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Wall Street (1987)

Oliver Stone intended his 1987 film Wall Street to be an indictment of American capitalism during the Reagan decade. However, in one of the movie’s most famous scenes, he may have inadvertently given a daily mantra to the exact people he was trying to vilify.

The scene depicts Gordon Gekko, a stockbroker played by Michael Douglas. A hybrid of Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken, he becomes mentor to a young trader named Bud Fox, played by Charlie Sheen. Gekko gives a speech in which he outlines his sentiments about greed. Basically, he’s for it. As he extols its virtues, one can almost imagine Bern ard Madoff sitting in the audience taking notes. Watch the scene here.


Photo: 20th Century Fox