Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

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As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader's mentor.
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Cast: Carey Mulligan, Harry Kerrigan, Michael Douglas, Richard Stratton

Crew: Oliver Stone (Director), Rodrigo Prieto (Director of Photography), Craig Armstrong (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 24 Sep 2010 (India)

Tagline: Gordon never gives up

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Did you know? To help him get into character, Shia LaBeouf chose to stay thin as he had noticed that a lot of hedge funders were physically very slight. Read More
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Gordon never gives up
Revealing Mistakes
In the scenes in which MSNBC is on the television, the Dow Jones Average shown on the ribbon at the top of the TV screen is the same throughout the movie, even when the market drops "777" points at the nadir of the financial crisis, the average is still over 11,000. The average dipped below 7,000 in the real world in the time frame of the film.

Revealing Mistakes
In a scene where Gordon Gekko and Jake Moore are riding in a cab, it shows the cab driving for quite a long time before showing the meter, which only reads $2.90. Given that New York cab meters start at $2.50 and would increase to $2.90 after only 1/5 of a mile, it is apparent that the meter was either not really running or shot at a different time in the cab ride than was shown in the movie.

Revealing Mistakes
When Jake Moore first enters Gordon Gekko's apartment, a white actor's position mark is visible on the floor.

Errors in Geography
The scene which allegedly shows Zurich, Switzerland was obviously not shot there. Zurich trams are blue, not red. (It was shot in Prague.)

Crew/Equipment Visible
In several of the close-up shots of Jake on his motorcycle you can clearly see a dolly with the camera crew in the reflection in Jake's helmet visor.

(at around 9 mins) As Gekko and Moore are walking around the Zoo/Park the length, and shape, of the back of Gekko's hair changes from camera angle to camera angle.

When Jim Cramer's show comes on TV, the banner on the screen incorrectly says "HYDA," and in the next shot it appears correctly as HYDRA.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When he hands the Chinese the Johnny Walker as a gift, he does not say what the subtitles indicates as "This is for you -- American Whiskey". What he says is actually translated as "I think you will like this".

Character Error
When Jake Gives a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label to the Chinese investor, he says: "This is for you - American Whisky." Johnny Walker is and always has been Scottish.

Character Error
As Winnie was signing the paperwork for the 100 million in Zurich, she printed her name where it said to sign.

Character Error
In the final scene, on the roof top terrace, there are 'photos' being taken. Briefly an 'in-camera' view pops up and displays the ISO as 3200. In daylight you would normally be at roughly ISO 200, ISO 3200 would only be used in the absolute darkest situations. The resulting image would've been overexposed. ISO refers to the sensitivity of the camera's sensor to pick up light - the higher the number, the more light it lets in.
When the film was released, Shia LaBeouf told a story about a disagreement he had with Oliver Stone over a line. He told the press: "We're in the Adirondacks, and Josh Brolin and I are shooting this bike scene. And at one point I say to Josh a line - 'You should look at yourself in the mirror first and see yourself. It might scare you. I looked at the line for a couple of months and thought I'd go to Oliver and say, 'You look at the mirror and look at yourself. It's sort of repetitive. Why don't we just cut one of those? Why don't I say, Look at yourself. It might scare you.' Stone looked at him and calmly replied 'I like mirror. I wrote Scarface (1983). Go fuck yourself.'"

Shia LaBeouf became so interested in trading that he began studying for his Series 7 Exam, earning his broker's license.

In preparation for his role, Shia LaBeouf worked extensively with traders and researchers on the world of finance and economy. He even invested 20,000 dollars, and ended up making more than 400,000 dollars. A few people who trained him were later arrested for illegal acts of trading.

Eli Wallach improvised his character's whistle.

The first sequel to an Oliver Stone film.

Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, and Sylvia Miles reprise their roles from Wall Street (1987), and Oliver Stone again makes a cameo.

Like the original Wall Street (1987), the sequel is set historically two years prior to the date of its release.

Oliver Stone originally wanted Carey Mulligan to have long hair in the film and was somewhat dismayed to discover that she had cropped hair in real life. He wanted her to wear a wig but she refused, saying that it would affect her performance. Eventually she was able to persuade him to let her play the part with short hair.

According to Shia LaBeouf, 90% of the people that he met during research had gotten into economics and stocks because of Gordon Gekko's legacy. LaBeouf remarked that he would make deals with people, that if they helped him out, LaBeouf would introduce them to Michael Douglas.

