Wall Street

Every dream has a price
Every dream has a price
D: Oliver Stone
20th Century Fox/American Entertainment (Edward R. Pressman & A. Kitman Ho)
US 1987
124 mins


W: Stanley Weiser & Oliver Stone
DP: Robert Richardson
Ed: Claire Simpson
Mus: Stewart Copeland

Michael Douglas (Gordon Gekko), Charlie Sheen (Bud Fox), Martin Sheen (Carl Fox), Daryl Hannah (Darien Taylor), Terence Stamp (Sir Larry Wildman), Sean Young (Kate Gekko)

An ambitious financial broker is torn between family and money after he becomes the young protégé of a successful, but morally abhorrent Wall Street banker who convinces him to trade insider information of the stock market in exchange for financial rewards.

One of the better Yuppie-culture films of the late 80's. Michael Douglas delivers the performance of his career as ruthless arbiter Gordon Gecko (think of an evil Jerry Maguire). Real-life son and father Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen also very good, but Daryl Hannah's performance is rather poor, though this could be attributed to her character being quite one-dimensional. 

Director Oliver Stone doesn't shirk with his documentary-esque portrayal of life in the big city as dog-eat-dog world, but aside from Michael Douglas' iconic performance, the film itself isn't quite memorable enough to be considered amongst the filmmaker's best works.


Michael Douglas in Wall Street
Michael Douglas in Wall Street

D: Oliver Stone
20th Century Fox (Edward R. Pressman & Eric Kopeloff)
US 2010
133 mins


W: Allan Loeb & Stephen Schiff [based on characters created by Stanley Weiser & Oliver Stone]
DP: Rodrigo Prieto
Ed: David Brenner & Julie Monroe
Mus: Craig Armstrong

Shia LaBeouf (Jake Moore), Michael Douglas (Gordon Gekko), Josh Brolin (Bretton James), Carey Mulligan (Winnie Gekko), Susan Sarandon (Sylvia Moore)

Less a sequel, more a remake, with Michael Douglas one again reprising the role of corrupt Wall Street banker, Gordon Gekko and Shia LaBeouf steps into the shoes vacated by Charlie Sheen. The only other difference is the volume of currency, adjusted by inflation. Like the first film, Douglas' enigmatically calculating performance makes it watchable, but there's little else to write home about.

Michael Douglas & Shia LaBeouf in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Michael Douglas & Shia LaBeouf in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps