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Wall Street

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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.

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On the Wall Street of the 1980s, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) 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 (Michael Douglas), 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 (Martin Sheen). Faced with this dilemma, Fox questions his loyalties.

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  • Apr 06, 2013
    "Greed is good." Oliver Stone's hard hitting drama Wall Street is a smart and compelling film about corporate America. The story follows a broker who gets a chance to work for leading Wall Street investor Gordon Gekko, but in order to keep his job he resorts to insider trading. The cast is led by Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, and Daryl Hannah, but it's Douglas's performance that steals the show. Some of the writing's pretty good, but the plot gets confusing at times. Still, Stone's directing is quite effective at capturing the volatility and erratic nature of the stock market, and its effects. Wall Street is a provocative thriller, but there's some weak storytelling.
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  • Dec 24, 2012
    The ultimate eighties movie that serves as a reminder of the potential abuses of capitalism and how the draw of profit brings out the worst in humanity.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    The dialogue is sometimes hard to follow, but the film perseveres through it. Douglas is great in his role.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2011
    With Michael Douglas in a superb and unforgettable performance as the voracious shark Gordon Gekko, this is an excellent film that relies on an elegant dialogue to tell us a fascinating story about man's greedy desire to score more and more in the stock market game of power.
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