The Wolf of Wall Street


The Wolf of Wall Street

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Funny, self-referential, and irreverent to a fault, The Wolf of Wall Street finds Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at their most infectiously dynamic.



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Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title "The Wolf of Wall Street." -- (C) Paramount

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Leonardo DiCaprio
as Jordan Belfort
Jonah Hill
as Donnie Azoff
Margot Robbie
as Naomi Lapaglia
Kyle Chandler
as Agent Patrick Denham
Joanna Lumley
as Aunt Emma
Jean Dujardin
as Jean-Jacques Saurel
Jon Favreau
as Manny Riskin
Rob Reiner
as Max Belfort
Cristin Milioti
as Teresa Petrillo
Christine Ebersole
as Leah Belfort
Shea Whigham
as Captain Ted Beecham
Katarina Cas
as Chantalle
P.J. Byrne
as Nicky Koskoff ("Rugrat")
Kenneth Choi
as Chester Ming
Brian Sacca
as Robbie Feinberg ("Pinhead")
Henry Zebrowski
as Alden Kupferberg ("Sea Otter")
Ethan Suplee
as Toby Welch
Barry Rothbart
as Peter DeBlasio
Jake Hoffman
as Steve Madden
Mackenzie Meehan
as Hildy Azoff
Bo Dietl
as Himself (Cameo)
Jon Spinogatti
as Nicholas the Butler
Aya Cash
as Janet (Jordan's Assistant)
Stephanie Kurtzuba
as Kimmie Belzer
J.C. MacKenzie
as Lucas Solomon
Ashlie Atkinson
as Rochelle Applebaum
Thomas Middleditch
as Stratton Broker in a Bowtie
Stephen Kunken
as Jerry Fogel
Edward Herrmann
as Voice of Stratton Oakmont Commercial
Jordan Belfort
as Auckland Book Line Host
Ted Griffin
as Agent Hughes
Fran Lebowitz
as Honorary Samantha Stogel
Robert Clohessy
as Nolan Drager (Jordan's Lawyer)
Natasha Newman-Thomas
as Danielle Harrison
Sandra Nelson
as Aliyah Farran (Forbes Reporter)
Johnnie Mae
as Violet (Housekeeper)
Christina Jeffs
as Venice (Dominatrix)
Sabina Maschi
as Swiss Flight Attendant #1
Zana Markelson
as Swiss Flight Attendant #2
Welker White
as Waitress
Danny Flaherty
as Zip (Lude Buying Teenager #1)
Dustin Kerns
as Ben Jenner
Ashley Blankenship
as Sales Assistant #1 (in Men's Room)
Kerry Malloy
as Helicopter Pilot
Frank Van Putten
as Swiss Banker
Aaron Lazar
as Blair Hollingsworth
Steve Routman
as SEC Attorney #1
Steve Witting
as SEC Attorney #2
Charley Morgan
as SEC Attorney #3
Michael Nathanson
as Barry Kleinman
Natalie Bensel
as Bottoms Up Hooker
Tess Gillis
as Blue Chip Hooker/Sales Assistant #2
Jaclyn M. Keys
as Nasdaq Hooker
Krista Ashworth
as Pink Sheet Hooker
Kathleen Fellegara
as Straight Line Testimonial #1
John Bernard Martin
as Straight Line Testimonial #2
Jamel Daniels
as Straight Line Testimonial #3
Dan Bittner
as Rothschild Broker #1
John Behlmann
as Rothschild Broker #2
Ward Horton
as Rothschild Broker #3
Bret Shuford
as Rothschild Broker #4
Paul Dion Monte
as Rothschild Broker #5
Ellen Sexton
as Rothschild Broker #6
Brian Tweedy
as Rothschild Broker #7
J.T. O'Connor
as Rothschild Broker #8
Steven Boyer
as Investor's Center Broker #1
Danny A. Abeckaser
as Investor's Center Broker #2
Tracy Friedman
as Investor's Center Broker #3
Matthew Rauch
as Stratton Broker #1
Michael Izquierdo
as Stratton Broker #2
Donnie Keshawarz
as Stratton Broker #3
Jonathan Tchaikovsky
as Stratton Broker #4
Aaron Glaser
as Stratton Broker #5
Ben Rameaka
as Stratton Broker #6
Ben Loving
as Stratton Broker #7
Sebastian Tillinger
as Another Broker
Chris Riggi
as Party Broker #1
Dan Hunter
as Party Broker #2
Meghan Rafferty
as Donnie's Assistant
Jose Ramon Rosario
as Maître d' Hector
Davram Stiefler
as Broker in Men's Room
Dan Daily
as Honorary Raymond Samitz
Ben Van Bergen
as Swiss Customs Officer #1
Matte Osian
as Swiss Customs Officer #2
Scott Nicholson
as Police Officer #1
Jeremy Bobb
as Police Officer #2
Dean Auer
as Brookville Police Officer #1
Tom Greer
as Brookville Police Officer #2
Sharon Jones
as Wedding Singer #1
Catherine Curtin
as FBI Agent #1
Victor Verhaeghe
as Audience Member #5
Louis Vanaria
as Rao's Patron #3
Lawrence Leighton Smith
as Extra Broker #1
Justin Anthony Long
as Job Applicant #2
Peter Youngblood Hills
as Audience Member #1
Michael Bryan French
as Inmate Playing Tennis #2
Paul Urcioli
as FBI Agent #2
Michael J. O'Hara
as Prison Guard
Ashley Springer
as Job Applicant #1
Zineb Oukach
as Hostess on the Naomi
Armen Garo
as Rao's Patron #1
Adria Baratta
as Sales Assistant #3
Daniel Hepner
as Audience Member #2
Deema Aitken
as Lude Buying Teenager #2
Gregory Perri
as Job Applicant #3
Brendan Griffin
as Audience Member #3
Starr Duncan
as Wedding Singer #2
Saundra Williams
as Wedding Singer #3
Shea Coleman
as Skylar Belfort (14 months old)
Giselle Eisenberg
as Skylar Belfort (4 years old)
Viki Boyle
as Wedding Minister
Chris Matsevac
as Break Dancing Broker #1
Justin Yllanes
as Break Dancing Broker #2
Jamie O'Connell
as FBI Agent #3
Garry Pastore
as Rao's Patron #2
Hardy Winburn
as Extra Broker #2
Allyson Carr
as Stripper on Yacht
Derek Milman
as Audience Member #4
Jared Houseman
as Audience Member #6
Lawrence Lau Kwok Cheong
as Inmate Playing Tennis #1
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Critic Reviews for The Wolf of Wall Street

