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Wall Street (1987)


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Commentary 1: Director Oliver Stone Rating:7.5/10 (11 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Jchgf on September 1st, 2006:Find all reviews by Jchgf
A great upbeat, light-hearted commentary from Oliver Stone. A fun and inspiring listen.
Reviewed by The Cubist on September 14th, 2007:Find all reviews by The Cubist
Stone points out that Hal Holbrook’s character was based largely on his father who also worked on Wall Street and his life was the impetus for Stone making this film. The director talks about the casting of Gordon Gekko and how he originally approached Richard Gere and Warren Beatty before Michael Douglas and why he ultimately picked him. Stone talks about Douglas’ early struggles with the huge amount of dialogue he had to deliver and how he dealt with it. The filmmaker is candid with his shortcomings and those of others (i.e. Daryl Hannah, Charlie Sheen, etc.). As always, Stone delivers the goods, offering all kinds of fascinating insights into the making of the film.
Reviewed by Mr Bungle on May 28th, 2015:Find all reviews by Mr Bungle
This is Stone at his best! Highly recommended!
Reviewed by grimjack on February 27th, 2024:Find all reviews by grimjack
A little all over the place, but in a good way. Stone branches out a lot talking about his own history on Wall Street because that is what his father did for over 30 years. About how he struggled for a decade to get any of his screenplays made, and he wrote at least two a year. About how Platoon went a little bit to Charlie Sheens and his head in some ways. How he turned down Tom Cruise for the role because he had promised it to Charlie. How hard he worked at recreating the Wall Street type sets with all the real computers and thousands of feet of wires. (And all this is in maybe the first 20 minutes!)

But he mostly comes back to his father, and his own experiences temporarily working in finance, several times through the commentary.

He spends some time explaining scenes that he thought was never obvious to everybody. And he is right, as I missed some of the details he brings up.

This was recorded at least 15 years later because he mentioned Any Given Sunday more than once, because some of the same actors appear in both.

He felt he rediscovered Terence Stamp, whom he lived but thought he disappeared from films for a while. He also talked for a bit about Sean Young saying she would have been the better actress in Daryl Hannahs role, and said said so the first time she walked on the set, in front of Daryl, which got him quite angry, but he admits long after the fact that she was right. And that Daryl never approved of her character, so she never felt real playing her.

And he spends a lot of time talking about the minor actors, and even just friends of his that he used in the background. Overall though, this is a very good commentary, explaining a lot, talking about the history of filming, noticing things that came out better than he hoped, and the bits that did not.