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4.0 out of 5 stars Greed IS Good
This film has captured so many viewers in the 80's more so for the brilliant acting. Michael Douglas plays his role to the T. Charlie Sheen plays Buddy, who is young and eager to learn to be stock brokers. Martin Sheen who plays Charlie's real father was so amazing that you can tell they were not acting. You can see they had to get some tension off their chests.
Published on Nov. 14 2007 by Rassool Auckbaraullee

3.0 out of 5 stars 6 out of 10
Fair film. Mundane in many aspects. A lot of times, it's been a bore. Plot too narrow to make heads or tails of it. Characters come in the movie, then about all of them disappear. Seems not too absorbing. Some weak acting, especially in Daryl Hannah. Michael Douglas played very well, but Oscar for his role, I am not too sure this was worthy. Charlie Sheen was fair. This...
Published on June 18 2003 by Mr. Math Expert

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4.0 out of 5 stars Greed IS Good, Nov. 14 2007
This review is from: Wall Street [2-Disc 20th Anniversary Edition - Widescreen] (Bilingual) (DVD)
This film has captured so many viewers in the 80's more so for the brilliant acting. Michael Douglas plays his role to the T. Charlie Sheen plays Buddy, who is young and eager to learn to be stock brokers. Martin Sheen who plays Charlie's real father was so amazing that you can tell they were not acting. You can see they had to get some tension off their chests.
The special features were also great I have been waitng for this special edition for some time now, and to know now that Oliver Stone made a movie about his father who was a Wall Street broker is cool. There are so many great lines in the film that stock brokers started to imitate all over the world based on this film. Not so suprising because it was written by Oliver who is truly gifted, remember SCARFACE. Another interesting note is many brokers today say this film inspired them to become stock brokers.... Truly one of Oliver Stones greatest films.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greed is good, but the Blu-ray presentation isn't, March 31 2012
Steven Aldersley (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Wall Street [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
It must be interesting to work in the financial world, but it's certainly not a topic that attracts the attention of most moviegoers. Whenever we see stockbrokers depicted on the screen, it appears to be utter chaos. Screens show numbers, people shout and make frantic phone calls, and we discern from their reactions whether they made money or not.

Wall Street overcomes some of the limitations of the subject matter by giving us well-acted characters that we care about. Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) begins the story as a struggling broker who hopes to one day make a phone call that will change his life. Most of his potential clients aren't in a position to do that, but one is.

Gordon Gekko (Douglas) doesn't waste a second of his time when he's working, and he's usually working. After calling for 59 days straight, Bud delivers a box of Cuban cigars on Gekko's birthday and is given five minutes to convince him that he can help the man make money. He doesn't really hold Gekko's attention, but uses a desperate ploy before he is thrown out. Bud's father, Carl (Martin Sheen), works for Bluestar Airlines and has given Bud information about the company which will result in the price of the stock rising. Gekko decides to take a chance and Bud is hired.

It soon becomes clear to Gekko that Bud had inside information. He tells him that he doesn't like to lose and he'll need similar information in the future if he's to keep him around. Bud has a decision to make. Does he try to work ethically and within the law, or take a chance and do what Gekko asks? This is a story of greed and corruption and we see Bud take the latter option. He follows around another investor in an attempt to find out what company the man might be trying to buy. The information is useful to Gekko and he makes a fortune.

Bud's life will never be the same. He's finally on a path that will result in him becoming a major player. He begins spending money on a new apartment and artwork which reflects his success. He also starts a relationship with a woman who would normally have been beyond his reach. We see what money and success can do to a person. Previous relationships are harmed or completely abandoned. His father is an ethical man and is particularly hurt by Bud's actions. Despite warnings from some of his colleagues, Bud ruthlessly pursues success.

Will Bud achieve his dream and stay one step ahead of the law? Can he continue to provide Gekko with enough relevant information? Will he prove his father and work colleagues wrong?

Charlie Sheen is convincing as Bud, but the real highlight of the film is the Oscar-winning performance from Michael Douglas. He exudes power and gives the impression that he doesn't tolerate failure in any form. He's a brilliant public speaker and easily wins the support of companies he's taking over, even if he means to destroy them.

It's very strange seeing images of the twin towers in older films and it's a little sobering to see them here. There are a few other things which date the film and the funniest change has to be the differences in technology. Take a look at the computer screens without laughing or at cell phones the size of a brick.

I always take note when a film holds my interest with subject matter that I usually find boring. Wall Street is one such film and it's a gripping drama.

The Blu-ray presentation is disappointing to say the least. The picture quality is barely adequate and some of the longer shots look like an upconverted DVD. You can normally count on Fox, so maybe it's the fault of the source material?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great film--better representation, Jan. 21 2008
Wall Street:once run during a famous,successful,and even beloved era in history:the Reagan era. An intruiging setting that has a lot to be offered for on camera.

And,in "Wall Street",that setting is offered to the fullest. The main character of "Wall Street",Bud Fox(Charlie Sheen)has seen some rough patches in his own life. Yet,at the same time,he is a successful broker. Whether it's Bud Fox creating his own success--or building it off of someone or something else--without a doubt--Fox is one of the most talented and influential brokers on Wall Street.

And then,before Bud Fox knows it,his luck takes a spin around the corner. This is when Bud Fox finds his new client to be a man named Gordon Gekko(Michael Douglas,in an Academy Award winning role passed up by both Richard Gere and Warren Beatty). Who is Gordon Gekko? Gordon Gekko is a coprorate raider,his career being summed up by two words:high rolling. And with Bud Fox having Gordon Gekko as his new client,he is destined to complete his climb to the top, The hope of saving the airline of his father(Martin Sheen)is now more possible.

However,not only is Bud Fox is a young broker,he is recent to the business. At the same time,Gordon Gekko is more invisible than people are aware of. And once Bud Fox has caught on to everything,his luck will befriend his past.

"Wall Street" is quite an intruiging film. The plot of "Wall Street" does a good job at tying and combining fiction and nonfiction together,in one entire film. From this,viewers get the entertainment and supsense that they want and would get out of any Oliver Stone film. Everthing moves along suspensefully,curiously,and entertaingly. The comprehensive acting brings everything to life. Viewers are shown the real Wall Street on a platter--getting to see what it is like,the reality of what being there is like paying respect to itself but giving the elements and the viewers plenty of space. How Wall Street specifically worked in the 80's sits right here,alongside the basic and crucial elements of the plot and screenplay. The only real souvenirs may be the New York cinematography and the outdated 80's technology that is to be found and used throughout the film. Yet,that doesn't matter. What matters is that "Wall Street" brings out everything that it is asked of:1)every element of any film being brought out and used appropriately and successfully,2)depicting what Wall Street is like,and 3)giving viewers an up close and personal look at how Wall Street worked during the Reagan administration. Add all of that together,and with "Wall Street",you have a top notch film.

As you have already noticed,this,right here,is the 20th Anniversary Edition of "Wall Street". Fortunately,this DVD lives up to its title. There are several wortwhile bonus feautures here:an introduction by Oliver Stone(this finds Stone discussing "Wall Street" and giving brief insight into it,sharing the meaning that it has to him),the documentary "Greed is Good"(a look at both the making of "Wall Street" and Wall Street itself,along with documentation of how the reality of Wall Street was tied in with this film and interviews/insight with/from Oliver Stone,Michael Douglas,Charlie Sheen,John C. McGinley,and several Wall Street brokers/workers),deleted scenes(about twenty,along with outtakes of the scenes and an optional commentary by Oliver Stone),and "Money Never Sleeps-The Making of Wall Stret"(pretty much the same thing as the "Greed is Good" documentary,more focused on the film than Wall Street itself). Add all of that together with Oliver Stone's commentary on disc one(the same one to be found on the original DVD,the only exception being the fact that it is extended)and a booklet that lists the "biography" of the making of "Wall Street",and you've got some good candy for a great film that is a representation of a riveting period in history.

