SYNOPSIS

Tired of the view from his one-bedroom apartment, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) dreams of the luxury and power at the pinnacle of Wall Street investment banking. Charming his way into the tutelage of Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), the best of the best, Fox is soon rubbing shoulders with “friends” in the highest places. But in a world that values high-risk greed over low-yield ethics, Fox will soon find himself in a most precarious position… one that will pit him against his mentor in a winner-takes-all contest that neither can afford to lose.

  • "

    The most enjoyable movie of the year… sensationally entertaining.

    " - DAVID DENBY, New York Magazine

CREDITS

  • Director:

    Oliver Stone

  • Screenplay:

    Oliver Stone, Stanley Weiser

  • Cast:

    Michael Douglas

    ,

    Charlie Sheen

    ,

    Martin Sheen

    ,

    Daryl Hannah

    ,

    Terrence Stamp

    ,

    Sean Young

    ,

    Hal Holbrook

    ,

    John C. McGinley

    ,

    Tamara Tunie

    ,

    Chuck Pfeifer

    ,

    James Spader

  • Producer: Edward R. Pressman

  • Associate Producer: Michael Flynn

  • Co-Producer: A. Kitman Ho

  • Distributor:

    20th Century Fox

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  • The first feature film to demonstrate the use of a cordless portable phone, i.e. a cellphone. Source: Imdb

  • The original name for Charlie Sheen's character was Joe Fox. However, there was a real Wall Street trader called just that who refused to have his name used. Source: Imdb

  • Originally Oliver Stone was going to make a film about the 1950s quiz show scandals. However, in tossing around ideas with his friend Stanley Weiser, he hit on the notion of making a film about Wall Street instead. Weiser was not so sure about this, knowing next to nothing about the financial markets. Stone encouraged him to read Crime and Punishment and The Great Gatsby for an idea of the morality he wanted to put into the story, while Weiser spent the next few months immersing himself in the financial world. He and Stone spent three weeks visiting brokerage houses and interviewing investors. Source: Imdb

  • "Greed... is good." was voted as the #70 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007. Source: Imdb

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Reversal of Fortune (1990)

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SYNOPSIS

Did European aristocrat Claus von Bülow (Jeremy Irons) try to murder his wife Sunny (Glenn Close) at their luxurious Newport mansion in 1980? Tabloids of the day had their opinions. “You have one thing in your favor,” defense attorney Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver) told von Bülow. “Everybody hates you.” Based on the book by Alan Dershowitz.

  • "

    The brilliantly elegant Reversal Of Fortune is perhaps the most potent screen satire of the upper class since Citizen Kane.

    " - DAVID DENBY, New York Magazine

CREDITS

  • Director: Barbet Schroeder
  • Screenplay:

    Nicholas Kazan

  • Cast:

    Glenn Close

    ,

    Jeremy Irons

    ,

    Ron Silver

    ,

    Christine Baranski

    ,

    Uta Hagen

    ,

    Fisher Stevens

    ,

    Felicity Huffman

    ,

    Annabella Sciorra

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Oliver Stone

  • Executive Producer: Michael Rauch

  • Co-Producer: Nicholas Kazan, Elon Dershowitz

  • Associate Producers: Diane Schneier, Michael Flynn

  • Distributor:

    Warner Bros.

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    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jeremy Irons)/Academy Awards, 1991

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Drama (Jeremy Irons)/Golden Globes, 1991

  • Nominated:
  • Best Director (Barbet Schroeder), Best Screenplay, Writing Based on Material from Another Medium (Nicholas Kazan)/Academy Awards, 1991

  • Best Motion Picture—Drama, Best Director (Barbet Schroeder), Best Screenplay—Motion Picture (Nicholas Kazan)/Golden Globes, 1991

  • Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Nicholas Kazan)/Writers Guild of America, 1991

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SYNOPSIS

In David Mamet’s cinema, nothing is as it seems—so you better know what you’re looking for. Unfortunately, the protagonist of Mamet’s nightmarish urban odyssey Homicide, inner-city police detective Bobby Gold (Joe Mantegna), is as bewildered about who he is as who (or what) he’s after. Gold’s investigation, following the murder of an elderly Jewish candy-shop owner, leads him down a path of obscure encounters and clues, to a profound reckoning with his own identity. Filled with Mamet’s trademark verbal play and featuring standout supporting performances from William H. Macy, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Pidgeon, Homicide is a taut, rich work from a true American original.

