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Winter 2004

Wall Street (1987) movie review

Greed is the Goal

Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is a stockbroker. He's stuck in the bull pen making cold calls selling weak stock to minor investors. He dreams of landing a big fish, and he has chosen Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas). He tries everything to win a moment with Gekko and when he gets it and is challenged to come up with something good, he reveals a bit of insider information from his father (Martin Sheen).

Bud Fox is on his way. Gekko takes him under his wing and introduces him to the world of insider trading and corporate espionage.

Greed is good.

Movie poster, Wall Street; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Wall Street
Every dream has a price.

Gekko introduces Bud to Darien Taylor (Daryl Hannah) and she introduces Bud to conspicuous spending. An expensive apartment, lavish edging decorating, and bigger dreams.

For Bud and the friends he uses to create the protective layers around Gekko, it's the ride of their life. But Bud is going to learn that where money is made without product, it's also made without conscience. He must learn that his behaviour has consequences and decide what he is going to do about it.

The parties, the clothes, the hot girlfriend all come at a cost and ultimately Bud must decide if he's willing to pay it.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 1987
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Title: Wall Street (1987)
Written by: Stanley Weiser & Oliver Stone
Directed by: Oliver Stone
running time: 125 mins

The Players: Charlie Sheen, Hal Holbrook, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Andrea Thompson, Terence Stamp, Sean Young, James Spader, Grant Shaud,

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