Overall,if you have an interest with the way that Wall Street works and its whole overview,or with the films of Oliver Stone,you have come to the right place. Sit back,relax,and enjoy a great film with its deserved recognition supplementing it in the same place.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Movies of the 1980's, July 15 2004
This review is from: Wall Street (Widescreen) (DVD)
Oliver Stone will never be known for subtlety. "Wall Street" bashes you over the head with its message- getting to the top in society requires duplicity, dishonesty, and the willingness to destroy any obstacle. However, unlike Ayn Rand, Stone vilifies rather than lauds this dubious morality. Bud Fox is a fresh faced, innocent stock broker trying to get ahead through hard work and elbow grease, as he was taught by his father. Bud soon meets powerful, charismatic corporate raider Gordon Gekko, incapable of love, remorse, or empathy. Gekko, we are told, sold NASA short 15 minutes after the Challenger exploded (impossible since the shuttle was destroyed in 1986 and the film is set in 1985!). Gekko predictably seduces Bud with his world of "perks", and Bud's star rises dramatically the farther he falls into corruption.
Throughout the film, Bud serves as a sounding board for the rival values of Gekko and his father. The speech most cited by critics and fans is the immortal "Greed is Good" monologue. While this speech, standing alone, is a vigorous defense of capitalism and selfishness, it is important to note that Gekko is using it at a shareholders' meeting against a lousy, entrenched, and greedy management!
Inevitably, Bud is forced to decide whether to follow his father's philosophy or Gekko's, and to pay the price for his misdeeds. A slight complaint with the ending- the fate of Gekko is hinted at rather than displayed. Gordon Gekko has become something of a hero for young, wanna-be big shots, who are attracted to the glamour of his lifestyle and his "up your's, I got mine!" attitude much as Bud was. Perhaps seeing Gekko get his comeuppance could have made an impression.
Overall, Wall Street is a tight, well done character drama populated with iconic characters delivering iconic dialogue that acts as an indictment of a decade. The movie and its message will stay with you long after viewing it.
As for the DVD, the sound, although in 5.1, is relegated almost exclusively to the center channel. One does not hear the sounds of Manhattan from all directions as Bud navigates the concrete jungle. The video quality appears grainy in some areas. This is a great movie worthy of better treatment on DVD.
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This review is from: Wall Street (Widescreen) (DVD)
In 1987 OLIVER STONE again starred Charlie Sheen, this time as Bud Fox, along with Martin Sheen and Michael Douglas, in "Wall Street". Stone, like Coppola's "Patton", tapped into a part of America he really wanted to discredit, but instead glorified. Based on the go-go stock markets of the Reagan '80s, it is loosely based on inside arbitrageurs and junk bond kings like Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken. Fox/Sheen is an idealistic, ambitious young stockbroker, his father is his conscience, and Douglas as Gordon Gekko is pure tantalizing temptation. Fox must violate SEC laws and get inside information in order to do business with the "big elephant" Gekko. Gekko's star fades when a big deal-gone-bad has personal ramifications, and Fox turns a dime on him. The film is supposed to show that America is a greedy place that "produces nothing" in a "zero sum game" in which the rich only make money on the backs of the poor. Gekko's (Stone's) statements about economics are pure, unadulterated economic lies shown to be lies simply by...observing factual things. Where Stone may have had second thoughts was the reaction the film got. As the years went by, he and others were approached countless times by Young Republicans and Wall Street execs who told him the depiction of the exciting world of finance led them into that very career, which they thanked him for! Stone had hoped to create an egalitarian class. Instead, he created a decade full of Gordon Gekkos. They in turn fueled the dot-com boom. It was not unlike the Democrats who hoped to expose Oliver North and the Republicans in the Iran-Contra "scandal," only to discover that millions thought Ollie and his White House pals were doing God's work in fighting Communism.
Res ipsa loquiter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greed, for lack of a better good, May 10 2004
K. Gittins (CA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Wall Street (Widescreen) (DVD)
The above is part of the long speech that actor Michael Douglas gives as Wall Street power-player Gordon Gekko. Contrary to Amazon's reviewer, this role was NOT tailor-made for Douglas, who in fact came out of a long string of TV-and-movie roles as the somewhat light and romantic type. He initially struggled in the role that would ultimately win him the Oscar.
Charlie Sheen plays Bud Fox, an aspiring power-player wannbee, who eventually gets to work for Gekko. Ultimately it leads to the take-over and subsequent downfall of the company that Bud's father, played by Martin Sheen, works for. It all comes crashing down around Bud, but he is determined to take Gekko down with him. Does he succeed? Financially, yes, but legally or morally, it is ambiguous.
Other notables include Darryl Hannah, Terence Stamp, Hal Holbrook, John C. McGinley, and James Spader.
