Last week I recommended the Wolf of Wall Street which is funny because the real-life protagonist in that film was inspired by the movie I'm recommending today: Wall Street.
This film is great from a marketing perspective because it demonstrates the business philosophy, high-energy, selling power and downright greed of America's greatest fictional business character: Gordon Gekko.
This is a coming-of-age story directed by Oliver Stone which features the young, ambitious Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) seeking to gain the famously successful and psychopathic Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas, as a client.
In the process, Gordon takes "Buddy" under his wing, and mentors him while gaining illegal advantages in selecting stock as Bud does his dirty work for him which eventually...never mind, I don't want to spoil it!
Despite the backdrop being the 1980s, this movie presents timeless wisdom, and entertainment. Mainly, greed is good, but it's as volatile and dangerous as emotion.
Bud's father in this film (and in real life), Carl Fox, is also his guardian angel, so to speak, and the stark contrast between him and Gordon creates a real moral challenge for Buddy.
At the end of the day, external forces play a huge part in Buddy's destiny, and he's left knowing who was right and wrong all along.
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