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.
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.
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.
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.
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.