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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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Oliver Stone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sheen ... Bud Fox
Tamara Tunie ... Carolyn
Franklin Cover ... Dan
Chuck Pfeiffer Chuck Pfeiffer ... Chuckie (as Chuck Pfeifer)
John C. McGinley ... Marvin
Hal Holbrook ... Lou Mannheim
James Karen ... Lynch
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ... Natalie
Michael Douglas ... Gordon Gekko
Faith Geer Faith Geer ... Natalie's Assistant
Frank Adonis ... Charlie
John Capodice ... Dominick
Martin Sheen ... Carl Fox
Suzen Murakoshi ... Girl in Bed
Dani Klein Dani Klein ... Receptionist
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Storyline

On the Wall Street of the 1980s, Bud Fox is a stockbroker full of ambition, doing whatever he can to make his way to the top. Admiring the power of the unsparing corporate raider Gordon Gekko, Fox entices Gekko into mentoring him by providing insider trading. As Fox becomes embroiled in greed and underhanded schemes, his decisions eventually threaten the livelihood of his scrupulous father. Faced with this dilemma, Fox questions his loyalties. Written by Jwelch5742

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Every dream has a price.

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Crime | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

When Bud Fox first talks to Roger Barnes in his office, right after Bud tells Roger that no one else can hear them, a boom mic is visible. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Billions: Tie Goes to the Runner (2018) See more »

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Midnight Motion
Written by Kenny G
Performed by Kenny G
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Taut, sharply written thriller
10 July 2003 | by MovieLuvaMattSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,104,611, 13 December 1987

Gross USA:

$43,848,069

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,848,069
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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