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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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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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11 December 1987 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,104,611, 13 December 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,848,100
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According to Oliver Stone, he was "making a movie about sharks, about feeding frenzies. Bob [director of photography Robert Richardson] and I wanted the camera to become a predator. There is no letup until you get to the fixed world of Charlie's father, where the stationary camera gives you a sense of immutable values." The director saw Wall Street as a battle zone and "filmed it as such" including shooting conversations like physical confrontations and in ensemble shots had the camera circle the actors "in a way that makes you feel you're in a pool with sharks." See more »

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In the screen when Charlie Sheen is coming down the stairs from the last meeting with Michael Douglas about the airline, there is a man dressed as a woman in a black wig and gold earrings directly behind Charlie Sheen. You will have to pause to see it, it is so fast. But clearly a man in drag. 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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This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
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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Oliver Stone, Film maker.
11 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

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.

Highly recommended.


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