Festival of Films Presents Top 5 Wall Street Movies Ever Made

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In Oliver Stone’s 1987 financial drama, Wall Street, antagonist Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas, uttered these now infamous words: “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works.” Now, some 20+ years later and after one global financial meltdown, Gekko observes in the new sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: “Someone reminded me I once said ‘Greed is good.’ Now it seems it's legal.”

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In conjunction with the new release, Festival of Films, a website offering free access to online movies, is presenting a series of related films, available on demand at http://www.festival-of-films.com. These films include:

1.    Wall Street
It’s the early 1980s in New York City and Bud Fox is a hungry Wall Street broker looking to make it big. Taken under the wing of Gordon Gekko, a ruthless corporate raider, Bud finds himself swept into a world of fast cars and even faster money – an environment that puts him at odds with his blue-collar roots. Bud falls deeper and deeper under Gordon’s influence, until he finds himself in a situation where he has to decide whether big success is worth betraying his family.

2.    Boiler Room
In this film, college dropout Seth Davis isn’t living up to his father’s high expectations. So he eventually finds a job with a small Long Island brokerage house. Seth learns quickly that his new boss, Jim Young, expects him to make the sale by any means necessary – and Young is willing to pay a high price for success. Seth is good at his job, and starts making money – lots of it. But he soon discovers that his perfect job has a very dark side.

3.    Glengarry Glen Ross
What would you do to close the sale? In this film, four salesmen face this question as they compete to win a sales contest in which all but the top two salesmen will be fired. Under pressure to succeed, the characters go to great lengths, including using underhanded and dishonest tactics, to close the sale and keep their jobs.

4.    Trading Places
Mortimer and Randolph Duke are rich brokers who disagree on nature vs. nurture. To end the debate, they decide to conduct an experiment switching the lives of two people – one a common criminal and the other a successful businessman – and observe the results. However, once the two subjects become aware of the experiment, they turn the tables on the villainous brothers and exact a unique revenge.

5.    Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room
This documentary illustrates how Enron, once the 7th largest company in the U.S., plummeted into bankruptcy in less than a year, thanks to the “leadership” of company executives Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, Lou Pai, and Andy Fastow.

In addition to on demand access to these five movies, Festival of Films is also offering free access to: 10 preview clips from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; several documentaries that examine some of the biggest corporate and white-collar crimes in the U.S., including American Greed; and some of the best classic films that explore the topic of greed, such as Mr. Arkadin, directed by and starring Orson Welles.

Founded by two technology industry veterans, Tom Dolan and Andy Schupak, Festival of Films features “Movies That Make You Think. Feel. Discover,” from mainstream and classic films to documentaries and indie flicks. This site is a grassroots effort, evolving from the ground up, with the goal of building an online community for movie lovers. To learn more or to watch free films, go to http://www.festival-of-films.com.

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