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Wall Street [Blu-ray] [US Import]
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In Wall Street Michael Douglas perfectly embodies the Reagan-era credo that "greed is good" and won an Oscar for his efforts. As a Donald Trump-like Wall Street raider aptly named Gordon Gecko (for his reptilian ability to attack corporate targets and swallow them whole), Douglas found a role tailor-made to his skill in portraying heartless men who've sacrificed humanity to power. He's a slick, seductive role model for the young ambitious Wall Street broker played by Charlie Sheen, who falls into Gecko's sphere of influence and instantly succumbs to the allure of risky deals and generous payoffs. With such perks as a high-rise apartment and women who love men for their money, Charlie's like a worm on Gecko's hook, blind to the corporate manoeuvring that puts him at odds with his own father (played by Sheen's off-screen father, Martin). With his usual lack of subtlety, writer-director Oliver Stone drew from the brokering experience of his own father to tell this Faustian tale for the "me" decade but the film's sledgehammer style is undeniably effective. A cautionary warning that Stone delivers on highly entertaining terms, Wall Street grabs your attention while questioning the corrupted values of a system that worships profit at the cost of one's soul. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to the DVD edition.
Oliver Stone opened fire on the greed decade of the 1980s with this morality tale set on Wall Street. The film stars Charlie Sheen as Bud Fox, an ambitious rookie stockbroker from a blue-collar background who is magnetised by Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), a Mephistophelean superbroker who specialises in corporate takeovers. Despite his initial resistance to Bud's entreaties, Gekko finally takes on the eager beaver as his protege, schooling him in the kind of slash-and-burn maneuvers that have taken him to the top. This style is far more attractive to Bud than the more prosaic but principled approach to investing preached by veteran Lou Mannheim (Hal Holbrook). And, at first, it's impossible to dispute his preference; as Bud's life moves into the fast lane, he quickly acquires an upscale apartment and girlfiend, interior designer Darien (Darryl Hannah). But when Gekko demands that Bud not only break the law but directly undermine his union leader father, Carl (Martin Sheen), and jeopardise the jobs and lives of his friends and family, he realises that the cost of success might be more than he's willing to pay. Wall Street is a riveting, testosterone-fueled tour of the Street's upper echelons, featuring standout performances by Douglas and Martin Sheen.
• Greed is good (56:34)
• Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Director Oliver Stone (22:35)
• Money never sleeps--the making of Wall Street (47:00) --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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The film doesn't have a great deal of colour, the office interior is largely made up of greys, whites and browns, as are most of the costumes that the characters wear. There's some nice establishing shots of New York in the early morning as Charlie Sheen's character makes his way to work. The film is very heavy on dialogue and the plot is generally easy enough to follow, the environment the traders work in is fast and energetic.The film explores nicely the dynamics of father/son relationships. Sheen's character finds himself under the influence of Michael Dogulas's character a slick, powerful entrepreneur who takes him under his wing. This corrupting influence is presented in stark contrast with his actual father an old fashioned union rep with a deep distrust of rich businessmen and a strong thread of decency and principle in his body.
All I can say is, this is worth watching now bearing recent events in mind.......
Wall Street 2? Missed a trick there. Truth stranger than fiction.
In a few years we will see how the world looks in real life after Gekko is elected as President
The only winner in this drama, is the government. Which makes Oliver Stone, a more skilful minister of propaganda, than Joseph Goebels or Vyacheslav Molotov. A master eiron, given Oliver Stone's (self-propagated, for the most part) popular image as a warrior against big and interventionist government. So, where did it all go wrong? Well . . . It all went wrong at the time when Bud Fox chose to back the losing side. Instead of negotiating a better cut of the action with Gordon Gecko, over his change of mind about Blue Star Airlines, Bud Fox chose to double-cross Gordon Gecko. If Bud Fox had chosen more wisely, he could have walked away with millions, given his father a million or two, which his father, directly or indirectly, could have used to help out his buddies while they looked for other work. But by not doing this, the Blue Star Airline workers were still out of job; Gordon Gecko and Bud Fox went to jail; the inherited wealth had fewer alternatives to make money, by doing nothing; and the government won.
To be fair, though, and as an irony in itself: If Oliver Stone had wanted to make Wall Street as this kind of a more rational movie, it would probably have net with a very cool reception, at the US box office. Then again, the true auteur has a higher calling, than the US box office.
Telling the tale of Budd Fox (Charlie Sheen), a young upstart, heavily in debt with stars in his eyes, the story starts off smoothly. Desperate to get in with the big hitters, he soon finds himself getting into highly dodgey business with Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas).
Charlie Sheen turns in the finest performance of his career and really brings out the pathos in the naive and young Budd Fox, trapped in the dark business that is sales. Before he knows it, he has become exactly what he set out to be, with all the baggage attatched. Douglas is also fantastic as the inspirational and ultimately repulsive Gekko, and the list of lackies and struggling salesmen as the scum and losers of this morality tale deliver with panache. How far would you go? How much is too much?
Oliver Stone has earned his reputation as a controversial film maker; from the violence of war in Platoon to spurious conspiracy claims in JFK, and Wall Street is no exception. Some call it anti capitalist or plain Marxist, I don't. For me, I look at the ending and see the consequences of dishonesty. Stone brings about a negative twist to the world which I have seen with my own eyes. No one ever said it was perfect, and those who say it is all bad are just plain wrong. And no film ever showed that better than Wall Street.
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