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The Evolution of Business Movies, Part 3: Wall Street
The big daddy of films dealing with business ethics and excess, Wall Street was not only a damnation of the financial sector; it also became an unintentional recruitment video for inspiring stock traders everywhere. Although it was director Oliver Stone’s attempt at saying the opposite, the film -- and especially Gordon Gekko -- are now seen as inspiration by stockbrokers who can recite the film from beginning to end.
Gordon Gekko is back!
Gordon Gekko, the fictional character Michael Douglas portrayed as the epitome of 1980s corporate materialism, is back. Oliver Stone's sequel to his 1987 classic Wall Street begins with Gekko just emerging from prison with a lingering taste for 'the game'.