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Wall Street (1987)

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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Pfeiffer ...
Chuckie (as Chuck Pfeifer)
Lou Mannheim
Leslie Lyles ...
Faith Geer ...
Natalie's Assistant
Frank Adonis ...
Girl in Bed
Dani Klein ...


Bud Fox is a Wall Street stockbroker in early 1980's New York with a strong desire to get to the top. Working for his firm during the day, he spends his spare time working an on angle with the high-powered, extremely successful (but ruthless and greedy) broker Gordon Gekko. Fox finally meets with Gekko, who takes the youth under his wing and explains his philosophy that "Greed is Good". Taking the advice and working closely with Gekko, Fox soon finds himself swept into a world of "yuppies", shady business deals, the "good life", fast money, and fast women; something which is at odds with his family including his estranged father and the blue-collared way Fox was brought up. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Every dream has a price.


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

11 December 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Borsa  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$43,848,100 (USA)

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Did You Know?


During the meeting where it's revealed Blue Star will be broken up, Gekko's representative tells Bud he will have the shortest lifespan of any executive, "since that pope who got poisoned." This is obviously a reference to John Paul I whom died in 1978 after only 33 days of being pope.

John Paul I died of natural causes but conspiracy theories still persist of an assassination. See more »


After Bud's initial meeting in Gekko's office, when Gekko asks, "You got a card?", the camera crew is reflected in the door behind Bud. See more »


[first lines]
Businesswoman #1: [a crowd of businessmen stampede into an elevator] Excuse me.
Businessman #1: Easy!
Businesswoman #2: Excuse me!
Businessman #2: Thank you.
Businesswomen #3: Sorry!
Businessman #3: Easy!
Businessman #4: Easy!
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Lyrics by David Byrne
Music by David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz
Published by Index Music, Inc./Blue Disque Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by The Talking Heads
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
From the Talking Heads album "Speaking in Tongues"
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Taut, sharply written thriller
10 July 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I mainly purchased the DVD, because of two reasons: Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen. I'm quite an admirer of both actors. I have virtually no knowledge about the stock market, or about stocks themselves. Those who are in the market or have vast knowledge about stocks will probably enjoy the film much more. However, I still enjoyed the film. When a movie's really good, it doesn't matter whether or not the audience member is interested in the topic. Besides, the film boils down to basic universal themes, like selling your soul to the devil and money being the root of all evil.

The characters are interesting and richly developed, with the exception of Darryl Hannah's underwritten character. I can see why she didn't like playing that role. Douglas is always a joy to watch, and makes a suave yet slimy villain. I wouldn't necessarily say he deserved an Oscar, but he did a fine job nonetheless. So did Charlie Sheen, who is actually the star of the film despite the fact that most people remember "Wall Street" for Douglas as Gordon Gecko. Sheen gives a fine multi-dimensional performance. I love the scenes between him and his father Martin Sheen, who plays his father in the film. Oliver Stone made a great choice casting the father-and-son team, since the tension in their scenes feels very authentic.

There are some predictable plot turns and character arcs, but altogether Stone keeps the excitement going. I like how the climactic scene between Douglas and Sheen is shot without cuts, with the camera moving from person to person, keeping the tension going. If I knew at least an inkling about the stock market, I wouldn't be completely lost during certain scenes, but what can you do? I still think it's a fine film with solid performances.

My score: 7 (out of 10)

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