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Wall Street (1987)

Written By Awir Aditya on Friday, September 24, 2010 | 3:15 PM

Genre: Crime/Drama

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Hal Holbrook

Wall Street, New York, the home of some of the largest and biggest companies in the world and the centre for countless amount of money. A lot of people come with great ambitions, where some fall and some rise. Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) was one such ambitious stock broker who is trying hard to get to the top. His father Carl (Martin Sheen) works as a foreman at an airline company and is also its union leader. He gets some inside information about the company which could possibly raise its stock price enabling anyone to make a lot of money. He sells the information to Gordon Gekko (Douglas) a Wall Street investor who ultimately hires Bud to be his stock broker. Gekko manages to persuade Bud to dig up inside information illegally using various contacts which enables Gekko to invest in stocks that are sure to climb. Bud is enjoying the perks and the rich life that Gekko is giving him and turns a blind eye to all the warnings given to him by family and friends. The movie has the usual story of a young ambitious man who treads on the wrong path towards success and ultimately has the very predictable climax. The only respite is the entire 'Wall Street feeling' the movie manages to bring out and the fabulous performance put up by Michael Douglas. The movie would definitely appeal to people who deal with money and stocks in their daily lives, but yet sadly does not manage to bring out anything significantly different. A classic movie that displays American greed and lust for power without any fancy fireworks.

Thumbs up: Michael Douglas and other performances
Thumbs down: The normal story of an ambitious man

Rating: 6.8/10
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