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Bud Fox (Character)
from Wall Street (1987)

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Wall Street (1987)
Bud Fox: I'm tapped out Marv. American Express' got a hit man lookin' for me.

Bud Fox: How much is enough?
Gordon Gekko: It's not a question of enough, pal. It's a zero sum game, somebody wins, somebody loses. Money itself isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred from one perception to another.

Bud Fox: Sun-tzu: If your enemy is superior, evade him. If angry, irritate him. If equally matched, fight, and if not split and reevaluate.

Darien Taylor: When you've had money and lost it, it can be much worse than never having had it at all!
Bud Fox: That is BULLSHIT!
[throws a whiskey bottle destructively; Darien starts to leave]
Bud Fox: HEY! HEY! You step out that door, and I am *changing the locks*!

Bud Fox: Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.

[Blue Star has gone from 24 to 16 1/2 in a very short time]
Gordon Gekko: Fox, where the hell are you? I am losing MILLIONS! You got me into this airline and you sure as hell better get me out or the only job you'll ever have on the Street is SWEEPING IT! You hear me, Fox?
Bud Fox: You once told me, don't get emotional about stock. Don't! The bid is 16 1/2 and going down. As your broker, I advise you to take it.
Gordon Gekko: Yeah. Well you TAKE IT!
[shouts]
Gordon Gekko: *Right in the ass you fucking scumbag cocksucker!*
Bud Fox: It's two minutes to closing, Gordon. What do you want to do? Decide.
Gordon Gekko: [calms down] Dump it.

Marv: [Bud has been ignoring him] What the hell is the matter with you? Things are so bad out there even the lifers are complaining, but not you. No. You're pulling in big money. So what's the score huh...
Bud Fox: Hey LOOK! I am SICK and TIRED of playing wet nurse to you all the time! Will you do your own homework, Marv?
Marv: [leaves] What an asshole!

Bud Fox: Why do you need to wreck this company?
Gordon Gekko: Because it's WRECKABLE, all right? I took another look at it and I changed my mind!

Bud Fox: This is really a nice club, Mr. Gekko.
Gordon Gekko: Yeah, not bad for a City College boy. I bought my way in, now all these Ivy league schmucks are sucking my kneecaps.

Gordon Gekko: [meeting alone together in Central Park] Hiya, Buddy.
Bud Fox: [nods as the both walk up to face one another] Gordon.
Gordon Gekko: [with a smirk on his face] Sand bagged me on Bluestar huh? I guess you think you taught the teacher a lesson that the tail can wag the dog huh? Well let me clue you in, pal. The ice is melting right underneath your feet.
[punches Bud and grabs him by the coattails]
Gordon Gekko: Did you think you could've gotten this far this fast with anyone else, huh? That you'd be out there dicking someone like Darien? No. You'd still be cold calling widows and dentists tryin' to sell 'em 20 shares of some dog shit stock. I took you in.
[hits him again]
Gordon Gekko: A NOBODY!
[and again]
Gordon Gekko: I opened the doors for you! Showed you how the system works! The value of information! How to *get it*! Fulham oil! Brant resources! Geodynamics! And this is how you fucking pay me back you COCKROACH?
[hits him once again and Bud falls to the ground]
Gordon Gekko: I GAVE you Darien. I GAVE you your manhood. I gave you EVERYTHING!
[calms down, then takes out his handkerchief and throws it to Bud to clean off the blood]
Gordon Gekko: You could've been one of the great ones Buddy. I looked at you and saw myself. Why?
Bud Fox: [getting up] I don't know. I guess I realized that I'm just Bud Fox.
[firmly]
Bud Fox: As much as I wanted to be Gordon Gekko, I'll *always* be Bud Fox.
[tosses back the handkerchief and walks away]

Bud Fox: Blue Horseshoe loves Anacott Steel.

Bud Fox: Hi, Marv.
Marv: [sarcastically] Oh, hi. Say, why don't YOU get the hell out of MY office!
Bud Fox: I know I've been a bit of a schmuck lately and I just want to apologize.
Marv: You've been a *real* schmuck lately. So go thou and sin no more.
Bud Fox: Let me make it up to you.
[types on computer]
Bud Fox: Bluestar. Put *all* your clients in it.
Marv: [pause] Ok, Buddy Buddy. We are back in business on Bluestar.

Carl Fox: He's using you, kid. He's got your prick in his back pocket, but you're too blind to see it.
Bud Fox: No. What I see is a jealous old machinist who can't stand the fact that his son has become more successful than he has!
Carl Fox: What you see is a guy who never measured a man's success by the size of his WALLET!
Bud Fox: That's because you never had the GUTS to go out into the world and stake your own claim!
[Long Pause]
Carl Fox: Boy, if that's the way you feel, I must have done a really lousy job as a father.

Bud Fox: There's no nobility in poverty.

Bud Fox: About average yield... very attractive.
Hooker: Mmm...
[while unzipping Bud's pants]
Bud Fox: Rising profits... strong balance sheet.
Hooker: I'm hot on this stock.
Bud Fox: It's ready to take off. I'd jump all over it if I were you.

Bud Fox: Having sex with her was like reading the Wall St Journal.

Bud Fox: What's the matter? Did somebody die?
Marv: Yeah...

