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A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider whom takes the youth under his wing.
Oh, my, this is dated. It seems the 80's will do that to a film.
I didn't expect to be blown away but I usually find Stone to be a solid director and I like Michael Douglas. Charlie Sheen is not really a good actor but I enjoyed him in Platoon so I figured maybe Stone knew how to get something worthwhile out of him. Not the case. He's pretty bad, something that is especially notable when he interacts with his father, the great Martin Sheen. He's nowhere near as bad as Daryl Hannah, though. She is terrible. Every single scene she was in she bothered me.
From a visual standpoint it's an ugly film. The cinematography is messy and unspectacular. Really the whole ordeal is beyond forgettable. The only things to enjoy is Douglas who is solid and Martin Sheen who is of course very good.
"The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good."- Gordon Gekko
Before Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street there was Oliver Stone's Wall Street. Both films focus on an up-and-coming stockbroker who gets involved in screwing people out of money and getting rich in the process. I'd take Scorsese's film over this one any day, but this one is still quite good.
First of all I'd like to admit that much of the talk about stocks and such went right over my head. That probably took away from my overall enjoyment of the film a bit. Charlie Sheen is decent in the lead role, but after watching the film I found out…
GREED , for the lack of a better word is good .
Greed works .
Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.
Greed is beautiful .
Greed is sexy !
I wanna marry Greed !
Oh I'm so horny right now !
TO THE FAP CAVE !
AND BY THAT I MEAN MY GORGEOUS LIMO AND YOU'RE NOT INVITED !
Douglas , his character and charm is so interesting you almost forget you have no idea what's happening for the rest of the movie . It's just hard to care .
Honorable mention : Charlie Sheen's good-hearted daddy .
Led by two fine performances from Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen, and strong direction from Oliver Stone, "Wall Street" is an engaging, entertaining, and captivating crime drama.
There are multiple scenes in this where character A lectures character B, generally in very broad strokes on money and the stock market. When Lumet does something similar in Network a fundamental necessity for these types of scenes to work is always fulfilled, the character being lectured to is uninformed, ignorant. Oliver Stone, in his desperation to tell everyone just what he thinks of wall street brokers forgets this first step, and so you end up with totally unnatural pieces of dialogue that may have sounded neat in Stone's head but contextually make little to no sense, as Bud Fox is frequently subjected to Gekko's increasingly obvious platitudes on the very basics of the job he is clearly quite adept…
Michael Douglas is really, really great in "Wall Street." His performance is exciting, slimy, charismatic and overflowing with energy. While I can't necessarily say he deserved his Oscar win, largely because I haven't seen all the nominees from that year, the fact that he won is unsurprising. He's excellent.
It's too bad that every other performance- from a leading actor or someone with only one line- is godawful.
I had the same problem here with Charlie Sheen that I did with Charlie Sheen in "Platoon"- he just lacks screen presence. He seems so bored and uninterested in every scene, and he can't hold his own during the film's dramatic moments. One particularly demanding scene- which requires a major emotional reaction…
Stone makes a pretty good movie about "greed", but he didn't give it away for free - it made an adjusted gross of around $100 million, and, if these figures on the interweb are to be believed, tripled someone's money. Hopefully he picked up a decent bonus. Running time unfortunately is excessive; if he had just removed everything except the famous Michael Douglas speech and a Talking Heads song, this would have been a somewhat short but satisfying masterpiece.
Interesting to see Stone hasn't always been a hack.
MONEY NEVER SLEEP.............!!
Bud Fox: Sun-tzu: If your enemy is superior, evade him. If angry, irritate him. If equally matched, fight, and if not split and reevaluate.
Gordon Gekko: If you need a friend, get a dog.
Gordon Gekko: What's worth doing is worth doing for money.
I have to say it, this is what The Wolf of Wall Street could and should have been. A compelling look at the temptations and pitfalls of corporate capitalism in the big city. Charlie Sheen plays Bud Fox, our main protagonist who has just one goal, to get to the top of the totem pole. He meets Gordan Gekko, portrayed brilliantly by Micheal Douglas, a big fish on Wall Street who Bud quickly works out can help him get unfathomably rich. We also have Martin Sheen playing Bud's Dad Carl, a sweet touch to have him play both on screen and real life father to Sheen I thought. The story is one of greed, lust, betrayal and eventually, justice set…
Dialogue often clunky, themes often hamhanded. Pretty good mostly. Great score, but that's what happens when you use Byrne and Eno music.
Muy buena, un poco predecible, pero muy buena y esta Michael Douglas, ya gano.
How many boats can you ski behind?
I was very into the aesthetic and the supporting cast. The plot itself was very underwhelming, the main character wasn't particularly interesting or sympathetic. Also Charlie Sheen is a really bad actor I would probably give this at least another half star if there had been a better lead.
who decided lollipops = cool?
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