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
Gekko says his 3-year-old son "had the highest IQ score in his class." No known IQ test is given to 3-year-olds. Obviously, Gekko - as is his wont - is boasting about his son without any real basis for the boast. See more »
[a crowd of businessmen stampede into an elevator]
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I read a critic complaining about "too much techno babble" but any professional in the game loves it.
Naturally, the "greed is good" speech stands out above many great "Gekko" quotes. My favorite has to do with the "illusion of wealth."
The other great quote that comes to mind is when Martin Sheen tells his son to "go out and produce something instead of making money on people's buying and selling."
Of course, you then have the "abyss" speech "when you look into the abyss and nothing is staring back..." was great too.
"Congratulations buddy boy you just made things twice as tough as before," really hits home regarding the pressure to make quota.
"It's a dog with fleas." will live forever.
"Blue horseshoe loves it," is another quote that stands out.
The screenplay was written outstandingly well. I could tell how much money Bud Fox was making as he moves along.
And another stand out quote that art imitates life was the manager saying, "I always knew he was no good." The Street is full of two faced, backstabbing b*****ds that could give a rat's ass about integrity. Integrity to most of the street is being on the winning trade.
I loved Bud Fox's buddy boy with the Yankee helmet. I loved it when Bud balled him out to invoke the response, what an asshole.
I loved Bud's office complete with a window and plant. I loved the beginning of the movie with the computer agenda.
"The stock is 17 5/8ths and dropping. As your broker I advise you to take it."
Great movie. Love to see a sequel.
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