Wall Street

“How much is enough, Gordon? When does it all end, huh? How many yachts can you water-ski behind? How much is enough, huh?”

You want the glorious 80s in a nutshell? Look no further than Oliver Stone’s ode to greed and financial success (and, yes, the subsequent crash and burn). When Wall Street hit theaters in December 1987, the good ol’ U.S. of A. was in the throes of economic happiness. The rich were getting richer, and the poor? Well, they weren’t doing so bad themselves.

Inspired by his stockbroker father, Stone crafted a tale of young Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), a wannabe big shot who uses a little, ya know, inside information to get into the good graces of his idol, corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas).

Fox’s dad (Sheen’s real-life dad Martin) doesn’t like what he sees (in both his son and in Gekko) but Bud won’t have any of it. And why would he, really… all of a sudden he’s got hot chicks jumping on him in the back of his limo, and he’s sporting threads so fine they make Brooks Brothers look like crap from JCPenney.

Wall Street only earned one Oscar nomination, and it resulted in a well-deserved win for the fantastic Mr. Douglas. (Should we mention that Daryl Hannah also won an award that year? Yep, a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress.)

25 years later Wall Street still holds up as a paean to excess in our favorite decade.

“…greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms: greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.”

We ♥ Wall Street.

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~ by weheart80s on January 23, 2012.

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