Wall Street Reviews

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September 14, 2012
I Like Oliver Stone.
May 10, 2015
Although this movie is predictable to say the least, Michael Douglas carries the film. His performance makes us forget about the awful acting from Charlie Sheen and makes this movie bearable.
April 8, 2015
Undoubtedly the most classic movie made on Wall Street. The chemistry between Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen couldn't have been better. Must watch for anybody, regardless of whether or not you're a fan of Finance.
April 6, 2015
Fairly interesting with lots of dialog that stays very interesting. It taught me a lot more about previously confused perceptions about insider trading at the stock market. Gripping at times and well acted by the even then seasoned cast.
December 20, 2014
Fantastic film. Having seen 'Wolf of Wall Street' I was interested to see Gordon Gekko in action. Sheen and Douglas are brilliant together. A very good film.
December 10, 2014
What I got to say about "Wall Street" is for my opinion give you an idea on how history in Wall Street works. "It's a movie that is a solid right to its core." The performances by the hole cast is good. "Michael Douglas gives a powerful performance with a bit of striking intensity. Also, Charlie Sheen also gives one of his best performances for his career." The directing by Oliver Stone is good. The screenplay by Stanley Weiser is great writing. The cinematography is fine. And finally the score and effects are good as well. "I have to report that "Wall Street" is a well done movie."
½ December 17, 2014
Entertaining, and featuring strong direction from Stone and a terrific performance by Michael Douglas. Wall Street is an interesting and enjoyable film.
November 30, 2014
Wall Street is a really good film about the choices that we make in order to lives and as well the greed of the stock market game
November 29, 2014
Martin Sheen plays a blue-collar worker. You know he's a blue-collar worker because he always wears an unbuttoned blue shirt stained with mechanic's grease, and he hangs out in a classic dive bar in Queens with his burly, beer-drinking buddies. He wishes that his son, played by Charlie Sheen, would have become this or that instead of a stockbroker. Can you guess which two professions he envisions for his son? If you guessed lawyer and doctor, congratulations, you've seen a movie and you know the clichés. And if you've paid attention, you know why that cliché is all wrong for Martin Sheen's character. He is created in the classic image of the hard-working, straight-shooting, lunch-pail-carrying union man, so what use does he have for a lawyer son any more or less than a stockbroker son? All a doctor son would do is tell him to put out the cigarettes he smokes as a kind of socio-political statement. If it's just upward mobility he's after for his son (it's not, as he makes clear), then high-powered trader ought to be good enough. His "lawyer or doctor" speech is not just a hack line of dialogue, it's the wrong hack dialogue in the wrong hack character's mouth.

Between that early scene and the end, "Wall Street" and the people in it change very little. The mode of expression remains obvious and labored and faux-intellectual for the duration. The movie is Oliver Stone's spoonful of supposed truth about the rottenness of American capitalism, fed to audiences without any adulteration of wit or charm. A lot of critics and audiences lapped it up in 1987. They and the Oscar voters were Father Stone's choir, happy to give a pass to his pulpit-pounding so long as he was sticking it to the Reaganites and Thatcherites. Michael Douglas's Gordon Gekko and his British counterpart played by Terence Stamp are the strawmen who stand in for the latter groups. Conveniently, they know they are bad guys. They don't have the pesky tendency of real-world people to believe that they're basically decent. When Gekko says "Greed is good," one of many soundbytes the script tries on and one of few that fits, he is trying to persuade a roomful of stockholders that capitalism is the engine of progress and a force for good in the world. If he believed that, as many people do, he'd have been a much more interesting figure. The characters played by the Sheens would have to engage him more thoughtfully in order to make a case to the contrary. Happily for them, no such effort is required by them, Stone, or the audience, because Gekko doesn't really believe what he says; he knows he's hurting others, and he doesn't care. The lifestyle he has, the language he uses, and the amorality he cultivates all exist in real life, and maybe sociopaths like him do exist in greater proportions on Wall Street than on Main Street. But characters as black and white as Douglas and Martin Sheen's are the exception. "Wall Street" is a fantasy movie, the world as Stone's conspiratorial mind imagines it to be. It is neither politically nor emotionally intelligent.

It is, however, cheesy, and this goes a long way toward making it watchable. Charlie Sheen's Bud breaking down by a hospital bed is as old a chestnut as the scene where his meat-and-potatoes father looks askance at a hoity-toity piece of sushi and the one where Gekko quotes Sun-tzu. These moments are so earnest and yet so cartoonish that they create some unintentional levity by virtue of their familiarity.