Bud Fox: You know what my dream is? It's to one day be on the other end of that phone.

Lou Mannheim: Bud... Bud I like you. Just remember something. Man looks in the abyss, there's nothing staring back at him. At that moment man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.
Bud Fox: I think I understand.

Bud Fox: [after Gordon calls back and buys Bluestar]
[Loudly]
Bud Fox: Yeah! Woooo! I just bagged the elephant!

Bud Fox: Did mom give you fish for dinner?
Carl Fox: Spaghetti! Your mother still makes lousy spaghetti.
Bud Fox: It's called "pasta" now, dad. "Spaghetti" is out of date.
Carl Fox: So am I.

[last lines]
Carl Fox: [Bud is being dropped off in front of the courthouse] We'll park the car and catch up with you.
Bud Fox: Alright.

Bud Fox: Great, Carroline. Doing any better and it'd be a sin.

[BlueStar stock has gone from 19 to 22 7/8 very quickly]
Marv: Whew! Stock's going to Pluto, man.
Bud Fox: Start unloading!
Marv: What? SELL?
Bud Fox: Dump it! Dump it all! Where's Lou?
Marv: He's over there.
[Marv gets on the phone]
Marv: Ken, this is Marvin at Jackson-Steinem. We've gotta DUMP this baby! Yeah, you've got to take the money and RUN on BST! Yeah, we're pulling out now.

[Lynch is firing Dan]
Dan: We go way back, Harry. You know, I-I've put a lot of money into this firm over the years, and I've brought in a lot of businesses.
Lynch: You've taken enough out, too. You know that. You should have something put aside, for chrissake.
Dan: Well, I don't. With the divorces and everything, I haven't had a chance. And the kids...
Lynch: The bridges are burned.
[Bud walks by Lynch's office]
Dan: When you fire me, I'm finished, Harry, finished on the street.
Lynch: How do think I feel about this?
Dan: How do you think I feel? I've got a lot of responsibilities.
Bud Fox: [to Marv] What's goin' on?
Marv: Lynch is giving him the boot. He's not pulling his quota. We're all just one trade away from humility, Bud.

[Early in the morning, Bud's phone rings]
Bud Fox: [answers the phone] Yeah.
Gordon Gekko: Money never sleeps, pal. Just made 800,000 in Hong Kong gold. It's been wired to you. Play with it. You've done good, but you gotta keep doing good. I've showed you how the game works. Now School's out.
Bud Fox: Mr, Gekko, I'm there for you 110%.
Gordon Gekko: No, no, no, no. You don't understand. I wanna be surprised. Astonish me, pal. New info. I don't care were or how you get it, just get it. My wife tells me you made a move on Darien. Well, here some inside info for you: That euro-flash G.Q.-type she's going out with has got big bucks, but he's putting her feet to sleep. Exit Visas are imminent, so I don't want you losing your place in line.
[take a look at the sunrise]
Gordon Gekko: Ah, Jesus. I wish you could see this. Light's coming up. I've never seen a painting that captures the beauty of the ocean at a moment like this. I'm gonna make you rich, Bud Fox. Yeah. Rich enough, you can afford a girl like Darien. This is your wake-up call, pal. Go to work.

[Bud arrives at his to see Lynch, agents from the SEC and USPS, an lawyer from the U.S. Attorney's Office, and and an NYPD uniformed officer ready to arrest him]
Bud Fox: [shocked] I guess you're not here to open an I.R.A.
Postal Inspector: Mr. Fox, I'm Henry Patterson with the Postal Inspection Service. This is Mr. Ebanhopper from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Evan Morrissey from the Securities and Exchange Enforcement Office.
SEC Man: You're under arrest, Mr. Fox, for conspiracy to commit Securities fraud and for violating the Insider Trader's Sanction Act.
Lynch: [furious] The minute I've laid eyes on you, I knew you were no good.
U.S. Attorney: [as the cop places the handcuffs on Bud, he is read the Miranda warning] You have the right to remain silent and refuse to answer questions. Do you understand? Anything you do say may be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to consult an attorney before speaking to the police and to have an attorney present during any questioning now or in the future.
[Bud, now fired and disgraced from Jackson-Steinem, is led away from the office in tears amongst onlookers]
Bud Fox: [sobs to Carolyn] So long, Carolyn.

[In the last scene, The Foxes are driving down FDR Drive towards the U.S. Court House downtown]
Carl Fox: You told the truth and gave the money back. All things considered in this cockamamie world, you're shooting par.
Mrs. Fox: You helped saved the airline, and the airline people are gonna remember you for it.
Carl Fox: That's right. If I were you, I'd think about the job at Bluestar that Wildman offered you.
Bud Fox: Dad, I'm going to jail and you know it.
Carl Fox: Yeah, well, maybe that's the price, son. It's gonna be hard on you, that's for sure. But maybe in some kind of screwed-up way, it's the best thing that could've happened to you. You stop going for the easy buck and produce something with your life. Create instead of living off the buying and selling of others.
[drops Bud off at the Supreme Court House]
Carl Fox: We'll park the car and catch up with you.
Bud Fox: All right.


Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Bud Fox: So, does Blue Horseshoe still love Anacott Steel?