As in all Stone films, there is a lot of power and depth. The DVD has a good "making of" documentary, and Oliver Stone's commentary about the film and his own father's real life occupation as a Wall Street broker.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Are We Waching the Same Movie?, April 8 2004
This review is from: Wall Street (Widescreen) (DVD)
When people think of "Wall Street" they think about the classic line "Greed, for lack of better word... is good," and they remember a pretty good movie. I'm here to tell you that it wasn't. Instead of making am movie about the exciting and dramatic Wall Street world in the 80's, Oliver Stone shamelessly makes a flat movie about a criminal.
The only reason why I give this movie two stars it contains some of the great "all time" movie lines including:
"Money's only something you need in case you don't die tomorrow."
"You're walking around blind without a cane, pal. A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place."
But as a whole, I find the movie to be a cheap attack on capitalism. The truth of the matter is that the real life stories of M&A and corporate takeovers were exciting enough. Stone had no reason to louse up a good concept with a convoluted plot about that includes every financial headline of the 1980's (insider trading, offshore banking, junk bonds, and corporate takeovers). If you are interested an exciting and engaging account of Wall Street in the 80's, read Michael Lewis classic LIAR'S POKER.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great film for Yuppie wannabees., Feb. 29 2004
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This review is from: Wall Street (Widescreen) (DVD)
I saw this film back in college, late 80's early 90's, when I was more young and impressionable. I was a business major setting my sights on the world of Corporate America. (such arrogance!!!) I was gonna wear $1000 suits and having lunch with the CEO in these plush executive boardrooms and making a million. I was highley impressed by Gekkos speech about greed. We used to recite it in our business classes. We would listen with bated breath to our professors about financial reports and 10K's. What naivete.
Then the market crashed, 1987. And subsequently the early 90's recession. I learned that my college degree wasn't even worth the paper it was printed on. My business schooling couldn't even get me a cup of coffee. I recently watched the film again. Everytime I hear that Talking Heads song I'm reminded of this film. The movie looks a bit dated (the power ties and mousse hair). It is just too 80's-ish. To imagine I wanted to be like that, yuck. If you really want to see what corporate america is really like, watch Roger & Me by Michael Moore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Picture by Michael Douglas, Feb. 14 2004
This review is from: Wall Street (Widescreen) (DVD)
If you have not seen this movie buy the DVD. Just a great movie/DVD.
One of the top 5 (best) films ever made. In my opinion it is the best career performance by Michael Douglas with a number of powerful scenes as the multi-millionaire business investor ' Gordon Gekko. Gekko is a dynamic wall street financier working inside and outside the law. He turns the head of Charlie Sheen who is exceptionally good - being convincing, likeable and sympathetic as a young and up and coming stock broker. He is being 'mentored' by Gekko. The movie is very well supported by Charlie's father Martin Sheen, playing his father in the movie - as an aircraft mechanic that tries to keep his son grounded to reality. Also featured are Daryl Hannah - Charlie's (Bud Fox) on screen romance, along with Hal Holbrook and Terence Stamp in the trading rooms. Just a fascinating movie about Wall Street in the go go 1980's and the insider trading scandals.
Every collection should include this exceptional work.
5 stars but deserves about 8.
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This review is from: Wall Street (Widescreen) (DVD)
In "Wall Street" everything moves around the money. The main motivation of Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) and Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is getting as much money as they can, no limits, no boundaries. Director Oliver Stone managed to capture on-screen the '80s decade perfectly.
"Wall Street" is a very good movie thanks to the script, the direction, the dialogues, and above all the performances of the lead actors Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen, all of them gave an outstanding performance, specially Michael Douglas in the role that got him an Academy Award.
As usual, Oliver Stone created a very personal movie, he co-wrote the screenplay and dedicated the story to his father, a former stockholder. But Stone didn't exclude the audience because the movie presents the fascinating and complex world in Wall Street, and also the movie shows very human feelings such as the ambition, the greed, the envy, the revenge and the personal integrity.
The DVD doesn't include a lot of extra material, but the features that does include are quite good: an audio commentary by Oliver Stone, very valuable, of course, theatrical trailers and a very interesting "Making Of Wall Street" documentary, with interviews and commentaries by the cast and the production crew of the movie. "Wall Street" is a very interesting and entertaining movie, very recommendable.
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