The "Money Never Sleeps" subtitle comes from the original Wall Street (1987). Gekko calls Bud early one morning, and after Bud answers the phone, Gekko says: "Money never sleeps..."

Oliver Stone rang the NASDAQ opening bell on September 20, 2010 to celebrate the film's New York premiere.

The first Oliver Stone film to appear at Cannes. Stone's earlier films Natural Born Killers (1994) and U Turn (1997) had been rejected. After screening the film at Cannes, Stone responded to the reception by making some changes to the ending.

Gekko's line "You stop telling lies about me, I'll stop telling the truth about you" is lifted from American politician Adlai Stevenson's famous quote: "I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them."

Bill Clark is based on Henry Paulson who was Treasury Secretary under the George W. Bush Administration when the financial crisis occurred. Similarly, the New York Federal Reserve Head played by Jason Clarke is clearly modeled on Timothy Geithner who held that position in real life in 2008 before succeeding Paulson as Treasury Secretary.

The fictional bank Churchill Schwartz is based on both Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan/Chase.In real life, J. P. Morgan/Chase originally purchased Bear Stearns for two dollars per share on the direction of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, only to be later changed to ten dollars per share. Frank Langella's character Louis Zabel was told he would initially receive the same amount for his company during the scene of New York Federal Reserve meeting. Also, Louis Zabel accuses Bretton James, of exacting revenge for refusing to bail out James' Churchill Schwartz during the market crash of 2000. This is loosely based off Bear Stearns decision not to assist Goldman Sachs and other investment banks to do the same for infamous hedge fund Long Term Capital Management following the Russian bond default in 1998.

A photo of Kirk Douglas (Michael Douglas' father) can be seen in the scene at London's tailor. When Gekko is talking through the phone, arranging meetings with high society, the photo appears on the wall behind Gekko's back, apparently in "notable customers" gallery.

Michael Douglas's Golden Globe nomination marks the first Golden Globe nomination for an Oliver Stone film since Nixon (1995).

To help him get into character, Shia LaBeouf chose to stay thin as he had noticed that a lot of hedge funders were physically very slight.

Note that the opening scene - Gordon gets out of prison, gets his money clip with no money in it, his Cartier watch and quote mobile phone unquote back and does not get a limo - is stylistically quite different from the rest of the movie. That is because it was written in December 2000 by a German creative director, Jan Geschke, who was producing the only European commercials Michael Douglas ever agreed to for the stock market branch of Commerzbank AG, Comdirect, as the pilot for a series of commercials celebrating the return of Gordon Gecko from prison with 86 million dollars acquired through online trading by WAP phone from behind bars. The script was handed to Oliver Stone on January, 15th, in the bar of the Del Mar hotel in Santa Monica, Cal., when discussing the possibility of him directing 6 commercials. Quote "If I ever do a sequel, I'll start with this." End of quote. Michael did not agree to the ad agency's choice of director, Oliver did not wish to become involved with ad work, Harald Zwart was chosen as director for the shooting of 6 different commercials which had become necessary when the bank client realized "That Gordon Gecko is a CRIMINAL!" The original script rested with Oliver Stone until he decided to use it.

Title was originally "Money Never Sleeps". When Oliver Stone signed on to direct, he added "Wall Street 2" to the title. Later the numeral was dropped, since Stone wanted the film to be seen as both a sequel and a stand alone story.

Stanley Weiser, original writer for Wall Street (1987), was previously attached to the project. However, his involvement with the sequel fell through due to creative differences. His script involved Gekko getting involved with the Chinese markets. After the 2008 financial crisis, 20th Century Fox ordered the script to be rewritten to include current events. At the time Oliver Stone was steadfastly declining to return as director, and Weiser didn't want to be involved if Stone wasn't going to direct, so he dropped out. Later Stone was given a new draft by Allan Loeb and decided to direct after all.

Zabel's firm is based on both Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. Like Bear Stearns CEO Jimmy Cayne, Zabel would threaten to declare bankruptcy only to later acquiesce to the deal. Also like Bear Stearns, Keller Zabel's New York headquarters was worth more than the initial offer of two dollars per share. Finally as was the fate of Keller Zabel, both Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers were allegedly brought down by massive short selling based on rumors of solvency issues due to each company's holdings of toxic mortgage-backed securities.

This sequel was made after a gap of twenty-three years to the original Wall Street (1987).

Jake's doorbell makes the sound of the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange.