December 11, 1987 (US)
Running time 126 minutes
Country United States
Budget $16.5 million, Box office $43.9 million
Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, and Daryl Hannah. The film tells the story of Bud Fox (Sheen), a young stockbroker who becomes involved with Gordon Gekko (Douglas), a wealthy, unscrupulous corporate raider.
Stone made the film as a tribute to his father, Lou Stone, a stockbroker during the Great Depression. The character of Gekko is said to be a composite of several people, including Dennis Levine, Ivan Boesky, Carl Icahn, Asher Edelman, Michael Milken, and Stone himself. The character of Sir Lawrence Wildman, meanwhile, was modelled on the prominent British financier and corporate raider Sir James Goldsmith. Originally, the studio wanted Warren Beatty to play Gekko, but he was not interested; Stone, meanwhile, wanted Richard Gere, but Gere passed on the role.
The film was well-received among major film critics. Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor, and the film has come to be seen as the archetypal portrayal of 1980s success, with Douglas' character declaring that "greed is good." It has also proven influential in inspiring people to work on Wall Street, with Sheen, Douglas, and Stone commenting over the years how people still approach them and say that they became stockbrokers because of their respective characters in the film.
Stone and Douglas reunited for a sequel titled Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which was released theatrically on September 24, 2010. Wall Street, 1987 is the classic.
Classic Gekko Quotes:
“Ever wonder why fund managers can't beat the S&P 500? 'Cause they're sheep, and sheep get slaughtered.”
“If you need a friend, get a dog”
“I look at a hundred deals a day. I pick one”
“The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good”
“You’re walking around blind without a cane, pal. A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.”
“The most valuable commodity I know of is information”
“Lunch is for wimps”
“Money never sleeps”