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When Hollywood Imitates Wall Street

Five examples of actors trying to be as cool as bankers
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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.


 

Becca Lipman is Senior Editor for Wall Street & Technology. She writes in-depth news articles with a focus on big data and compliance in the capital markets. She regularly meets with information technology leaders and innovators and writes about cloud computing, datacenters, ... View Full Bio

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Becca L
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Becca L,
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1/22/2014 | 7:52:29 PM
re: When Hollywood Imitates Wall Street
Had to add this bit of advice from Business Insider:

"Bankers: First of all, don't cheer in a movie. It's weird. You can laugh, but no cheering. Second, guffawing while Leo attempts to evade federal indictment doesn't exactly help America's perception of your societal value."
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Becca L,
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1/22/2014 | 7:48:22 PM
re: When Hollywood Imitates Wall Street
I also saw that on Business insider..

"When Belfort Gă÷ a drug addict who later attempts to remain sober Gă÷ rips up a couch cushion to get to his secret coke stash, there were cheers."

How assuring.

http://www.businessinsider.com...
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1/17/2014 | 6:30:20 PM
re: When Hollywood Imitates Wall Street
I read an article about a screening of the film held downtown for a Wall Street (traders) audience. Evidently they cheered every dispicable & degenerate act portrayed on the screen. The reporter felt this response was more damning of the audience then the film itself. This is a movie where you can project whatever attitudes (greed is good/bad, yea free markets, sex drugs rock & roll, jail the bankers, or whatever) you have on to it.
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