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Wall Street (1987)

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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.

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Oliver Stone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sheen ... Bud Fox
Tamara Tunie ... Carolyn
Franklin Cover ... Dan
Chuck Pfeiffer Chuck Pfeiffer ... Chuckie (as Chuck Pfeifer)
John C. McGinley ... Marvin
Hal Holbrook ... Lou Mannheim
James Karen ... Lynch
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ... Natalie
Michael Douglas ... Gordon Gekko
Faith Geer Faith Geer ... Natalie's Assistant
Frank Adonis ... Charlie
John Capodice ... Dominick
Martin Sheen ... Carl Fox
Suzen Murakoshi ... Girl in Bed
Dani Klein Dani Klein ... Receptionist
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Storyline

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 Jwelch5742

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Every dream has a price.

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R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wall Street See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,104,611, 13 December 1987

Gross USA:

$43,848,069

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,848,069
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Businesswoman #1: [a crowd of businessmen stampede into an elevator] Excuse me.
Businessman #1: Easy!
Businesswoman #2: Excuse me!
Businessman #2: Thank you.
Businesswomen #3: Sorry!
Businessman #3: Easy!
Businessman #4: Easy!
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This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
Lyrics by David Byrne
Music by David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz
Published by Index Music, Inc./Blue Disque Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by The Talking Heads
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
From the Talking Heads album "Speaking in Tongues"
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Pretty Good, Not Great
17 November 2009 | by kylehodgdonSee all my reviews

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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