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Wall Street (1987)



Critic Consensus: With Wall Street, Oliver Stone delivers a blunt but effective -- and thoroughly well-acted -- jeremiad against its era's veneration of greed as a means to its own end.

Movie Info

"Greed is Good." This is the credo of the aptly named Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), the antihero of Oliver Stone's Wall Street. Gekko, a high-rolling corporate raider, is idolized by young-and-hungry broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen). Inveigling himself into Gekko's inner circle, Fox quickly learns to rape, murder and bury his sense of ethics. Only when Gekko's wheeling and dealing causes a near-tragedy on a personal level does Fox "reform"-though his means of destroying Gekko are every bit as underhanded as his previous activities on the trading floor. Director Stone, who cowrote Wall Street with Stanley Weiser, has claimed that the film was prompted by the callous treatment afforded his stockbroker father after 50 years in the business; this may be why the film's most compelling scenes are those between Bud Fox and his airline mechanic father (played by Charlie Sheen's real-life dad Martin). Ironically, Wall Street was released just before the October, 1987 stock market crash. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Oliver Stone, Stanley Weiser, Stanley G. Weiser
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 7, 2000
20th Century Fox


Michael Douglas
as Gordon Gekko
Martin Sheen
as Carl Fox
Daryl Hannah
as Darien Taylor
Terence Stamp
as Sir Larry Wildman
Sean Young
as Kate Gekko
Sylvia Miles
as Realtor
James Spader
as Roger Barnes
Hal Holbrook
as Lou Mannheim
Saul Rubinek
as Harold Salt
Annie McEnroe
as Muffie Livingston
Monique van Vooren
as Woman at '21'
Tamara Tunie
as Carolyn
Leslie Lyles
as Natalie
Faith Geer
as Natalie's Assistant
Frank Adonis
as Charlie
Dani Klein
as Receptionist
Martin Sherman
as Banker at "21"
Lauren Tom
as Lady Broker
Liliane Montevecchi
as Woman at "Le Cirdue"
Ronald Von Klaussen
as Airline Mechanic
Pirie MacDonald
as TV Business Analyst
Cecilia Peck
as Candice Rogers
Grant Shaud
as Young Broker
Carol Schneider
as Paralegal
Sean Stone
as Rudy Gekko
John Galateo
as SEC Man
Jean De Baer
as Tom Carpenter
Jeff Beck
as Investment Banker
Pat Skipper
as Postal Inspector
Ken Lipper
as Trader - Office
Donnie Kehr
as Trader - Office
Patrick Weathers
as Trader - Office
Oliver Stone
as Trader - Office
Jeff Rector
as Trader - Office
Alexandra Neil
as Elevator Person
Sam Ingraffia
as Elevator Person
Byron Utley
as Elevator Person
James Bulleit
as Elevator Person
Michael C. Mahon
as Trader - Office
John Capodice
as Dominick
Paul Guilfoyle
as Stone Livingston
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Critic Reviews for Wall Street

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (8)

The sensibility of this movie is so adolescent that it's hard to take it as seriously as the filmmakers intend us to.

Full Review… | September 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Watching Oliver Stone's Wall Street is about as wordy and dreary as reading the financial papers accounts of the rise and fall of an Ivan Boesky-type arbitrageur.

Full Review… | September 18, 2007
Top Critic

Dramatically inept, the film also muddles its naÔve moralising.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Wall Street isn't a movie to make one think. It simply confirms what we all know we should think, while giving us a tantalizing, Sidney Sheldon-like peek into the boardrooms and bedrooms of the rich and powerful.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

...an eye-opening behind-the-scenes glimpse at an almost alien landscape.

Full Review… | November 8, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

For a motion picture that, at the time of shooting, was intended to be relatively hip and cutting-edge, it is now so laughably outdated it almost feels like science-fiction.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010

Audience Reviews for Wall Street

An excellent film about greed and the desire to score more and more in the stock market game of power with Michael Douglas in a magnificent performance as the voracious, unforgettable shark Gordon Gekko in a fascinating story that is greatly directed and relies on an elegant dialogue.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


I'll be honest, I'm not the biggest Oliver Stone fan. He's some great films (Platoon, Natural Born Killers) but I find that his films basically deal with the same subject. However with Wall Street he makes a very solid, and entertaining film about a Wall Street Broker, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) who is eager to make it big on Wall Street. The film examines Fox's relationship with Corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) and how both men use insider trading information to make large sums of money. Only when his relationship with Gekko sours does Bud Fox destroy Gekko with his competition. Wall Street is an interesting film that takes a good look at corporate greed and how some people will do anything to gain fortunes. Brilliantly acted by Michael Douglass and Charlie Sheen, Wall Street is an effective dramatic thriller that is very suspenseful. Oliver Stone delivers a good film and the cast here are terrific. Wall Street is a well crafted film that is one of Stone's best films. If you're looking for a good, entertaining film that makes insider trading an interesting subject for a film, then Wall Street is that film. The film may not be perfect, but it delivers good entertainment and like I said it's one of Stone's best films aside from Platoon. Oliver Stone has succeeded in making a not so interesting subject entertaining for a film, and for the most part, Wall Street succeeds in deliver solid drama and thrills. A worthy film to watch for sure.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Eh, I thought it was going to be better. Gordon Gekko isn't as cool as I thought he was going to be.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Wall Street Quotes

Gordon Gekko: Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
– Submitted by Dutch E (3 years ago)
Bud Fox: That is horseshit! You step out that door and I am changing the locks!
– Submitted by Melanie D (3 years ago)
Gordon Gekko: Greed Is good.
– Submitted by Alex K (3 years ago)
Gordon Gekko: The most valuable commodity I know of is information.
– Submitted by Nusfish K (4 years ago)

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