Oliver Stone's WALL STREET


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"Fact Sheet" on Wall Street(http://www.eonline.com/Facts/Movies/0,60,18671,00.html)
This web site by E! Online provides a cast list of Wall Street.  The viewer can click on any one of the main actors, actresses, and even on Oliver Stone to find out some information about the characters that they played in the movie along with some other ventures.  This site also provides a brief summary of the movie.   At the bottom of the site there is a place where you can order the movie.

"Greed is Good Again. Just Don't Tell Anyone" by Fred Vogelstein  (http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/971215/15bonu.htm)
In this site, Vogelstein compares the “Greed is Good 80’s” to the “Sober and Debt-Free 90’s.”  It has been over a decade since Stone produced the movie Wall Street and the “financial pirates” such as Henry Kravis and Ivan Boesky made millions on corporate raiding and “hostile takeovers.”  While many thought that the “greed is good” attitude would end with the 80’s, “Wall Street hasn’t been sticking to the script.”  Vogelstein explains how, in the 90’s on Wall Street, “takeovers have been more numerous” and initial public offerings have been more lucrative.”  The main difference between the 80’s and 90's is that the tycoons of the 90's have gained a softer image through using less hostile takeovers and focusing more on philanthropy.

"Wall Street" by Roger Ebert(http://www.suntimes.com/ebert/ebert-_reviews/1987/12/268135.html)
In this site, Ebert describes the major characters in the movie and the minor characters who support them.  Ebert emphasizes Stone’s major achievements and weaknesses.  Ebert questions whether or not Charlie Sheen was the best choice for the lead:  “If the film has a flaw it is that Sheen never quite seems relentless enough to move into Gekko’s circle.”  On the other hand, Stone’s most impressive achievement is that he takes a very complicated business setting and uses this setting to tell a story that can be followed by the average person.  “The movie can be followed by anyone, because the details of the stock manipulation are filtered through by transparent layers of greed.”  According to Ebert, Stone’s film “is an attack on an atmosphere of financial competitiveness so ferocious that ethics are simply irrelevant.”  This site relates the ‘90’s business tycoon, Donald Trump, to characters in Wall Street, specifically Gekko.  Ebert proposes that Donald Trump is unlike Gekko because “money no longer interests [Trump] very much.  He is more motivated by the challenge of the deal and by the desire to win.”

"Wall Street" by Jonathan Rosenbaum (http://onfilm.chireader.com/MovieCaps/W/WA/09059_WALL_STREET.html)
This web site provides a brief review of Wall Street by Jonathan Rosenbaum.  In this review Rosenbaum draws a parallel between the first half of Wall Street and Ayn Rand’s writing.  Rosenbaum describes Wall Street’s moral battle and “machoism” as an “urban western.”  Rosenbaum comments on the similarity between Platoon and Wall Street in which both main characters struggle with the influence of two fathers.  In this review Rosenbaum brings up the interesting point that women play no role in this movie other than “status symbols.”

"Wall Street" by Randy Williams (http://www.tripod.com/exlore/jobs_carer/review/film/961011wallst.html)
This site contains both a summary and review of the movie Wall Street.  First, Williams concentrates on giving a brief overview of the movie.  All the main characters are described, and several of the famous monologues are included.  William’s specifically focuses on: Gordon Gekko’s ideas of success—“information is the commodity he admires most”; Gekko’s relationship with his “pal” Fox; the voices of reason represented by Bud’s father and Lou and how Bud finally realizes he is being used by Gekko and saves the airline.  Williams also comments on the specific actors and actresses in the film.  Williams describes how “for every solid appearance by a pro…there is an amateur appearance by a grating non-actor.”  Although Williams feels that some of the scenes and situations are slightly unrealistic, he concludes that the “movie does a great job of depicting the sensual allure of wealth and its trappings, as well as the mad adrenaline rush of the stock exchange floor.”

Related Sites
"Wall Street's Most Ruthless Cannibal" by Richard Behar (http://cgi.pathfinder.com/fortune/1998/980608/man.html):
This web site tells the story of Dennis Helliwell, a “ruthless financier” who “cold-bloodedly ruined relatives and friends.” The author of this article, Richard Behar, describes Helliwell as “the Hannibal Lecter of Wall Street: a monetary cannibal who devoured his own loved ones.”  This story of a shrewd and conniving businessman relates perfectly to Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko.  Although Gekko did not cheat family members out of money, he tore down morals and got his information illegally.  Helliwell’s story is an example of cutthroat businessmen.

"Attitudes of the Rich and Famous" (http://www.igc.apc.org/laborquotes/attitude.html)
This web site relates to the “yuppie ideology” emphasized in Wall Street.  This site is a list of quotes by notable celebrities or financial tycoons including Donald Trump, the infamous Ivan Boesky, Imelda Marcos, plus many more.  Many of the quotes discuss that greed is healthy and not a bad thing.  This is closely related to Gordon Gekko’s mentality of “greed is good…greed will save America.”  This web site provides real-life examples of the greed that still exists in America today.

"Funny Money" by John Powers(http://search.boston.com/globe/magazine/3-22/atwork/)
This site explains some of the fundamental theories of wealth presented in Wall Street.  Powers compares the past tycoons, such as Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Vanderbilt, to the present-day tycoons, such as Bill Gates.  He relates the billionaires of today to Gordon Gekko, who “creates nothing.”  These tycoons “make money from things that can’t be seen or touched.”  The billionaires of today are building houses similar to the houses built by Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Vanderbilt.  The difference is that “the money for those homes came from steel and railroads and oil.  The money for these comes from golden crumbs and cyberware, from Wall Street and the Silicon Valley.”  Powers focuses on how the tycoons of today, the tycoons of Wall Street and the Silicon Valley, don’t create anything, but want to own everything.  This is Gordon Gekko’s attitude in Wall Street.