There is some good stagecraft and visual communication in "Wall Street." Many shots are stuffed front to back with people, and this brings the always-inhuman spectacle of the trading floor into the usually quieter spaces of white-collar offices and the executive conference rooms. All levels of the Wall Street world are thus implicated in the madness. At the back and along the edges of many of these crowded rooms, Stone carefully places "real" workers doing hands-on jobs: window-washers, janitors, many of them minorities and women. This is as subtle as the film gets, and it is more effective in its quiet way than Gekko's brash villainy or Martin Sheen's glaring self-righteousness.
½ November 9, 2014
a tame prequel to wolf of wall street, points for the hilarious interior decorating
October 26, 2014
Stereotypical and preachy.
½ January 2, 2014
You don't have to be a stockbroker to understand this movie. The dialogue and characters pull you in for a different type of film, in other words, good. Solid acting, except for Daryl Hannah, she wasn't on her "A game". Gordon Gekko is an unforgettable character and Michael Douglas is the perfect man for the job.
September 30, 2014
This movie captures the culture of finance and filters it through the perspective of its auteur, Oliver Stone. It amounts to an acerbic commentary on the message contained in the famous axiom of Gordon Gekko which he expresses at the shareholders' meeting of Teldar Paper: Greed is good. The film compares a few alternatives to that such as loyalty, hard work, and family. The fact that they're not quite as sexy as greed simply acknowledges an inescapable truth.
½ September 1, 2014
I just saw this for the first time(2014) and was disappointed. It was well done, just didn't live up to the hype. M.D.+C.S. were very good, tho.
½ July 21, 2014
see this then boiler room then wolf of wall street.
February 18, 2010
(First and only viewing - 7/8/2012)
July 29, 2014
While Oliver Stone's 1987 classic "Wall Street" presents itself as anti-wall street/anti-stockbroker in reality it could be set in any large multinational corporation. The overriding point is the wrongness of corporate greed and the actions of the Gordon Gekkos of this world. Imagine the same (slightly less glamorous) picture being set in modern day amazon - a corporation so large it can afford to lower prices to levels where it makes a loss on products in order to beat competitors and then raise them to monopolistic levels once competitors such as independent book stores have been crushed. As with all films that feature Wall Street and a glamourous life of greed (remember "greed is good") the viewer enjoys watching the young protagonist make more money in a year than others do in a lifetime, however what Stone does expertly is making the viewer feel guilty about thoroughly enjoying the films first act. The best and most personal scenes of the film are those with Charlie and real life father Martin Sheen with the emotional climax being Bud visiting his father in hospital after he suffered a metaphorical heartbreak. The way in which Bud brings down Gekko; through using the tricks that Gekko himself had been using to metaphorically eat up the insects of the business world is the real triumph of the film. Finally we cannot sympathise more with Fox sr. when he says a stint in prison will do his son good, we accept that our protagonist has done wrong and we know he deserves punishment.
July 27, 2014
Wall Street is a difficult film to share an opinion on. It is not a bad film. The lead characters are cast well and Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen work well together. It would have been interesting to see what kind of future career Sheen could have had if he didn't have his personal problems later in life. It is also fun to see Martin Sheen turn up as the father of Charlie Sheen's characters. It adds that nice extra layer when seeing the two characters interact together. The direction is top notch too with some good editing. I personally liked the idea of the split screens showing a number of scenes at once responding to the same situation.
The problem with Wall Street would not be there for everyone who watches it. Wall Street does have a very specific topic it addresses. It might sound harsh to say, but if you have absolutely no interest in stockbroking and the stock exchange then I would suggest avoiding this film altogether. Unless your a major fan of Douglas or Sheen then you may be able to tolerate it. It's not the most exciting topic and if your like me and have no interest, then all the talk will fly straight over your head. There were scenes of characters talking with me being completely clueless on what was being said. Because of this lack of interest, I found myself viewing 2 hours of dull and boring money talk.
My rating does not represent the overall film. It's made well and should be recognised for it, however it is only really there for a particular audience. A score right down the middle means that you will either enjoy it or dislike it depending on where you stand with your money.
½ July 25, 2014
Stockbrokers, corporate raiders, blue-collars, Securities and Exchange Commission.... these are not in my glossary.
September 4, 2007
Charlie Sheen kind of looks and acts like a poor man's Tom Cruise in this movie. Tom Cruise probably would've been in this movie and done a helluva a better job if he wasn't glowing from "Top Gun" at the time. All the stars go to Michael Douglas's portrayal of Gordon Gecko.
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