What is Wall Street about?
The movers and the shakers of Wall Street, the biggest jungle of them all. A young, ambitious man Bud Fox is recruited by a giant of Wall Street named Gordon Gecko who quickly begins to use Bud for his talent and appetite for success. However, Bud enjoys the power and perks of success on Wall Street, scrupulous or not.
This film was released in 1987 which is quite ironic seeing that was the year of Black Monday. One of the greatest market crashes of all time. This movie is about money and nothing but. The finance guys on Wall Street portrayed in this movie would do just about anything to make a quick and easy buck.
Directed by Oliver Stone. Starring Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Terence Stamp, John C. McGinley, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Michael Douglas.
What is the one thing that motivates me with Wall Street?
I like the money and I how much I want it. I have a finance degree so I understand the lingo but I don’t agree with the way the men in this movie go about it. This movie does make me get up off my behind and work for it though.
Who is my favorite character? Why?
Martin Sheen’s character Carl Fox. He is a man that I respect. I’ve done my time being a hands on employee as an apprentice electrician for four years in a factory. It made me understand two things. Being a blue collar worker is something that I don’t want to do. Secondly, the people who do, are family men who work hard, laugh harder and apart from worries about money, are the happiest people on the planet. I love being around people like this because they’re good people who have it figured out; and sometimes they don’t even realize it. I feel the need to become a person of success with employees like this, that I can be in service of.
What this movie’s famous line?
Gordon Gecko played by Michael Douglas.
“The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”
What elemental message do I see?
On the ladder to success, you’re going to be faced with decision that are going to cross your moral boundaries. I’ve found that if it’s too good to be true. It definitely is. Nothing beats hard work. And smart work.
What do the critics think?
Who cares, I love it!