Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Martin Sheen, John C. McGinley, Terence Stamp, James Karen, Hal Holbrook, Sean Young, James Spader
StorylineYoung and ambitious stock trader Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider (Michael Douglas) who takes him under his wing.
OpinionAs I was aware of the positive feedback it received, I was excited to watch it, and I did have high expectations. Last night I finally got to watch it, and it was quite a disappointment. In fact, Wall Street turned out to be a good portrayal of greed. Period. It does not go beyond that.
The story, which is not original, about the young and hungry man at the bottom of the barrel that rises through the ranks is good, but unfortunately it isn't carried out in the right way, and the result is two-hour long film that bores most of the time.
However, the dialogue is brilliant - even though there are too many "Wall Street" words somebody might not understand -, and every single character is pretty remarkable. The musical score by Stewart Copeland is great, and Oliver Stone's direction is also great.
The acting manages to raise up the film a little bit. Michael Douglas's portrayal of ruthless, greedy, Gordon Gekko is spectacular. Charlie Sheen is very good, and along with his real life and fictional father, Martin Sheen, delivers an emotional hospital scene. Daryl Hannah does an average job, but somebody else could have done it way better.