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The first feature film to show a character using a cordless portable phone.
Oliver Stone gave Charlie Sheen the choice of having either Jack Lemmon or Martin Sheen play his father. Charlie chose his dad.
Oliver Stone later admitted that everyone involved told him Daryl Hannah was miscast, but he was too proud to replace her. This caused tension on set, particularly with Sean Young who wanted the role herself.
As of 2014, the only movie to win both an Oscar (Best Actor- Michael Douglas) and a Razzie (Worst Supporting Actress- Daryl Hannah) for acting.
Tom Cruise wanted the part of Bud Fox, but Oliver Stone had already cast Charlie Sheen.
From the beginning, Sean Young kept telling Oliver Stone that she should play Darien and Daryl Hannah should be fired. Young would show up on the set late and unprepared. It's part of the reason her role is so small.
The only Oliver Stone film to have a sequel.
When Bud Fox enters Gekko's Office for the first time, when the doors are closed behind him you can hear a wolf howl.
At the time, Michael Douglas was better known as a producer. Oliver Stone was warned that Douglas would micromanage the film and undermine Stone. Stone hired Douglas anyway, and Douglas did not micromanage.
Michael Douglas modeled his performance after his friend Pat Riley, who at the time was head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Michael Douglas worked with a speech instructor on breath control to help him with the film's rapid-fire dialogue.
Daryl Hannah has never seen the film. She said in an interview that it was a "rough experience" and she and Director Oliver Stone had an "unhealthy working relationship". At the time of filming she accused Stone of being a misogynist. She said "film is a collaborate medium. Sometimes you hook up with people you don't collaborate well with."
Sir Larry Wildman, the British takeover artist played by Terence Stamp, is widely believed to be modeled after Sir Gordon White of Hanson PLC, a company that does only acquisitions, liquidations, and wholesale deconstruction of companies.
The plot is loosely based on the junk bond and insider trading scandals of the 1980s.
The movie's line "Greed... is good." was voted as the #70 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
The movie's line "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good." was voted as the #57 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
Charlie Sheen's character was originally called Joe Fox. It was changed because a real-life Wall Street trader with the same name refused to have his name used.
When Bud Fox discovers the Anacott Steel acquisition, Gordon Gekko tells him to buy 1500 option contracts. When they sell their shares to Sir Larry Wildman, the option contracts provide a gross return of $3,225,000.
Hal Holbrook's character, Lou, is named for director Oliver Stone's real father, Louis Stone, a Wall Street stockbroker who died a year before this film's release.
Director Oliver Stone's first two choices to play Gordon Gekko were Richard Gere and Warren Beatty.
Gordon Gekko's "Greed is good" speech was inspired by Ivan Boesky's speech at the University of California's commencement ceremony in 1986. Boesky was a Wall Street arbitrageur who paid a $100 million penalty to the SEC later that year to settle insider trading charges. In his speech, Boesky said "Greed is all right, by the way. I want you to know that. I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself."
Anacott Steel, a fictional company, may be an obscure reference to Anaconda Copper, a company that busted in the 1929 stock market crash. Many entertainers had invested in Anaconda, including Groucho Marx.
At the Teldar Paper shareholders meeting, the name card of the man at the end of the back row on the right, visible over Gordon Gekko's shoulder, says "Sean Stone". Oliver Stone's son, Sean Stone, plays Rudy Gekko.
Daryl Hannah was never happy about playing Bud's materialistic girlfriend Darien. It was at odds with everything the actress and activist represented.
In the Wall Street scenes the camera is deliberately jittery and always prowling. It becomes calmer and stationary in the more grounded scenes with Bud's father.
With a Directors Guild strike looming, Oliver Stone worked 14-hour days in the last few weeks of production. The film was finished five days ahead of schedule.
Oliver Stone wanted to make a film about the 1950s quiz show scandals. When he tossed around ideas with his friend Stanley Weiser, he hit on the notion of making a film about Wall Street instead. Weiser was reluctant because he knew very little about the financial markets. Stone encouraged Weiser to read "Crime and Punishment" and "The Great Gatsby" for an idea of the morality he wanted to put into the story, and Weiser spent the next few months immersing himself in the financial world. He and Stone spent three weeks visiting brokerage houses and interviewing investors.
The Realtor played by Sylvia Miles is never referred to by name. Her name is revealed in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010); Dolores.
Working title: "Greed".
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The scene where Bud confronts Gekko in his office is primarily composed of two extended takes, separated by the cut to the reverse angle shot of Gordon shouting "Because it's wreckable!" The rest of the scene is one unbroken take.
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Martin Sheen, who is both a cast member and father of cast member Charlie Sheen, worked with Michael Douglas's father, Kirk Douglas, in The Final Countdown (1980).
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Oliver Stone talked extensively to Burt Lancaster about taking a role in the film, but the timing didn't work out. Soon afterward, Lancaster suffered an incapacitating heart attack.
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James Woods was offered the part of Gordon Gekko. But he turned it down to do Cop (1988) instead.
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Co-stars John C. McGinley and Martin Sheen share the same birthday (August 3rd).
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Pat Skipper's film debut.

Director Cameo 

Oliver Stone:  on the phone during the montage of deals being made.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

At the end of the movie, when Bud Fox gets out of the car to take a long walk up the stairs to the courtroom, he passes by a newspaper stand in the background with a poster for Fortune magazine. His picture is on the front cover.

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