Morris Kessler
Chuck Low as "Morris Kessler" in Goodfellas (1990):
What am I? A schmuck on wheels?
Wall Street (1987) 15
Wall Street - Theatrical release poster
Theatrical release poster
Tagline: Every dream has a price.
Genres: Crime | Drama
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Released: 11 December 1987 ()
Length: 126 min
Rating: 4 out of 5 4/5
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  • Michael Douglas as "Gordon Gekko" is one of the most memorable characters from the 'golden-era'. His charm, his style, his arrogance, his slick hair, and his non-stop talking! It won him an Oscar for best Leading Actor. Greed is good!
  • A year before this movie, Oliver Stone gave us his vision of Vietnam in "Platoon". 12 months later, it's his vision of Wall-Street, and it confirmed him as one of the hottest Directors in the business.
Starring: Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen and Daryl Hannah. Directed by Oliver Stone. Every dream has a price.
Gordon Gekko
The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
Bud Fox
Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.
Gordon Gekko
Cromwell
[at the Teldar Paper stockholder's meeting]Well, I appreciate the opportunity you're giving me Mr. Cromwell as the single largest shareholder in Teldar Paper, to speak. Well, ladies and gentlemen we're not here to indulge in fantasy but in political and economic reality. America, America has become a second-rate power. Its trade deficit and its fiscal deficit are at nightmare proportions. Now, in the days of the free market when our country was a top industrial power, there was accountability to the stockholder. The Carnegies, the Mellons, the men that built this great industrial empire, made sure of it because it was their money at stake. Today, management has no stake in the company! All together, these men sitting up here own less than three percent of the company. And where does Mr. Cromwell put his million-dollar salary? Not in Teldar stock; he owns less than one percent. You own the company. That's right, you, the stockholder. And you are all being royally screwed over by these, these bureaucrats, with their luncheons, their hunting and fishing trips, their corporate jets and golden parachutes.This is an outrage! You're out of line Gekko!Teldar Paper, Mr. Cromwell, Teldar Paper has 33 different vice presidents each earning over 200 thousand dollars a year. Now, I have spent the last two months analyzing what all these guys do, and I still can't figure it out. One thing I do know is that our paper company lost 110 million dollars last year, and I'll bet that half of that was spent in all the paperwork going back and forth between all these vice presidents. The new law of evolution in corporate America seems to be survival of the unfittest. Well, in my book you either do it right or you get eliminated. In the last seven deals that I've been involved with, there were 2.5 million stockholders who have made a pretax profit of 12 billion dollars. Thank you. I am not a destroyer of companies. I am a liberator of them! The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.
Roger Barnes
[Bud is just finding out about a meeting concerning Blue Star]Well, you're only the President of the company. What the hell do you know, anyway?
Gordon Gekko
Bud Fox
[Blue Star has gone from 24 to 16 1/2 in a very short time]Fox, where the hell are you? I am losing MILLIONS! You got me into this airline and you sure as hell better get me out or the only job you'll ever have on the Street is SWEEPING IT! You hear me, Fox?You once told me, don't get emotional about stock. Don't! The bid is 16 1/2 and going down. As your broker, I advise you to take it.Yeah. Well you TAKE IT!

[shouts]

*Right in the ass you fucking scumbag cocksucker!*It's two minutes to closing, Gordon. What do you want to do? Decide.[calms down] Dump it.
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