History Film / WallStreet

26th Oct '17 4:07:24 PM Njein
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** An earlier draft of the script reveals that even Larry Wildman [[spoiler:drew the line between corporate raiding and insider trading.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:When Gekko invokes a NotSoDifferent speech to Darien in an earlier draft of the script, she responds that he's incapable of understanding that money can't buy everything, especially love. Gekko thinks that she's leaving him to become on her own, but doesn't realize that she's actually leaving him for Bud.]]
17th Sep '17 10:24:34 AM Njein
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'''Bud''': So tell me, Gordon - when does it all end, huh? How many yachts can you waterski behind? How much is ''ENOUGH''?\\

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'''Bud''': So tell me, Gordon - when does it all end, huh? How many yachts can you waterski behind? How much is ''ENOUGH''?\\



'''Gordon''': ''[chuckles]'' The richest 1% of this country owns half our country's wealth, five trillion dollars. One-third of that comes from hard work, two-thirds comes from inheritance, interest-on-interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons and what I do, is stock and real estate speculation. It's bullshit. You got 90% of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create ''nothing.'' I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it. Now you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you, Buddy? It's the free market, and you're a part of it. ''[smugly]'' Yeah, you've got that killer instinct. ''[chuckles]'' Stick around pal, I've still got a lot to teach you.\\

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'''Gordon''': ''[chuckles]'' The richest 1% of this country owns half our country's wealth, five wealth: 5 trillion dollars. One-third of that comes from hard work, two-thirds comes from inheritance, interest-on-interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons and what I do, is stock and real estate speculation. It's bullshit. You got 90% of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create ''nothing.'' I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it. Now you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you, Buddy? It's the free market, and you're a part of it. ''[smugly]'' Yeah, you've got that killer instinct. ''[chuckles]'' Stick around pal, I've still got a lot to teach you.\\



** {{Greed}}. Being a CorruptCorporateExecutive, this is Gekko's biggest flaw, as he is solely driven by using Bud Fox to obtain information by illegal methods to make a quick profit. His NewEraSpeech even exemplifies his MO: "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good." [[spoiler:And it ultimately costs him his career, family and reputation, [[Film/WallStreetMoneyNeverSleeps as shown in the beginning of the sequel]].]]

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** {{Greed}}. Being a CorruptCorporateExecutive, this is Gekko's biggest flaw, as he Gekko is solely driven by using greed as he uses Bud Fox to obtain information by illegal methods to make a quick profit. His NewEraSpeech even exemplifies his MO: "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good." [[spoiler:And it ultimately costs him his career, family and reputation, [[Film/WallStreetMoneyNeverSleeps as shown in the beginning of the sequel]].]]



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* PerpWalk: [[spoiler:Bud after he's arrested for insider trading.]]

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* PerpWalk: [[spoiler:Bud [[spoiler:Bud, after he's arrested for insider trading.]]



-->'''Gekko''': [[spoiler:''[still smug]'' You sandbagged me on Bluestar, huh? ''[chuckles again]'' I guess you think you taught the teacher a lesson, that the tail can wag the dog, huh? ''[sighs while crushing his cigarette with his foot]'' Well let me clue you in, pal. The ''ice'' is melting right underneath your feet. ''[suddenly punches Bud and grabs him by the collar]'' Did you think you could've gotten this far this fast with anybody else, huh? You think you'd be out there dicking someone like Darien? No. You'd be cold-calling widows and dentists trying to buy 20 shares of some fucking dog-shit stock. I took you in. ''[hits Bud a 2nd time]'' '''A NOBODY!''' ''[hits him again]'' I opened the doors for you. I showed you how the system works. The value of information, how to '''get it!''' Fulham Oil, Brant Resources, Geodynamics. And this is how you fucking ''pay me back,'' '''you cockroach!''' ''[hits him a 4th time, but the force of the hit knocks Bud into the ground.]'' '''''[[VillainousBreakdown I GAVE YOU DARIEN! I GAVE YOU YOUR MANHOOD, I GAVE YOU EVERYTHING!]]''''' ''[calms down, then tosses a handkerchief to Bud to clean off the blood on his lip]'' You could have been one of the great ones, Buddy. I look at you, and I see myself. Why?]]\\

