Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

September 24th, 2010


Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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Now out of prison but still disgraced by his peers, Gordon Gekko works his future son-in-law, an idealistic stock broker, when he sees an opportunity to take down a Wall Street enemy and rebuild his empire.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.3/10 (41,072 voted)

Critic's Score: 59/100

Director: Oliver Stone

Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, Carey Mulligan

As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader's mentor.

Writers: Allan Loeb, Stephen Schiff

Richard Stratton - Prison Cage Guard
Harry Kerrigan - Prison Guard
Michael Douglas - Gordon Gekko
Carey Mulligan - Winnie Gekko
Shia LaBeouf - Jake Moore
Sunil Hirani - Himself
Maria Bartiromo - News Host
Austin Pendleton - Dr. Masters
Thomas Belesis - Zabel Trader
Frank Langella - Louis Zabel
Eric Purcell - Jeweler
Christian Baha - Hedge Fund Chief
John Buffalo Mailer - Robby
Melissa Lee - Newscaster
Annika Pergament - Reporter


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 24 September 2010

Filming Locations: 1 State Street Plaza, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $19,011,188 (USA) (26 September 2010) (3565 Screens)

Gross: $52,474,616 (USA) (19 December 2010)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (Cannes Film Festival)

Did You Know?

Music is used to atmospherically link the movie with Wall Street. Much of the soundtrack of both films is provided by Brian Eno and/or David Byrne of the Talking Heads. In fact the Talking Heads song "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" is used in both films.

Revealing mistakes: When Jake Moore first enters Gordon Gekko's apartment, a white actor's position mark is visible on the floor.

Jacob Moore: Every thief has an excuse.

User Review

Even Money sleeps in this movie

Rating: 3/10

I had high hopes for this film ever since I saw the teaser trailer of Gekko getting released from prison. It has everything you need for success. Iconic characters, interesting subject, good acting and great cinematography. Unfortunately I was greatly disappointed by snooze fest with a meandering story with no focus and some strange "green" message.

The movie starts off trying to set up LeBeouf's characters motivation. But even that is never clear. Is he financially or morally invested in some fusion project or both? Does he want to get his girlfriend and her father back together for her or because he wants a new mentor? Is he a greedy Wall Street guy with great ideas or is he some Eco-warrior trying to change the world? And then there's some half assed revenge plot against some financial tycoon who ends up embodying the entire financial meltdown.

Through out the film the audience is drug along as these plots come and go. At one point the most important thing to the main character is getting revenge against Brolin's character and ends up working for him. But instead of getting revenge, he try's to get an investor in green technology. When his boss, who's he trying to take down, doesn't invest in the green technology LeBeouf's character breaks down and quits. So he forgets revenge and returns to getting his girlfriend back together with her father Gordon Gekko. At some point Gekko mentions he left his daughter $100 million which, strangely enough, is the exact amount that he wanted his last boss to invest in the green company. So he starts tricking his girlfriend into signing all the money over to her father who has promised to give it to the green company. LeBeouf's character is the only person on Earth who doesn't know that a guy who went to prison for insider trading might not be trust worthy. So surprise, surprise Gekko runs off with the money and we are treated to a ripoff of The Usual Suspects as LeBeouf thinks back to all the situations that showed Gekko is lying. So he goes back to revenge.

So all of that along with more uncomfortable close ups of a girl crying then I can count, a number of strange transitions and the worst cameo I've ever seen with Charlie Sheen showing up as Bud Fox. He appears out of nowhere for no reason with two girls on his arm acting more like Charlie from Two and a Half Men than Bud Fox.

All of this happens at a snails pace and makes you wonder if Stone has seen the first film in 20 years. I'm waiting for the sequel to Platoon where we skip the battle scenes and focus on a girl crying and some general who makes weird bird noises after every line.


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