All Critics (274) | Top Critics (52)

  • Is it immoral to celebrate villainy? There's not much point in pretending The Wolf of Wall Street doesn't do that, pretty exuberantly too.

    Jan 17, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The Wolf of Wall Street does not quite have the subtlety and richness of Scorsese's very best work, but what an incredibly exhilarating film: a deafening and sustained howl of depravity.

    Jan 16, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • DiCaprio has hinted before that comedy might be his natural calling -- think of Catch Me If You Can -- but his energy here is not just fun, it's discovery.

    Jan 9, 2014 | Full Review…
  • For three hours the movie operates at a ridiculous comedic pitch. You never forget you're at the circus. You never lose site of the lawlessness, the reckless pleasure, the sheer lunacy and lack of regulation.

    Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Scorsese unleashes a furious, yet exquisitely controlled, kinetic energy, complete with a plunging and soaring camera, mercurial and conspicuous special effects, counterfactual scenes, subjective fantasies, and swirling choreography on a grand scale.

    Dec 29, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The Wolf of Wall Street is a magnificent black comedy: fast, funny, and remarkably filthy.

    Dec 27, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wolf of Wall Street


Besides being somewhat funny (scattered laughs here and there), I immensely recommend it because it's also an inspirational movie about a highly inspirational figure!! (Yeah, go figure!) Don't miss this family movie that's worth every minute of its short runtime!!!

