Wall Street (DVD)

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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.

Product Details

Barcode
5039036004800
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Jan 2008
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Region
Region 2
Year
1987
Language
English
Studio
20th Century Fox
Runtime
122 min
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Wall Street
Release Year
1987
Running Time
125 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Betrayal / Big Business / Big City / Fathers And Sons / Money / Recommended / Road To Ruin / Scams And Cons / Theatrical Release
Ratings
IMDb
7.4
Rotten Tomatoes®
78% 81%
Metacritic
56
Synopsis
Oliver Stone opened fire on the greed decade of the 1980s with this morality tale set on Wall Street. It stars Charlie Sheen as Bud Fox, an ambitious rookie stockbroker from a blue-collar background who is mesmerized by Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), a Mephistophelean superbroker who specializes in corporate takeovers. Despite his initial resistance to Bud's entreaties, Gekko finally takes on the eager beaver as his protégé, schooling him in the kind of slash-and-burn maneuvers that have taken Gekko to the top. This style is far more attractive to Fox than the more prosaic but principled approach to investing preached by veteran Lou Mannheim (Hal Holbrook). And, at first, it's impossible to dispute his preference; as Bud's life moves into the fast lane, he quickly acquires an upscale apartment and a girlfriend to match, interior designer Darien (Darryl Hannah). But when Gekko demands that Bud not only break the law but directly undermine his union-leader father, Carl (Martin Sheen), and jeopardize the jobs and lives of his friends and family, he realizes that the cost of success might be more than he's willing to pay. WALL STREET is a riveting, testosterone-fueled tour of the Street's upper echelons, featuring standout performances by Michael Douglas and Martin Sheen.
Notes
The film began shooting April 24, 1987; completed shooting July 4, 1987. Released in the USA December 11, 1987. Shown at the Berlin Film Festival February 1988. Released on video July 7, 1988.

Filmed in New York City and Utah.

Estimated budget: $16 million.

Stone dedicated the film to his stockbroker father.

Shown at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Film Festival in a tribute to Edward Pressman.

For maximum authenticity, director Oliver Stone made sure that Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen spent time with numerous brokers and arbitrage experts who were hired as consultants. Sheen also met with a former Wall Street employee who had pleaded guilty to insider trading.
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Poster for Wall Street
Cast & Crew
Director
Oliver Stone
Star
Michael Douglas / Charlie Sheen / Martin Sheen / Daryl Hannah / Hal Holbrook / James Karen / John C. McGinley / Sylvia Miles / James Spader / Terence Stamp / Sean Young
Screenwriter
Oliver Stone / Stanley Weiser
Composer
Stewart Copeland
Producer
Edward R. Pressman
Director of Photography
Robert Richardson
Editor
Claire Simpson
Production Designer
Stephen Hendrickson
Co-Producer
A. Kitman Ho
Associate Producer
Michael Flynn
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"...Douglas puts his character's ideas across with such seductive self-assurance that conservatives could easily ignore the irony..."
Glenn Kenny (17 May 1996, pp.68-9)
Los Angeles Times
"...It's a wizardly turn by Douglas..."
Sheila Benson (11 Dec 1987, p.C1)
Premiere
"[T]he 'greed is good' speech that Gekko delivers before an audience of corporate stockholders is a show-stopper."
Premiere Staff (1 Apr 2004, p.68)
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Stone gets the details right....As social anthropology it rivals GOODFELLAS..."
Simon Kinnear (1 Oct 2010, )
Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film remains relevant and gripping....The script is endlessly quotable..."
David Richardson (1 May 2008, p.79)
USA Today
"...A richly cast sex-and-power melodrama..."
Mike Clark (17 Nov 2000, p.13E)
Variety
"...[WALL STREET] is as good a contemporary story as there is today..."
Brit. (9 Dec 1987, )

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Actor
Winner: 1987 - Michael Douglas