this list could also be titled 'The Pissbaby'
Every dream has a price.
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…
Maybe watching this back in the day would have made a greater impression, I think Gordon Gekko played by Michael Douglas is a great performance, and the green Bud Fox by Charlie Sheen fits in very nicely.
I don't get the Wall Street world and never will I guess, but I can see the glamor and money and esteem by the peers if you do it well. That is what this is all about, making money and thereby making a name for yourself. In such a competitive world, wouldn't all try to cheat just a little if they had the knowledge to it...
This is a good film, has a lot of content I can't understand, but the basics is alright, if Greed is Good, well if you don't get caught up in it or caught by doing something illegal to achieve it, yes then it might be worth it.
Oliver Stone doesn't have anything interesting or new to say about greed, but at least he says it in a fun, stylish way. And it has to be said: late 80s/early 90s Michael Douglas was a slick fucker.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Buddy’s three-point plan for his dad’s company: computers, advertising and expansion… wow the ‘80s were innocent.
Charlie Sheen fits this role way better than he ever did Platoon. Maybe it’s just easier to buy Sheen being seduced by money and power than actively volunteering for active duty, and that’s not a knock on Sheen. He felt way out of his element in that movie, which was the point but consequently lacked the payoff of any dramatic weight. Here, however, way more believable, though it’s Martin Sheen as Carl Fox that steals every scene. Sometimes without even a word.
Though John C. McGinley, always delightful.
It’s easy to say this is the original Wolf of Wall Street, but I’m not sure…
I have continued my ongoing Oliver Stone marathon with his next film, Wall Street. Bringing over his leading man from Platoon, Stone heads from Vietnam straight to the heart of 1980s economic-politics. It feels like Stone's most acute statement about the present. It is not one of his histories, but a precise film about America of his time. Of course, Michael Douglas's Gordon Gekko emerged as the cultural icon, in the time of Reagan and Thatcher, I cannot imagine anyone expected anything else.
As Britain seemingly turns the clock back to the 1980s, with a rampant, xenophobic, Conservative party in charge; with an unelectable, bereft of competence, Labour party sunning itself in the wilderness of its own idiotic righteousness, it…
Wall Street is the third Oliver Stone film I've watched in the last two months and what strikes me is Stone's interest in not necessarily making the best film on a subject, but being the first to make a fictional film on a subject.
I think about Wall Street in the same grouping with films like Platoon, World Trade Center, or W. So often, it feels like Stone's topics are almost too fresh to be given justice (especially the case with a film like World Trade Center, at the time), and it's just Stone trying to reach the finish line without thinking about how he got there.
I say that because Wall Street feels like a film that Stone tried…
finance is really boring and confusing to me so all i really gathered from this was that yuppies are hot
a good drama about what happens on wall street the good and the bad. Douglous is great has Gordon Gekko. i still prefer wolf of wall street.
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.
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