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-->'''Gekko''': [[spoiler:''[still smug]'' You sandbagged me on Bluestar, huh? ''[chuckles again]'' I guess you think you taught the teacher a lesson, that the tail can wag the dog, huh? ''[sighs while crushing his cigarette with his foot]'' Well let me clue you in, pal. The ''ice'' is melting right underneath your feet. ''[suddenly punches Bud and grabs him by the collar]'' Did you think you could've gotten this far this fast with anybody else, huh? You think you'd be out there dicking someone like Darien? No. You'd be cold-calling widows and dentists trying to buy 20 shares of some fucking dog-shit stock. I took you in. ''[hits Bud a 2nd time]'' '''A NOBODY!''' ''[hits him again]'' I opened the doors for you. I showed you how the system works. The value of information, how to '''get it!''' Fulham Oil, Brant Resources, Geodynamics. And this is how you fucking ''pay me back,'' '''you cockroach!''' '''[[VillainousBreakdown you cockroach!]]''' ''[hits him a 4th time, but the force of the hit knocks Bud into the ground.]'' '''''[[VillainousBreakdown I GAVE YOU DARIEN! I GAVE YOU YOUR MANHOOD, I GAVE YOU EVERYTHING!]]''''' ''[calms down, then tosses a handkerchief to Bud to clean off the blood on his lip]'' You could have been one of the great ones, Buddy. I look at you, and I see myself. Why?]]\\



* SuddenlyShouting[=/=]PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler:Near the climax, Gekko dumps his remaining interest in Bluestar, only to learn on the evening news that the shares have been picked up at a lower price by Sir Lawrence Wildman, who will become the airline's new majority shareholder. Gekko's reaction changes from confusion to extreme rage as he smashes a paperweight in anger when he realizes that this was engineered by Bud Fox. Cue VillainousBreakdown below.]]

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* SuddenlyShouting[=/=]PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler:Near the climax, Gekko dumps his remaining interest in Bluestar, only to learn on the evening news that the shares have been picked up at a lower price by Sir Lawrence Wildman, who will become the airline's new majority shareholder. Gekko's reaction changes from confusion to extreme rage as he smashes a paperweight in anger when he realizes that this was engineered concocted by Bud Fox. Cue VillainousBreakdown below.]]



* TheSocialDarwinist: Gordon Gekko's philosophy is Social Darwinism of the economic kind. Several of his quotes are [[YouFailEconomicsForever "It's a Zero Sum game]], somebody wins, somebody loses" or "In my book you either do it right or you get eliminated". His entire "Greed is good" speech is of Social Darwinist nature. However, he only applies this trope to companies: weak people don't die, they just don't succeed in business, which is a fairly basic tenet of capitalism. Of course, he's [[{{Hypocrite}} more than willing to cheat to win]] if he can't succeed on pure talent (although, given his character, he'd probably just attribute that to his ''intellectual'' superiority).

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* TheSocialDarwinist: Gordon Gekko's philosophy is Social Darwinism of the economic kind. Several of his quotes are [[YouFailEconomicsForever "It's a Zero Sum game]], somebody wins, somebody loses" or "In my book you either do it right or you get eliminated". His entire "Greed is good" speech is of Social Darwinist TheSocialDarwinist nature. However, he only applies this trope to companies: weak people don't die, they just don't succeed in business, which is a fairly basic tenet of capitalism. Of course, he's [[{{Hypocrite}} more than willing to cheat under-handed ways to win]] if he can't succeed on pure talent (although, given his character, he'd probably just attribute that to his ''intellectual'' superiority).



* VictoryIsBoring: After winning the takeover battle, Gordon complains about how difficult it has been to turn around Teldar even after he's fired most of the management. For that reason, he initially rebuffs Bud's suggestion that he buy and turn around [=BlueStar=].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Near the climax, Gekko dumps his remaining interest in Bluestar, only to learn on the evening news that the shares have been picked up at a lower price by Sir Lawrence Wildman, who will become the airline's new majority shareholder. Realizing that Bud engineered the entire scheme, he physically assaults his former protege, berating his ingratitude for several of their illegal business transactions (including Bluestar). Cue TheReasonYouSuckSpeech trope above.]]

