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.
Now out of prison but still disgraced by his peers, Gordon Gekko works his future son-in-law, an idealistic stock broker, when he sees an opportunity to take down a Wall Street enemy and rebuild his empire.
On the Wall Street of the 1980s, Bud Fox is a stockbroker full of ambition, doing whatever he can to make his way to the top. Admiring the power of the unsparing corporate raider Gordon Gekko, Fox entices Gekko into mentoring him by providing insider trading. As Fox becomes embroiled in greed and underhanded schemes, his decisions eventually threaten the livelihood of his scrupulous father. Faced with this dilemma, Fox questions his loyalties.Written by
Daryl Hannah has never seen the film. She said in an interview that it was a "rough experience" and she and Director Oliver Stone had an "unhealthy working relationship". At the time of filming she accused Stone of being a misogynist. She said "film is a collaborate medium. Sometimes you hook up with people you don't collaborate well with." See more »
When Gekko drops Bud from the limo, the street is completely dry. A few blocks away it was pouring rain. It could be a microburst, which produces heavy rain in a small area. See more »
[a crowd of businessmen stampede into an elevator]
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I did think that this movie was pretty good. I was quite excited when I went into this movie as I was aware of the mostly positive reviews that it had received over the last two decades. I must say that I do not believe this film quite lives up to the hype and all the positive things that I had heard about it.
The performances of Douglas and the Sheens are very great, but again, I'm not sure as they were as mind blowing as all the hype leads one to believe.
The plot was a bit ho-hum for me. It is a good story to see someone who is young and hungry but at the bottom of the barrel rise through the ranks to become a sensation, but for me the way that it was carried out in "Wall Street" could be a bore at times. If you compare this situation to Ray Liotta's character in "Goodfellas" I think you will really see how this could have been better accomplished.
I don't mean to be too harsh with this movie because as I said with my first sentence, I did like it, I just don't think it is quite as good as one might think it to be.
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