FBMR - Wall Street
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WALL STREET (1987) ***1/2

Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is a stock-broker in a large firm, an idealist despreately trying to find a way into the "big game". He does so through multi-millionaire, shark-investor Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas in his Oscar-winning performance). Gecko shows Fox all he knows about playing the market and making a bundle at the expense of the companies whose stock is being traded. Fox's ethics are very easily swayed and is soon making more money than he knows what to do with. But it's not all smooth sailing.

Charlie Sheen can actually act, I was pretty impressed. Too bad he hasn't been able to find anything this good again. Michael Doulgas' role is a series of monologues about greed, in an attempt to rationalize what he does. Oliver Stone's direction is surprizingly normal. I guess he was still new enough not to try any of the weird stuff that he seems to be doing these days.

A well written screenplay too, with enough jargon to be realistic and educational, but not too much to be too confusing. There are also some interesting twists with some redeeming moments. A very good film.

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