When Hollywood Imitates Wall Street

Five examples of actors trying to be as cool as bankers
January 17, 2014

Wall Street (1987)


Staring Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko, Charlie Sheen as Bud Fox, Daryl Hannah and Martin Sheen. Directed and co-written by Oliver Stone. Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer gives the film a 78% and an average user rating of 82%.

Bud Fox is a young stockbroker desperate to succeed and quickly corrupted by his hero and mentor Gordon Gekko. Fox starts to fall apart as Gekko's illicit trading gets away from their control, eventually drawing the attention of the SEC. Ultimately, Fox goes to the police, wears a wire, and turns Gekko in.

Memorable Quote

Gordon Gekko: The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
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Gordon Gekko:I don't throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things. Read Sun-tzu, The Art of War. Every battle is won before it is ever fought.


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