Wall Street

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Released 1987

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Director:
Oliver Stone
Released:
1987
Rating:
R

Wall Street is the acclaimed 1987 insider trading drama from Oscar winning filmmaker Oliver Stone (Platoon, Natural Born Killers, U-Turn, JFK). Set in the fast paced, high priced world of Wall Street bankers and megabucks, the story concerns idealistic yet aggressive stock exchange wunderkind Bud Cox (Charlie Sheen, Hot Shots, Spin City, The Chase, Men At Work, Two and A Half Men) as he is wowed and wooed by the legendary tycoon with the killer philosophy 'Greed is Good' Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas, The Ghost and the Darkness, Traffic, Disclosure, The Game, Basic Instinct, Falling Down, Fatal Attraction, Romancing the Stone) whose prowess at the stock game is legendary and something Cox aspires too. As Gekko trains Fox in his philistine maneuverings which are not unsuccessful in landing the youth newly acquired wealth and power, they soon partner in a risky scheme that could destroy them both. But soon, Cox sees the error of his views and attempts to make things right. Inspired a sequel with Shia LeBeouf.

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Stone's most impressive achievement in this film is to allow all the financial wheeling and dealing to seem complicated and convincing, and yet always have it make sense.

  • 70

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Wall Street isn't a movie to make one think. It simply confirms what we all know we should think, while giving us a tantalizing, Sidney Sheldon-like peek into the boardrooms and be...

  • 20

    Variety

    Watching Oliver Stone's Wall Street is about as wordy and dreary as reading the financial papers accounts of the rise and fall of an Ivan Boesky-type arbitrageur.

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    characters with hidden agendas, Crime, corporate secrets, high stake situations, insatiable greed