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Wall Street (1987)

20th Century Fox

Cast: Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Hal Holbrook, Terence Stamp.

Rating: R

Run time: 126 mins.

Genre: Drama

Verdict: Brilliant (see rating system)

Hard to believe it's been 20 years since director Oliver Stone's hard-hitting expose of business corruption won Michael Douglas a Best Actor Oscar.

While the pre-Internet technology obviously creaks a bit - clunky green-screen computers and "mobile" phones the size of Russian cars - the movie retains much of its potent strength.

Since this movie was made the Enron scandal and other legal cases have opened the window wide on sleeze and greed in coprorate America so we're not as shocked as we once were about the antics of characters like investment banker Gordon Gekko (Douglas).

Gekko follows the mantra of "greed is . . . good!" to build a multi-million dollar business. He's the kind of successful guy who impresses lowly investment dealer Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), who does all he can to try and arrange a personal interview with "the man".

Eventually, Fox succeeds, but in order to really impress Gekko with some inside information, Fox lets slip the state of health of the struggling airline company where his dad (Martin Sheen) is union leader.

At first Fox is wowed by the money, perks and hookers Gekko send his way, but when Gekko plans to destroy his father's company, even Fox can't stand to look in the mirror.

It's Douglas's show, but the great supporting cast including the Sheens, Daryl Hannah, Hal Holbrook and Terence Stamp give this movie special quality and Stone directs with a sure touch.

The two-disc, 20th anniversary anniversary edition looks and sounds great and includes documentaries, commentaries and other extras.

A long-awaited sequel starring Michael Douglas is reportedly in development. Tentative title is Money Never Sleeps.



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