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Oliver Stone's Wall Street is a landmark picture for a number of very good reasons. Its subject matter was ripe for motion picture treatment, and it was released at just the right time. Wall Street is a capsule of angst from the 1980s, capturing the morally untenable excess that defined much of that decade, and the years since. Perhaps that is the reason the film has held up so well, and why the forthcoming sequel seems appropriate instead of just opportunistic. Unfortunately, this new DVD release (the so-called "Insider Trading Edition," continuing the laughable, regrettable tradition of "named" special editions) from Fox is just that. Transparently timed to coincide with the sequel's release, this DVD jettisons the solid bonus content from the earlier "20th Anniversary Edition" and replaces it with disposable junk that adds nothing of value to the film itself, which is presented here in a holdover transfer that doesn't do justice to the film's slick visuals.
I have the honor of being the fifth person to review Wall Street for DVD Talk, so I'm going to keep the plot summary brief and to the point. Idealistic and idiotically naïve Bud Fox (fresh-faced Chuck Sheen) goes to work for the tiger of Wall Street, the oily and foul Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas). Bud gets rich quick, takes up with Daryl Hannah, receives blowjobs, etc. The point is that he becomes exactly the guy that his mechanic father (Martin Sheen) tried not to raise; he loses himself and destroys the company his father works for in the process.
Oliver Stone was the perfect person to take on the subject of corporate raiders of the 1980s. An era soaked in booze and dusted with coke, Stone knows excess because he was one of its practitioners, both in life and behind the camera. But Wall Street is one of Stone's more controlled films, finding the co-writer and director behaving with something like journalistic restraint. The story, as written, is largely observational, and Stone's direction favors his actors. Sheen is green enough here to be credible, and of course Douglas owns the picture with his towering portrayal of Gekko, a cold-hearted cutthroat who we know is destined for a series of heart-attacks.
The supporting cast is excellent, once you look past Daryl Hannah's totally groan-inducing part as an interior decorator. Terence Stamp plays a rival corporate raider who Bud spies on at Gekko's behest. Hal Holbrook plays honest career trader Lou Mannheim, the inverse of Gordon Gekko in terms of his influence on Bud. Perhaps best of all is Stone regular John C. McGinley at his scenery-chewing apex as Bud's obnoxious coworker.
Equal to its command of the tone and business environment of the 1980s is the way Wall Street captures the look and feel of its setting. Robert Richardson's photography is fluid and economical, and Stephen Hendrickson's production design has surely influenced every film since that takes places in a similar environment. The images of Wall Street have stayed in the collective memory as the defining version of the way corporate America looks. It's one of the major reasons this thrilling, well-acted film remains relevant and entertaining.
So we pulled out our Oliver Stone collector's set that we've only watched one movie from (JFK) and decided to try our chances with Wall Street, claimed to be one of the 25 best movies ever by a book I have by Joe Garner called Now Showing. 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. 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. 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. There is an appearance by Darryl Hannah as random home decorating girlfriend who is very comfortable in her way of living and leaves Fox the first time it gets tough. I thought it would be more dramatic and more of a point of her being in the movie, but there really isn't and it ended up being a waste of screen time and just one more thing for him to lose on his fall from grace. Again I really loved seeing someone get the best of Michael Douglas, even if they couldn't get away scot-free and had to face the music. Shows the value of time, hard work, and morals over getting rich quick with some family values thrown in too.
Probably an undervalued asset to this film is one of my favorites, John C. McGinley whom you'll remember as one of the Bob's from Office Space and his role of Dr. Cox on Scrubs. Always there to heckle and mock his good friend and has some of the best one-liners in the movie. I'm going to be generous and give this movie an A-.
Wall Street, in my opinion, is the best movie ever created that describes a stock broker's dilemma. Why? I was in the industry for a number of years and have personal experience not only as a stock broker, but also as a firm's General Principal (okay, big title for owner / manager of a firm).
Charlie Sheen perfectly depicts character Bud Fox's naive beliefs that you study stock charts and develop a understanding of a stock's fundamentals to educate and help a client. Whoops, just like in any fairy tale Bud is living a dream. In the real world he is nothing more than a salesman.
