Wall Street


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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"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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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 Staff

    Top Critic
  • Dramatically inept, the film also muddles its naïve moralising.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    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

  • 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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