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


With this mordacious biopic full of nuances about a true Gordon Gekko disciple, Scorsese takes us into an incredible universe of overwhelming ambition, helped by a top-notch cast and making brilliant use of a hysterical humor to expose the ludicrousness of his despicable protagonist.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Jordan (Leonardo DiCaprio) does a great job playing a depraved stockbroker, but the movie went on and on. I didn't last beyond the first 3/4 hr.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

The greatest thing about this addictive, chaotic, machismo piece of beefcake movie magic, would have to be Scorsese's ability to slow down where it hurts, and show big moments in really long scenes. The life of Jordan Belfort is portrayed as a mélange of orgies, parties, business dealings, extortion, pure crime, and unabashed and unapologetic decadence. Even from the start of the film Belfort is unapologetic, which may be the true theme of the entire film. Though he feels neglectful of his family, irresponsible in his business dealings, and drug addled to the point of insanity, in the end he really feels unapologetic. Having a character like this is refreshing, since we haven't seen this level of criminality since Gordon Gekko. Not only is Belfort uncaring, but he traverses in a world of richness and depravity that we couldn't even handle. Scorsese takes his time, and creates big, beautiful set pieces, that take a lot of time and explain very little in terms of plot. These scenes are amazingly intricate and are some of the most memorable moments of the film. The entire sequence when Belfort (DiCaprio) is on lemons and has to make it home from the country club, could have been trimmed, but because Scorsese let it go on and on we got to appreciate the level of helplessness Belfort was going through. We saw his immaturity, his guilt, and his horror at the state of his life, and that can't be replicated in any one line of dialogue. The scene where they're speaking about the contract with the dwarves and how they should have been treated, could have been cut easily, but it shows how Belfort and his associates treated those they could buy, and led to one of the funniest moments in the film. This film is downright hilarious at many points, especially when dealing in character development. Jonah Hill deserved that Best Supporting Oscar nomination, because he not only handles diverse moments of dramatic tension, but he's laugh out loud hilarious. Donnie Azoff could not have been played by a funnier person, or a better actor, and every time he's onscreen it's another chance for us to see just how removed from reality these people really are. There's also a level of opulent violence that shifts underneath the surface that we don't always see, but we know it's there. While movies like "Scarface" put the prospect of violence in the forefront of your mind, "Wolf" builds its tension over time, until characters erupt. While Belfort may not be violent towards his wife throughout most of the film, he is emotionally abusive and their fights are temperamental. It makes that much more sense when things become physical. There were some excellent performances from many of the cast, especially DiCaprio in the lead role. While many of DiCaprio's roles kind of blend together for me, this was a truly unique, unequivocal performance. Belfort's brazen love for business, and building himself up to the highest level possible, is his undoing time and time again. He can't walk away, even when he's offered an out, only because of his pride. Even today Belfort makes his money easily, with a level of persuasion that can only be portrayed by DiCaprio. Hill is enigmatic and perfectly crazed as Azoff, Margot Robbie is a delight in her role as Belfort's second wife Naomi, Matthew McConaughey is just the right level of kooky misanthrope as Belfort's mentor in the beginning, Rob Reiner is perfect as Mad Max Belfort, a man who is always angry and always influenced by his son's schemes, and Kyle Chandler is a surprisingly entertaining choice for the FBI agent who takes Belfort down, commanding his time onscreen with a very complex and layered performance. This isn't exactly a love letter to the world of Wall Street, or even to the lives of the rich and famous. We as the audience don't want to see Belfort succeed or fail, we just want to see what he does next. Belfort's life is so chaotic and crazed that he seems unreal in such a huge sense. Between the legions of hookers, the drugs, the money, and the antics of his entire office, the film plays more like the exploits Caligula than the playboy world of a charlatan like Belfort. For many, they found no insight into the moral capacity of the character. Without morality critics decided that this was a hollow perspective intent on showing indulgence. I disagree heartily, and would argue that this is much more a character study than anything. There's solid humor to this film, there's a decent level of character development, and for what it's worth, there doesn't need to be a moral. Scorsese shows us that these men exist, and they are getting away with everything, to the point where they can brag about it. Scorsese doesn't want us aligning ourselves with the likes of Belfort, and he certainly isn't legitimizing the exploits of his company. He set out to make a "ferocious" film, and he did just that, creating a black comedy that shows what modern day indulgences look like, and how they are being employed by everyone and anyone who can get their hands on their version of the American Dream.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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