Although nearly two decades old now, Wall Street remains a classic financial markets tale. It's timeless story line serves to underline the ever-present motivations of market participants.
Michael Douglas won an Oscar for perfectly embodying the Reagan-era credo that "greed is good." As a Donald Trump-like Wall Street raider aptly named Gordon Gecko (for his reptilian ability to attack corporate targets and swallow them whole), Douglas found a role tailor-made to his skill in portraying heartless men who've sacrificed humanity to power.
Gecko is a slick, seductive role model for the young ambitious Wall Street broker played by Charlie Sheen, who falls into Gecko's sphere of influence and instantly succumbs to the allure of risky deals and generous payoffs. With such perks as a high-rise apartment and women who love men for their money, Charlie's like a worm on Gecko's hook, blind to the corporate maneuvering that puts him at odds with his own father (played by Sheen's offscreen father, Martin).
With his usual lack of subtlety, writer-director Oliver Stone drew from the brokering experience of his own father to tell this Faustian tale for the "me" decade, but the movie's sledgehammer style is undeniably effective. A cautionary warning that Stone delivers on highly entertaining terms, Wall Street grabs your attention while questioning the corrupted values of a system that worships profit at the cost of one's soul.
Produced by: Oliver Stone
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas
Not for every one... just market traders
Simple the best
very true in the markets
Plot simple enough it's realistic, while involved enough to be interesting (a tough balancing act when prtraying what is essentially a complex field of work). The all star cast (Charlie and Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Terence Stamp) all weigh in with high quality performances (ok, maybe not Daryl Hannah but the others are superb). If you have any interest at all in the financial markets, enjoy a good film and haven't seen this then I despair of you.
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