Oliver Stone's WALL STREET


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18:00 Intro: Bud Fox to Himself Just before Meeting Gekko for the First Time
         “Life all comes down to a few moments.  This is one of them.”

33:00 Gekko to Fox at the Athletic Club
        “Public’s out there throwing darts at a board, sport.  I don’t throw darts at a board, I bet on
         sure things.  Read Sun Tsu's The Art of War ‘every battle is won before it's fought.’  Think
         about it.  You are not as smart as I thought you were, buddy boy.  You wonder why
         fund managers can’t beat the S&P 500, cause they’re sheep and sheep get slaughtered.
         I’ve been in the business since ’69 most of these Harvard MBA types don’t add up to
         dog shit.  Give me guys that are poor, smart, and hungry and no feelings.  You win a few
         you lose a few but you keep on fighting.  If you need a friend, get a dog.  It’s trench warfare
         out there, pal.”
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37:27 Bud and Gekko in Limo
         Bud: “What about hard work?”
         Gekko: “What about it?  You work hard.  I bet you stayed up all night analyzing
                      that dog shit stock you gave me, huh?  Where did it get you?  My father worked like an
                      elephant pushing electrical supplies, ended up at 49 dying of a heart attack.  Wake up
                      will ya pal?!  If you are not inside you’re outside.  Ok?  And  I am not talking about
                      some $400,000 a year working Wall Street stiff flying first class and being comfortable.
                      I am talking about liquid.  Rich enough to have your own jet, rich enough not to waste
                      time.  $100,000,000.  A player or nothing!  Now, you have what it took to get in my
                      office, the real question is if you’ve got what it takes to stay here.”

44:00 Lou to Bud
        “No such thing [as a sure thing] except death and taxes.  Not a good company [Annacot Steel]
         there’s no fundamentals. What’s going on Bud?  You know something?  Remember there are no
         shortcuts.  Quick buck artists come and go with every bull market but the steady players make it
         throughout the bear markets.  You’re part of something here, Bud.  The money you make here
         creates science and research jobs.  Don’t sell that out.”
55:00 Gekko’s Wake-Up Call to Bud
Money never sleeps.  Just made $800,000 on Hong Kong gold, it’s being wired to you.  Play with it.  You’ve done good but you’ve gotta keep doing good.  I’ve shown you how the game works, now school's out.”
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1:08:00 Lou to Bud
            “You’re on a roll kid.  Enjoy it while it lasts, because it never does."

1:15:02 Gekko’s “Greed Is Good”
            "The point is, ladies and gentleman, greed is good.  Greed works, greed is right. Greed clarifies,
             cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.  Greed in all its forms, greed for
             life, money, love, knowledge has marked the upward surge in mankind – and greed, mark my
             words – will save not only Teldar Paper but the other malfunctioning corporation called the
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1:30:42 Conversation Between Bud and Father
            Father:“He’s using you kid.  He’s got your prick in his back pocket, but you’re too
                blind to see it.”
            Bud:“No, what I see is a jealous old machinist who can’t stand to see his son has become more
                successful than he is.”
            Father: “What you see is a guy who never measured a man’s success by the size of his wallet.”
            Bud: “That’s because you never had the guts to go out in the world and stake your claim.”
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