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.
Now out of prison but still disgraced by his peers, Gordon Gekko works his future son-in-law, an idealistic stock broker, when he sees an opportunity to take down a Wall Street enemy and rebuild his empire.
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
Various characters make a hash of the description of the occurrence that gives Bud his entree to Gekko, that being the not-yet-public news about Bluestar that Bud passes on to Gekko and Gekko trades on. According to Bud's father it was a ruling by the FAA in the course of the investigation of an accident (Bud later calls it a crash). The FAA doesn't investigate airplane crashes: the NTSB does. It's an independent agency, not part of the FAA. Also, when he's talking to Gekko, Bud says it's a lawsuit, not an investigation, and refers to plaintiffs. Neither the FAA nor the NTSB makes rulings in lawsuits: judges do. Finally, both Bud and Gekko clearly imply that Gekko trading on the tip from Bud is wildly illegal. Under the Supreme Court's Dirks decision (1983), Gekko's trading would appear to be legal, as Bud's dad had no intention (or even a thought) of gaining some benefit by mentioning the ruling to Bud. See more »
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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). 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.
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