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.
As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader's mentor.Written by
Note that the opening scene (Gordon gets out of prison, gets his money clip with no money in it, his Cartier watch and ancient mobile phone, and does not get a limo) is stylistically quite different from the rest of the movie. That is because it was written in December 2000 by a German creative director, Jan Geschke, who was producing the only European commercials Michael Douglas ever agreed to for the stock market branch of Commerzbank AG, Comdirect, as the pilot for a series of commercials celebrating the return of Gordon Gekko from prison with 86 million dollars acquired through online trading by WAP phone from behind bars. The script was handed to Oliver Stone in the bar of the Del Mar hotel in Santa Monica when discussing the possibility of his directing 6 commercials ("If I ever do a sequel, I'll start with this.") Michael Douglas did not agree to the ad agency's choice of director, Stone did not wish to become involved with ad work, and Harald Zwart was chosen as director for the shooting of 6 different commercials (which had become necessary when the bank client realized Gordon Gekko is a criminal) . The original script rested with Oliver Stone until he decided to use it. See more »
When Jake Moore first enters Gordon Gekko's apartment, a white actor's position mark is visible on the floor. See more »
In 1987, Oliver Stone directed and co-wrote "Wall Street" with Michael Douglas as a super-confident corporate raider Gordon Gekko ("Greed is good") and Charlie Sheen as his young acolyte. The real-life financial crash of 2008 was obviously a powerful inducement to Stone to return to the crime scene and 23 years later Stone again directs and co-scripts, Douglas is back as a Gekko who has served his jail term, and even Sheen has a small cameo. The young newcomers are Carey Mulligan as Gekko's estranged daughter and Shia LaBeouf as the daughter's partner. Other talent on show includes Frank Langella and Josh Brolin and even a 95 year old Eli Wallach.
This is a glitzy production that includes another hard-hitting speech by Gordon Gekko ("Money is a bitch that never sleeps!") - this time savaging the irrational exuberance that leads to speculative bubbles in over-complex and opaque financial markets. Sadly, however, the film pulls its punches by putting too much blame on one rogue trader than on the systemic crisis in modern capitalism and offering a trite conclusion to the tensions in the Gekko family.
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