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Plot, Details & Awards

Wall Street

R In Theaters 12/11/1987 , 126min.
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Plot & Details

"Greed is Good." This is the credo of the aptly named Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), the antihero of Oliver Stone's Wall Street. Gekko, a high-rolling corporate raider, is idolized by young-and-hungry broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen). Inveigling himself into Gekko's inner circle, Fox quickly learns to rape, murder and bury his sense of ethics. Only when Gekko's wheeling and dealing causes a near-tragedy on a personal level does Fox "reform"-though his means of destroying Gekko are every bit as underhanded as his previous activities on the trading floor. Director Stone, who cowrote Wall Street with Stanley Weiser, has claimed that the film was prompted by the callous treatment afforded his stockbroker father after 50 years in the business; this may be why the film's most compelling scenes are those between Bud Fox and his airline mechanic father (played by Charlie Sheen's real-life dad Martin). Ironically, Wall Street was released just before the October, 1987 stock market crash.


Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Michael Douglas Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Michael Douglas Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 National Board of Review Best Actor Michael Douglas Won
1987 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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