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Director Oliver Stone's drama exposing the lives of the inside traders of Wall Street during the 1980s. Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is a young broker who aspires to higher things. He tips off his idol, the ruthless Gordon Gekko (an Oscar-winning Michael Douglas), about an airline deal, which his father had informed him of in strict confidence. With Gekko's help Bud achieves the promotion he so desperately wanted, but has he sold his soul in the process?
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.comSee all Product description
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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.
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.
and it toys with morality in a sort of adult children with fangs way, who choose greed, and power over fairness, and decency...
But it's never all bad.
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