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* VictoryIsBoring: After winning the takeover battle, Gordon complains about how difficult it has been to turn around Teldar even after he's fired most of the management. For that reason, he initially rebuffs Bud's suggestion that he buy and turn around at buying [=BlueStar=].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Near [[spoiler:Near the climax, Gekko dumps his remaining interest in Bluestar, only to learn on the evening news that the shares have been picked up at a lower price by Sir Lawrence Wildman, who will become the airline's new majority shareholder. Realizing that Bud engineered the entire scheme, he physically assaults his former protege, berating his ingratitude for several of their illegal business transactions (including Bluestar). Cue TheReasonYouSuckSpeech trope above.]]
14th Sep '17 10:43:39 AM Njein
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Bud saves the airline, but is facing a jail term. Likewise, the airline workers have staved off unemployment, but are facing wage cutbacks.]] The sequel reveals that [[spoiler:once Bud gets out of jail, he takes up the job at Bluestar that Mr. Wildman offered him. Bud proceeds to turn it into one of the most successful airlines in the country and retires a rich man.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Bud [[spoiler:Bud saves the airline, but is facing a jail term. Likewise, the airline workers have staved off unemployment, but are facing wage cutbacks.]] The But the sequel reveals that [[spoiler:once Bud gets out of jail, does his stint, he takes up the job at Bluestar that Mr. Wildman offered him. Bud him, proceeds to turn it into one of the most successful airlines in the country and retires a rich man.]]



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Gordon

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: GordonGordon Gekko. The guy's NewEraSpeech even exemplifies his MO: "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good."
11th Sep '17 4:48:24 AM Owlorange1995
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* OriginalPositionFallacy: Gordon proudly supports the idea of "survival of the fittest", but only as long as ''he's'' the fittest. He's driven into a VillainousBreakdown when Bud [[spoiler:beats him at his own game and cheats him out of his control of Bluestar.]]
28th Aug '17 12:58:11 PM Njein
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-->'''Gekko''': [[spoiler:''[still smug]'' You sandbagged me on Bluestar, huh? ''[chuckles again]'' I guess you think you taught the teacher a lesson, that the tail can wag the dog, huh? ''[sighs while crushing his cigarette with his foot]'' Well let me clue you in, pal. The ''ice'' is melting right underneath your feet. ''[suddenly punches Bud and grabs him by the collar]'' Did you think you could've gotten this far this fast with anybody else, huh? You think you'd be out there dicking someone like Darien? No. You'd be cold-calling widows and dentists trying to buy 20 shares of some fucking dog-shit stock. I took you in. ''[hits Bud a 2nd time]'' '''A NOBODY!''' ''[hits him again]'' I opened the doors for you. I showed you how the system works. The value of information, how to '''get it!''' Fulham Oil, Brant Resources, Geodynamics. And this is how you fucking ''pay me back,'' '''you cockroach!''' ''[hits him a 4th time, but the force of the hit knocks Bud into the ground.]'' '''''I GAVE YOU DARIEN! I GAVE YOU YOUR MANHOOD, I GAVE YOU EVERYTHING!''''' ''[calms down, then tosses a handkerchief to Bud to clean off the blood on his lip]'' You could have been one of the great ones, Buddy. I look at you, and I see myself. Why?]]\\

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-->'''Gekko''': [[spoiler:''[still smug]'' You sandbagged me on Bluestar, huh? ''[chuckles again]'' I guess you think you taught the teacher a lesson, that the tail can wag the dog, huh? ''[sighs while crushing his cigarette with his foot]'' Well let me clue you in, pal. The ''ice'' is melting right underneath your feet. ''[suddenly punches Bud and grabs him by the collar]'' Did you think you could've gotten this far this fast with anybody else, huh? You think you'd be out there dicking someone like Darien? No. You'd be cold-calling widows and dentists trying to buy 20 shares of some fucking dog-shit stock. I took you in. ''[hits Bud a 2nd time]'' '''A NOBODY!''' ''[hits him again]'' I opened the doors for you. I showed you how the system works. The value of information, how to '''get it!''' Fulham Oil, Brant Resources, Geodynamics. And this is how you fucking ''pay me back,'' '''you cockroach!''' ''[hits him a 4th time, but the force of the hit knocks Bud into the ground.]'' '''''I '''''[[VillainousBreakdown I GAVE YOU DARIEN! I GAVE YOU YOUR MANHOOD, I GAVE YOU EVERYTHING!''''' EVERYTHING!]]''''' ''[calms down, then tosses a handkerchief to Bud to clean off the blood on his lip]'' You could have been one of the great ones, Buddy. I look at you, and I see myself. Why?]]\\
11th Aug '17 11:46:09 AM Njein
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* TheSocialDarwinist: Gordon Gekko's philosophy is Social Darwinism of the economic kind. Several of his quotes are [[YouFailEconomicsForever "It's a Zero Sum game]], somebody wins, somebody loses" or "In my book you either do it right or you get eliminated". His entire "Greed is good" speech is of Social Darwinist nature. However, he only applies this trope to companies: weak people don't die, they just don't succeed in business, which is a fairly basic tenet of capitalism. Of course, he's [[{{Hypocrite}} more than willing to cheat to win]] if he can't succeed on pure talent (although, given his character, he'd probably just attribute that to his ''intellectual'' superiority).
6th Aug '17 4:49:59 PM kquinn0830
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Bud saves the airline, but is facing a jail term. Likewise, the airline workers have staved off unemployment, but are facing wage cutbacks.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Bud saves the airline, but is facing a jail term. Likewise, the airline workers have staved off unemployment, but are facing wage cutbacks.]] The sequel reveals that [[spoiler:once Bud gets out of jail, he takes up the job at Bluestar that Mr. Wildman offered him. Bud proceeds to turn it into one of the most successful airlines in the country and retires a rich man.]]
23rd Jul '17 6:06:39 AM Njein
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** {{Greed}}. Being a CorruptCorporateExecutive, this is Gekko's biggest flaw, as he is solely driven by using Bud Fox to obtain information by illegal methods to make a quick profit. His NewEraSpeech even exemplifies his MO: "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good."