CREDITS

  • Director: David Mamet
  • Screenplay:

    David Mamet

  • Cast:

    Joe Mantegna

    ,

    William H. Macy

    ,

    Ving Rhames

    ,

    Rebecca Pidgeon

    ,

    Natalija Nogulich

    ,

    Ricky Jay

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Michael Hausman

  • Executive Producers: Ron Rotholz

  • Associate Producers: Andy Armstrong, Matthew Carlisle

  • Distributor:

    Triumph Releasing Corporation

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SYNOPSIS

The portrait of Union leader James R. Hoffa (Jack Nicholson) as seen through the eyes of his friend, Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito). The film follows Hoffa through his countless battles with the RTA, President Roosevelt, and all the way to a conclusion that theorizes Hoffa’s disappearance in 1975.

  • "

    The boldness of director Danny DeVito’s violent epic is matched by Nicholson’s astonishing physical and vocal transformation into Jimmy Hoffa.

    " - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

CREDITS

  • Director: Danny DeVito
  • Screenplay:

    David Mamet

  • Cast:

    Jack Nicholson

    ,

    John C. Riley

    ,

    Armand Assante

    ,

    JT Walsh

    ,

    Frank Whaley

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Caldecot Chubb, Danny DeVito

  • Executive Producer: Joseph Isgro

  • Associate Producers: Wm. Barclay Malcolm, David Mamet

  • Co-Producers: Harold Schneider

  • Distributor:

    20th Century Fox

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SYNOPSIS

City Hall follows a web of intrigue after a young boy dies from a stray bullet during a shootout between a cop and a member of the mob. The mobster had been ‘suspiciously’ paroled, only to break the terms of his sentence, leading New York’s Deputy Mayor, Kevin Calhoun (Cusack), in a search for the truth.

  • "

    …a timely and smartly entertaining political drama. Pacino at his spellbinding best.

    " - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

CREDITS

  • Director: Harold Becker
  • Screenplay:

    Paul Schrader, Ken Lipper, Nicholas Pilegi, Bo Goldman

  • Cast:

    Al Pacino

    ,

    John Cusack

    ,

    Bridget Fonda

    ,

    Danny Aiello

    ,

    Martin Landau

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Harold Becker, Charles Mulvehill, Ken Lipper

  • Associate Producers: Elizabeth Carroll, Thomas J Mack

  • Distributor:

    Castle Rock Entertainment

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SYNOPSIS

Film star Matty (Matthew Modine) leaves Hollywood to settle down with his girlfriend, Annie (Béatrice Dalle) in Miami. When Annie leaves him, Matty’s pal Mickey (Dennis Hopper) sets him up with another woman named Annie (Sarah Lassez). After Mickey films the two interacting as if it was the same relationship as the first Annie, Matty blacks out. Months later he is sober, living in New York with a new woman (Claudia Schiffer). But when he returns to Miami, he is plagued with memories of killing Annie while drunk. He resolves to discover exactly what did happen that night.

CREDITS

  • Director: Abel Ferrara
  • Screenplay:

    Abel Ferrara, Marla Hanson, Christ Zois

  • Cast:

    Mathew Modine

    ,

    Claudia Schiffer

    ,

    Dennis Hopper

    ,

    Béatrice Dalle

    ,

    Sarah Lassez

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Clayton Townsend

  • Executive Producer: Alessandro Camon, Mark Damon Gianni Nunnari (Co-Executive Producer), Meir Teper (Co-Executive Producer)

  • Co-Producers: Michel Chambat, Pierre Kalfon

  • Associate Producer: Jay Cannold

  • Distributor:

    Trimark Pictures

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Two Girls and a Guy (1998)

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SYNOPSIS

They’re as different as they are beautiful, but Carla (Heather Graham) and Lou (Natasha Gregson Wagner) have more in common than meets the eye. Each brags that she has the world’s greatest boyfriend—until both realize they’re talking about the same guy. Sparks fly when the two girls team up to confront their lying, two-timing lover. Robert Downey Jr. is Blake Allen, the arrogant, self-absorbed actor who gets a double dose of girl trouble in this wildly provocative look at love, lust and sexual commitment.

CREDITS

  • Director: James Toback
  • Screenplay:

    James Toback

  • Cast:

    Robert Downey Jr.

