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Wall Street (1987)

Michael Douglas , Charlie Sheen  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2000
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXDB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,520 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wall Street" on IMDb

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  • "Making Of" documentary

Editorial Reviews

In this riveting, behind-the-scenes look at big business in the 1980's, an ambitious young broker (Charlie Sheen) is lured into the illegal, lucrative world of corporate espionage when he is seduced by the power, status and financial wizardry of Wall Street legend Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas). But he soon discovers that the pursuit of overnight riches comes at a price that's too high to pay.

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103 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New extras worth double dipping September 14, 2007
By Cubist
Format:DVD
When Oliver Stone made Wall Street, he was riding high from the commercial and critical success of Platoon (Special Edition). His father, Lou Stone, had been a stockbroker on Wall Street in New York City and this film was a son's way of paying tribute to his father. Almost twenty years later, it has become one of the quintessential snapshots of the financial scene in the United States and epitomizes the essence of capitalism, greed and materialism that was so prevalent in the 1980s.

Michael Douglas owns the role of Gekko and by extension dominates the movie with his larger than life character. He gets most of the film's best dialogue and delivers it with such conviction. There is a scene between Bud and Gekko in a limousine where he tells the younger man how the financial world works, how it operates and lays it all out, pushing Bud hard to go into business with him. It is one of the strongest scenes in the movie because you really believe what Gekko is saying and how Bud could be seduced by his words.

The culmination of Douglas' performance is his much lauded, often quoted, "Greed is good" speech that his character gives to a shareholders' meeting of Teldar Paper, a company he is planning to take over. He concludes by saying, "Greed is right; greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms, greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge -- has marked the upward surge of mankind and greed, you mark my words -- will save not only Teldar Paper but that other malfunctioning corporation called the U.S.A.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie that helped to end the Cold war March 19, 2005
Format:DVD
To watch this movie in Moscow in 1988 as a student was a liberating and exhilarating experience. Here is the capitalism close-up, warts and all. And we loved it. In three more years the Soviet communism will be dismantled, free market hurriedly introduced, and some of my friends and fellow students will proceed to become very rich people themselves. I did not know then, that Gordon Gekko, a villain who incidentally was much admired by me, was a thinly veiled portrait of Ivan Boesky. Boesky, who incidentally was a son of Russian immigrants, became a center of the biggest insider trading scandal and government investigation in the 1980s, which let to the collapse of junk bond powerhouse firm Drexel Burnham. However, I knew that Gekko must be much more than a villain, otherwise how this ugly character could be so attractive? Of course, a huge part of it was a superb acting by Michael Douglas. But watching this film now, 17 years later, gave me an opportunity to ponder more on the subject from a different perspective. I think now that Gekko's character is archetypal and has the same qualities as Bulgakov's Woland from `Master and Margarita'. He is the Wall Street Mephistopheles, the Grand seducer, not just some greedy upstart and `faux bonhomme'. But one of the qualities of Lucifer is that he `brings out the light', he helps to illuminate things, partly because of his own darkness. Untimely, in the movie it was his turbulent encounter with Gekko, which helped Bud Fox to find his character and, in a way, redeem himself. So in some strange way, the movie is a Wall-Street-version of age-old story of Faust.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
2 Disc Set - Insider Trading Edition, released September 7, 2010

Wallstreet was made in 1987 by writer and director Oliver Stone and starring Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Darryl Hannah, and John C. McGinley. A young stockbroker after months of persistence finally bags the big fish, Gordon Gekko, a man whose presence and lifestyle he idolizes. He shuns his blue collar background in pursuit of greed and impatiently engages in illegal insider trading.

I first watched this movie after a book called "Now Showing" claimed it to be one of the best 25 movies....ever, I guess. I must say, all in all, it was a good movie. I actually really liked Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen's work in it and I believed their relationship. The pull of an actual father and son relationship really added to the authenticity of the roles. I finally got to see Michael Douglas just the way I like him -- being a bad guy, someone getting the best of him, and not seducing women.

Michael Douglas plays a big Wallstreet player who has money falling out of his eyeballs and is idolized by Charlie Sheen's Bud Fox. Fox is taught to bend and eventually break the rules to get ahead and get that cold hard cash. This movie is all about greed. Douglas' character likes to buy out the majority of shares in a company and then liquidate it getting away with a quick buck. When Douglas gets going into a lengthy monologue, he oozes confidence which is amazing considering the pressure he was under. Bud Fox grows a conscience when he sells out his father's company to this same fate and decides to fight against it ruining everything he's worked for.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
Even with Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas in this movie it was still good to watch. It gives a perspective to Wall Street that was not shown at the time this movie came out. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Hilgeebaby!
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic!
This is one of my favorite movies. I love the stock market and I love Charlie. This was a good story with a great cast!
Published 10 days ago by Jeebs
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich and Wealthy
Hello,

This move is showing reality of the rich and wealthy running and operating this world. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Dennis
2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Poor
Midly entertaining and ok if you are really at a loss for something to do. Michael Douglas is nice and repulsive.
Published 22 days ago by Julius Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars To Have It All
Wall Street is a classic from a time when America's film culture was changing forever. After the "Golden Age" of cinema, when the classic novels had been portrayed... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dr. Harrison Watts
4.0 out of 5 stars Greed
Interesting plot shows how greed can really get a grip on our lives and even destroy us from the inside.
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
As much as this movie was relevant in 1987--- it is even more relevant NOW in 2014. A must for any Economics fan.
Published 1 month ago by stephen b
4.0 out of 5 stars Good choice for a look into corporate greed
This movie applied in 1987 as much as it does today. With corporate greed and the money hungry mongrels it shines a speck of light on what can be the amazing yet confusing world... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A T Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Wall Street movie!
Absolutely loved this movie when I went to the Premier. I think I have seen it 5 or 6 times of not more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Oceanfront
4.0 out of 5 stars Wall Street
Gives a great insight to the world of money. "The thing abkut money is it makes you do things you don't want to do."
Published 1 month ago by Allison
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