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** {{Greed}}. Being a CorruptCorporateExecutive, this is Gekko's biggest flaw, as he is solely driven by using Bud Fox to obtain information by illegal methods to make a quick profit. His NewEraSpeech even exemplifies his MO: "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good."" [[spoiler:And it ultimately costs him his career, family and reputation, [[Film/WallStreetMoneyNeverSleeps as shown in the beginning of the sequel]].]]
23rd Jul '17 6:01:07 AM Njein
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** {{Greed}}. Being a CorruptCorporateExecutive, this is Gekko's biggest flaw, as he is solely driven by using Bud Fox to obtain information by illegal methods to make a quick profit. His NewEraSpeech even exemplifies his MO: "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good."



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:When Bud learns that Gekko plans to drive Bluestar Airlines into bankruptcy (and leave his father and the entire Bluestar staff unemployed), he is angered by Gekko's deceit, and racked with the guilt of being an accessory to Bluestar's destruction. Bud chooses his father over his mentor and resolves to disrupt Gekko's plans by devising a plan to drive up Bluestar's stock before manipulating it back down.]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:When Bud learns that Gekko plans to drive Bluestar Airlines into bankruptcy (and leave his father and the entire Bluestar staff unemployed), he is angered by Gekko's deceit, and racked with the guilt of being an accessory to Bluestar's destruction. Bud chooses his father over his mentor and resolves to disrupt Gekko's plans by devising concocting a plan to drive up Bluestar's stock before manipulating it back down.]]
23rd May '17 4:37:39 AM Njein
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Bud learns that Gekko plans to drive Bluestar Airlines into bankruptcy (and leave his father and the entire Bluestar staff unemployed), he is angered by Gekko's deceit, and racked with the guilt of being an accessory to Bluestar's destruction. Bud chooses his father over his mentor and resolves to disrupt Gekko's plans by devising a plan to drive up Bluestar's stock before manipulating it back down.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When [[spoiler:When Bud learns that Gekko plans to drive Bluestar Airlines into bankruptcy (and leave his father and the entire Bluestar staff unemployed), he is angered by Gekko's deceit, and racked with the guilt of being an accessory to Bluestar's destruction. Bud chooses his father over his mentor and resolves to disrupt Gekko's plans by devising a plan to drive up Bluestar's stock before manipulating it back down.]]



* [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Nice Job Fixing It, Gordon]]: [[spoiler:Good luck, Gordon. You unknowingly spilled the beans on your own crimes and sealed your own fate to a long prison sentence, thanks to a HiddenWire Bud was wearing during your final confrontation with him.]]

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* [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Nice Job Fixing It, Gordon]]: NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:Good luck, Gordon. You unknowingly spilled the beans on your own crimes and sealed your own fate to a long prison sentence, thanks to a HiddenWire Bud was wearing during your final confrontation with him.]]



* VictoryIsBoring: After winning the takeover battle, Gordon complains about how difficult it has been to turn around Teldar even after he's fired most of the management. For that reason he initially rebuffs Bud's suggestion that he buy and turn around [=BlueStar=].

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* VictoryIsBoring: After winning the takeover battle, Gordon complains about how difficult it has been to turn around Teldar even after he's fired most of the management. For that reason reason, he initially rebuffs Bud's suggestion that he buy and turn around [=BlueStar=].
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