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Advent of Free Market Capitalism (02:52)


Oliver Stone discusses the plot of "Wall Street." Bud Fox wants to work for Gordon Gekko. Deregulation under Ronald Reagan allowed traders to make huge amounts of money and demolished the middle class.

Stone's Background (04:17)

"Wall Street" protests the demise of the industrial America founded in the 1900. Oliver's father, Louis Stone, worked as a stock broker for his entire life. Stanley Weiser studied the financial sector for a month before writing the script and collaborating with Stone.

Plot of "Wall Street" (03:15)

The film depicts Bud Fox being apprenticed by Gordon Gekko who targets vulnerable corporations that are undervalued. Ken Lipper advised Stone and Weiser on government regulation and working as a stockbroker.

Douglas Portraying Gekko (04:49)

Douglas studied working as a stockbroker at Asher Edelman's financial company. Gekko's character incorporates aspects of Carl Icahn, Edelman, Donald Trump, and Ivan Boesky. Dominique Nora investigated this new type of "corporate raider."

"Greed Is Right" (04:20)

Stone describes how making product no longer mattered. Wall Street no longer wanted to finance industrial America. Ellen Mirojnick imagines a cross between a golden age Hollywood movie star and the Duke of Windsor when designing Gekko's costumes.

Vietnam War Influence (04:30)

Cast and crew discuss how the name change to Gekko influenced costumes, hair, and the script. Watch an excerpt of "Last Year in Vietnam." Martin Scorsese describes teaching Stone film making.

Stone's Career Beginnings (02:51)

Stone directed two horror films and then began screenwriting. Stone gained fame as a director because of "Platoon."

The Jungle of "Wall Street" (03:26)

Stone and the cast worked on the New York Stock Exchange Floor while filming. See behind the scenes of "Wall Street." Hal Holbrook portrays a stock broker similar to the director's father.

Searching for Insider Tips (02:54)

Fox begins insider trading in order to help make Gekko money. Martin Sheen describes shooting the scene where he confronts his son.

Stone and Douglas' Relationship (05:22)

Watch some outtakes from "Wall Street." Douglas describes how Stone manipulated the actor into being nastier on camera. Lipper describes a nasty confrontation between the two men.

Gekko Breaks the Rules (02:29)

Fox saves his father's company by being arrested for insider trading by the Securities Exchange Commission and exposing Gekko. Two months before the movie is released, the New York Stock Exchange collapses. The courts decide to clean up Wall Street.

"Wall Street" Premieres (04:03)

Douglas recalls the reaction of wealthy people to the movie. The "Los Angeles Times" wrote a piece about men wanting to become Gekko. The cast and crew discuss the movie's impact.

Winning an Oscar (02:45)

Stone is surprised that Douglas' character won the Oscar. Douglas describes how Stone elicits the best performances from his actors.

One of the Greatest Filmmakers (04:29)

Cast and crew discuss the impact of Stone's films. Fox releases "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" in 2010. Douglas and Donald Trump shot a scene together.

Credits: Wall Street (Oliver Stone) (00:43)

Credits: Wall Street (Oliver Stone)

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Behind the Scenes of: Wall Street (Oliver Stone)

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Released in 1987, Wall Street is Oliver Stone's fifth feature film. This is the first fiction film to depict in such a widely documented way the American world of high finance at the time of the great deregulation during Reagan’s presidency. Oliver Stone tells of the rise and fall of Bud Fox, one of the "golden boys" who thrived on Wall Street and elsewhere during that period. Through a series of unpublished interviews, including with Oliver Stone and Michael Douglas, the documentary highlights the astonishing destiny of the film. A cult film, Wall Street is considered a classic today. The exposure of the financial industry mechanisms set in place in the 1980s has not aged a bit. It has even proved premonitory of the repeated crises generated by such a system, be it the crash of October 1987, just before the release of the film, or the 2008 subprime crisis.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL162960

Copyright date: ©2017

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