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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…
An absorbing drama from director Oliver Stone.
I loved this film. At first I thought seeing Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen together would just be the usual affair, but what they do together in this as father and son is just incredible.
In terms of technical jargon, I have never been good at understanding economics. I didn't understand a thing for what the people were talking about half the time. But it still managed to be interesting in this film, because there was an underlying story that managed to hold the interest. And along with that, there are some great quotes, my personal favourite being "If this guy owned a funeral parlour noone would die!". I do not understand the other reviews for this. 'Dated' due to…
Loved the characters and the script BUT ... the rest of the movie is seriously dated (the music , camerawork ,etc(the technical stuff)) . Still the portrait of the young stock broker being influenced by 2 completely different people is really interesting.
For my taste 2nd Stone best
Reputation precedes “Wall Street”. One who has never seen the film would be able to trace the plot points about 15 minutes ahead of the movie without much difficulty, but perhaps that’s just because of how engrained the story is in American cinematic culture. A story about greed, it would be easy to say that the film indulges in itself, but there’s a surprising economy to it all. Charlie Sheen is surprisingly wooden, giving his best Jack Nicholson impression, but Michael Douglas is great. While “Wall Street” is required viewing and technically strong, it’s not a large surprise in any way.
I like the 80's vibe and the message about actually producing something.
Certainly one of the defining films of the 80's and aside from Gordon Gekko it's not all that memorable but it does have some great dialogue here and there and the soundtrack is funky.
Besides Douglas' great acting, the feeling of passion about a context surrounded by the lack of compassion on nonobjective facts and the sense of greed that his character transmits is admirable. In a general point of view, the movie lacks good actings and photography, but overcompensates in a plot that you can connect with.
Greed is good... no greed is GREAT!!! Easily Oliver Stone's best film, and one that stands the test of time. Even with that big stupid cell phones and monochrome computer monitors it tells a timeless tale of right vs. wrong.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…