglas thinks greed is good then Carl despises the very idea. Perhaps there is no coincidence Carl and Gordon's surnames are both animals: A gekko is a lizard which suggests creepy, crawling and a slithery presence whereas a fox at least in English folklore suggests cunning, pride and smarter than your average. These characteristics are epitomised by both men who share the respective qualities with Bud being a Fox being dragged more toward the 'Gekko' mentality.So Bud is a man with a mission; he wants to elevate himself from the desk job and does so threatening to loose best friends and family members in the process: his father, his partner and his buddy who works behind him. Bud is a man whose quest is just the other end of the phone as he talks to rich 'made it' guys about the possibility of buying into some unknown stocks. He wants to be on the other end of that phone call. The greed and obsession to do well and become someone briefly turns Bud into a stalker as he follows Terrance Stamp's Sir Larry Wildman, himself a man of great power and wealth no surprise that he is an English character being played by an Englishman as this role usually demands some sort of 'leveller' with the narrative's antagonist if not then the Englishman is the antagonist himself . For some reason Hollywood see it fit to do this and it is best demonstrated in films like The Silence of the Lambs and Die Hard Hopkins and Rickman, respectively .So Wall Street develops and develops into a cat and mouse tale revolving around an airline. What can we tell from this? Well, airlines run aeroplanes obviously and the aeroplane is, I think, a metaphor for being 'above' everyone else. This company has become the centre for the film's finale and it deals in transportation that 'elevates' its customers above a certain ground level much like Gekko's skyscraper and Bud's apartment . It is also something both Bud and Gordon are in direct competition for. Like 'The Long Good Friday', this is close to England vs. USA at business/expansion round two. Round one was in London and instigated by Harold Shand, round two is in New York and involves Gekko, Fox and Wildman but while the antagonism is never there between the two sides like it was seven years earlier, so much more is and whatever is there is close to genius.