In the case of Wall Street father does know best. Bud's pop Carl, played by Martin Sheen, confronts him on the fact that Bud is in fact a salesman. Bud's denial of this fact is not only the beginning of his downfall, but it happens countless times everyday. By definition, stock brokers under the SEC and NASD are not permitted to give "advice" or "receive a fee" for selling stocks, they receive a commission. That sure sounds like a salesman!
As such, if Bud spent less time trying to "learn and analyze" the stocks and focused on increasing his skills on selling and networking, he would never have been intrigued by Gordon's offer. That is his job ... sell stocks and grow your book of business.
If bud wanted to make a living analyzing technical chart patterns, stock fundamentals or sentiment analysis then he should have become a market analyst. You have to focus on what you do and perfect that function. He sells stocks! He doesn't get paid to consult or advise on stocks.
However, Gordon Gekko, is played perfectly by Michael Douglas. Gekko's speech is classic in describing the business of Wall Street, his "greed is good speech" is worth the time and money you invest in "Wall Street." In reality, it is what makes the stock market tick. Why? Greed is an emotion. Sentiment is the true underlying mechanism that makes the market move. Remember, there are at least 2 sides to each trade -- a buyer and a seller.
Finally, I don't want to give away the details and drama that the movie itself so ingeniously unveils. Wall Street is a movie that perfectly transcends a real world element into a job description that has such a historical allure and notoriety attached to it that usually doesn't quite make good for fairy tale endings.
I had not watched the film in years until I bought this DVD.
Watched it on 9-11-10 so when you see the twin towers at the beginning of the film.
A film for it’s time & it is Michael's movie for his Best Actor winner role. His 2cd Oscar.
I am NOT a fan of Charlie Sheen never have been so of course I did not like him in this film.
Sean Young & Daryl Hannah after "Blade Runner" working together again, this time in the same scene.
Sean’s character was a spoiled I do nothing let the servants do it trophy wife. Hannah's character WAS NOT NEEDED IN THE FILM.
What was the point of this character? To design Bud's new apartment with UGLY ART WORK & BAD COLOR PAINT. Time could have been saved in NOT having this character in here-WAS NOT NEEDED. DID NOTHING TO THE STORY.
And, of course, Sean & Daryl's movie career was pretty much over when the 1980's ended.
James Spader doing a James Spader role-done this bit how many times James?
Rereleased to promote the 2cd film. Now Gordon is supposed to have a daughter in the new film, looks like a guy in a dress. In this original film they have a son & the KID LOOKED NOTHING LIKE THEM. Both of them were fit, the kid over weight. Oliver Stone let this gaffe in the 2cd film to happen. Bad job Oliver.
I like the film but this DVD is POOR.
Extras, what extras? Where is a making of the film? The extras are a joke but as long as they get to promote the new film….
And, no chapter list & IT HAS ONE OF THESE CHEAP PLASTIC DVD CASES WITH THE INTENTIONAL HOLES IN THEM. THESE ARE CHEAP & CAN DAMAGE THE DVD'S.
WHOEVER DESIGNED THESE IS AN IDIOT & WHATEVER DVD DESIGNER WHO USES THEM IS AN IDIOT AS WELL.
Review for film NOT DVD package That would be a 0 if they had that rating.
Wall Street tells the coming of age story of "Bud," set in 1985 depicting the challenges Bud will face during his attempts to make it big on Wall Street. During his rise to the top, Bud's decisions will impact relationships with his family, friends, colleagues, and even himself. Thus, you don't have to understand the stock market to understand underlying themes presented in powerful movie.
The movie is not "perfect," as there were scenes that went longer than they needed to and other scenes that could have been cut completely (scenes with Michael Douglass with his family). The role of Daryl Hanna (playing Bud's girlfriend), was either not developed enough, or cut down so much that her character really was not necessary. I understand where the director was going with her character, but, he did not need to include so many scenes with her to get the point across. I would have rather seen more scenes devoted to his relationship with his father or even more scenes between he and his long time friend from college.
Still though, Wall Street is a well directed, acted and fast paced movie, which will suck you in early into the movie. Its cast is loaded with great actors, who clearly grasp the scope of their characters. Definitely worth watching at least once.