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Wall Street 1987 Directed by Oliver Stone
Michael Douglas | Charlie Sheen | Daryl Hannah | Martin Sheen | Terence Stamp | John C. McGinley | Hal Holbrook
Michael Douglas owns the role of Gekko and by extension dominates the movie with his larger than life character. He gets most of the film's best dialogue and delivers it with such conviction.
The culmination of Douglas' performance is his much lauded, often quoted, "Greed is good" speech that his character gives to a shareholders' meeting of Teldar Paper.
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Rogue Trader 1999 Ewan McGregor | Anna Friel
With recent headlines about day trading and stock market wealth, you'll find this production a fun topic of conversation as you watch Leeson (Ewan McGregor) risk the bank's capital speculating in Japanese stock index futures on an open out cry trading floor in Singapore.
Based on a true story, some might remember reading about the failure of Barings, a major U.K. investment bank, yet McGregor's portrayal still makes you wonder what he will do next.
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Boiler Room 2000 Giovanni Ribisi | Ben Affleck | Vin Diesel
They wanted raw recruits that didn't know anything and they made money on the testing process.
If you didn't open accounts within a month you were out.
In my firm, the first time you did $1000 in commissions in a single day they cut off your tie.
This movie may seem outrageous or over the top to some, but, it is as accurate as a movie about this subject could be.
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Enron The Smartest Guys in the Room 2005
This is a great documentary which captures the go-go 90's, the rise of the internet, and the rise(and fall)of funny money.
This is capitalism run amok. The movie puts the rise and fall of Enron in its proper context . . . a metaphor for the '90's . . when the only direction on wall street was up.
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Some of the stories recalled by the traders are almost unbelievable like the no-holds barred aggression on the trading floor.
Also, one of the guys who got wiped out being on the wrong side of a Yen trade.
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Wall Street 2 - Money Never Sleeps 2010 Michael Douglas | Shia Labeouf | Josh Brolin | Eli Wallach
Michael Douglas (Gordon Gekko) and Shia Labeouf team up given that Jake is engaged to Gordon's daughter Winnie. They embark on path to understand KZI's collapse and to seek revenge, plus make a few dollars along the way for Gordon.
Gordon and Jake make a series of "trades" to learn that Bretton James and his firm, Churchill Schwartz, were illegally betting on everything under the Sun to destroy KZI.
"Time is the most important thing in life." Well said Mr. Douglas
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Frontline: The Warning
An objective and fact-based account of how derivatives impacted our 2008 economic depression.
The complete lack of federal regulation and the absence of transparency is virtually casino capitalism in a black box.
Alongside derivatives exist credit default swaps, securitized debt instruments, and the entire smorgasbord of pseudo-transactions of Wall Street. Ironically, the gains from these transactions are privatized, while the losses are socialized...
As Justice Louis Brandeis once remarked, "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both."
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Frontline: Inside the Meltdown
Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers business collapses that kicked off the present day economic crisis, followed by efforts to support insurance giant AIG and a 700 billion dollar bailout.
Inside the Meltdown especially focuses upon the sudden, catastrophic dilemma thrust upon Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
An absorbing documentary that presents the downfall of multigenerational institutions in plain terms for viewers of all backgrounds.
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