Wall Street

1987

Wall Street (1987)

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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.

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"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, Rovi

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Cast

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
Paul Guilfoyle (II)
as Stone Livingston
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
William Hubbard Knight
as Duncan Wilmore
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Critic Reviews for Wall Street

All Critics (51) | 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.

Sep 18, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 18, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

Dramatically inept, the film also muddles its naïve moralising.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 2.5/5

With its posturing politics and cardboard characterizations, Wall Street is not up to [Oliver Stone's] past standards.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

In Wall Street...you will see the evil, capitalistic impulses of man. Towards the end, you will see the self-righteous impulses of liberal finger-waggers. It's hard to tell which is worse.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wall Street

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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
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
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

½

Seeing this movie, I feel kind of ripped off knowing going in that Gordon Gecko was the villain. I think figuring that out for myself might have been a pleasure unto itself, but I can't get too angry. This movie on the whole is engaging from beginning to end, and despite its running time, I was never bored. I think it IS a little too long though. Apart from that, I can find few complaints. It's a great Paradise Lost-type story of the seduction, corruption and redemption of a young man, all placed within 1988 Wall Street. Ingenious, really, in the way it places the story in a very timely and specific spot, but plays as well now as ever it did. I don't think I've ever seen a villain as slimy, slick, glib, gleeful and playful as Gordon Gekko. I don't think he ever actually calls his protege by his name; it's always "Buddy" or "Sport" or "Pal", making the dissonance between his chumminess and his callousness even more jarring. He's fascinating; motivated by an arbitrary goal to do callous things for his own... amusement? He loves his job, and though he'll tell you that he's all about the Benjamins, I think he's really all about the power. I wonder if he'd do what he does even if he weren't getting paid. Douglas deserved his award, without question. I also loved the juxtaposition between Gekko and Carl Fox, Bud's father. It must be seen to be believed.

Emily Armstrong
Emily Armstrong

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