Wall Street

Wall Street

Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas
Oliver Stone
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.
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The movie answer to Market Wizards

This is the movie that got me into finance, and is far superior to the sequel " money never sleeps ". In some bizarre way , Gordon Gecko remains an enigmatic and even inspirational figure with his brutally honest and cyical view of the finance industry. In a nutshell, a great movie that captures the zeigeist of the times and of an industry with a wholely believable and realistic storyline.

Michael Douglas gives a standout performance as Gecko abley support by the underrated Terence Stamp and the ernest Charlie Sheen.

A truly must see for everyone interested in the world of finance.
my favourite film!

one of the greatest films in the history! Douglas is great!

The remake sucks, though. Gordon Gecko is king and will always be an icon
Not for every one... just market traders

It was ok... since i have a keen interest on the markets and knew what was going on. For others.... prob' go an a bit. Bit this for me what what Rocky is like for boxing.

What do you learn from this movie? That insider trading has been around for a long time, and many "Guru's" in this movie and in real-life have made a bundle because of connections and insider information.

The only word you need to say is "Classic"!!!!
Very Informative

Although trading with inside information is not as common as it used to be, this film manages to also educate the viewers about the greedy climate of the high-roller world that feeds off our economic system. It's a very entertaining movie too.
Simple the best

I still remember the line " if you want a friend, get a dog"

very true in the markets

This is why I became interested in trading in fact I still want to be Gordon GeckoThe point is, ladies and gentlemen: Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right; greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms, greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge — has marked the upward surge of mankind and greed, you mark my words — will save not only Teldar Paper but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.
The Daddy

Not really timeless, but nevertheless a classic. Douglas' masterful work as Gordon Gecko set the standard, while doubtless inspiring thousands of trading wannabes on both sides of the pond.

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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