Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

wallstreet2As the 2008 recession is beginning to wipe out parts of Wall Street, a young trader (Shia LaBeouf) loses his mentor… and America’s favorite corporate raider (Michael Douglas) is attempting a comeback. Much like the original, this sequel to Wall Street (1987) catches the mood of a specific era in the history of capitalism and there is gloom to spare. We can’t live without money, but the dangers tied to wealth makes it impossible to find happiness. Longish, and Oliver Stone finds it necessary to tack on a happy ending that doesn’t quite feel right, but still a compelling portrait from inside the halls of financial power… and the cast is first-rate.

2010-U.S. 133 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Oliver Stone, Edward R. Pressman, Eric Kopeloff. Directed by Oliver Stone. Screenplay: Allan Loeb, Stephen Schiff. Songs: Brian Eno, David Byrne. Cast: Michael Douglas (Gordon Gekko), Shia LaBeouf (Jacob Moore), Josh Brolin (Bretton James), Carey Mulligan, Eli Wallach, Susan Sarandon… Frank Langella, Sylvia Miles, Jason Clarke. Cameos: Charlie Sheen, Oliver Stone, Donald Trump.

Trivia: Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts and Cate Blanchett were allegedly considered for parts. Wallach’s last film.

Last word: “I thought ’87 marked the end of an era. I was not in touch with Wall Street after the movie because I was burned out on it. I thought there’d be a recognition that the greed, the ugliness, was enough. But in 2006, 20th Century Fox asked me to revisit it. I said, ‘No, I don’t want to do this. How do you glorify a bunch of pigs?’ They came back to me after the crash in early 2009 with a decent script. But it was all about hedge funds, not the right tone. But I said ,’Yeah, I’m very interested,’ and went to work with [writer] Allan Loeb. We went to Wall Street quite a bit and talked to everybody who would talk to us. One of the most interesting of the interviews was with Eliot Spitzer.” (Stone, Mother Jones)

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