    ,

    Heather Graham

    ,

    Natasha Gregson Wagner

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Chris Hanley

  • Associate Producers: Daniel Bigel, Michael Mailer

  • Line Producer: Gretchen McGowan

  • Distributor:

    Fox Searchlight Pictures

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SYNOPSIS

Yuppy Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) spends his days in a numbing world of status-symbol on Wall Street. Though, come nightfall, he breaks out with smirking explosions of homicide, accomplished with the fastidious care of a hopeless obsessive. Based on the book by Bret Easton Ellis.

  • "

    …a chic blend of satire, comedy and horror anchored in a star-making performance by Christian Bale.

    " - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

CREDITS

  • Director: Mary Harron
  • Screenplay:

    Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner

  • Cast:

    Christian Bale

    ,

    Willem Dafoe

    ,

    Reese Witherspoon

    ,

    Josh Lucas

    ,

    Jared Leto

    ,

    Chloë Sevigny

    ,

    Justin Theroux

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Christian Halsey Solomon, Chris Hanley

  • Executive Producer: Joseph Drake, Michael Paseornek, Jeff Sackman

  • Co-Producers: Ernie Barbarash, Alessandro Camon, Clifford Streit, Rob Weis

  • Distributor:

    Lions Gate Films

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SYNOPSIS

A Columbia University journalist (Sigourney Weaver) spends an afternoon with a fire captain (Anthony LaPaglia) to help him write eulogies for guys from his firehouse who have just died in the World Trade Center collapse. An emotional journey in search of solace, The Guys pays tribute to the brave men who gave their lives on September 11th and explores with an intimate eye the complex feelings affecting those left behind. Based on the play by Anne Nelson.

  • "

    The Guys is a devastatingly straightforward chamber piece that goes straight to the heart of what this city was feeling in the days right after Sept. 11.

    " - LOU LUMENICK, New York Post

CREDITS

  • Director: Jim Simpson
  • Screenplay:

    Anne Nelson (play, screenplay), Jim Simpson (screenplay)

  • Cast:

    Sigourney Weaver

    ,

    Anthony LaPaglia

  • Producers: Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, John Schmidt, Bonnie Timmermann

  • Associate Producer: Salomon Gill

  • Co-Producer: Gretchen McGowan

  • Distributor:

    Focus Features

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SYNOPSIS

In this true story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian History, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Dan Mahowny, a mild-mannered bank manager with a nasty gambling habit and a job that gives him access to a $20 million account. When a major losing streak leaves him busted and unable to cover his loses, Mahowny develops an ingenious plan to play the bank against the casino. But with time running out and the odds stacked against him, obsession becomes compulsion and the thrill of the best is quickly replaced with a primal desire to stay in the came. Based on the novel No Limit by Gary Stephen Ross.

 

  • "

    One of the great performances this year is by Philip Seymour Hoffman in Owning Mahowny.

    " - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

CREDITS

  • Director: Richard Kwietniowski
  • Screenplay:

    Maurice Chauvet

  • Cast:

    Philip Seymour Hoffman

    ,

    Minnie Driver

    ,

    John Hurt

  • Producers: Alessandro Camon, Andras Hamori, Seaton McLean

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Sean Furst

  • Co-Producers: Bradley Adams, Damon Bryant, Victoria Hirst

  • Distributor:

    Sony Pictures Classics

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SYNOPSIS

Based on the true story of Michael Alig (Macaulay Culkin), a club kid and party promoter at New York City’s infamous Limelight Club in the early 1990s. At the height of his prominence, Michael had his own record label, magazine, and an ever-increasing drug habit. As his addictions grew worse, his lifestyle and party themes became darker and more twisted, ultimately reaching a tragic crescendo when he murdered his drug dealer by injecting him with Drano and throwing him in the East River. The power he wielded on the club scene made Alig feel so untouchable that he proudly boasted of the murder. Both the press and police thought it was a publicity stunt … until the body washed ashore. Based on the book by James St. James.

  • "

    A real-life horror show of beautiful people, which is visually striking and disturbing all at once.

    " - E! Online

CREDITS

  • Director: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
  • Screenplay:

    Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato

  • Cast:

    Macauley Culkin

    ,

    Seth Green

    ,

    Chloë Sevigny

    ,

    Dylan McDermott

    ,

    Mia Kirshner

    ,

    Diana Scarwid

    ,

    Natasha Lyonne

    ,

    Marilyn Manson

  • Producers: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Jon Marcus, Bradford Simpson, Christine Vachon

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Wouter Barendrecht, John Schmidt, Sofia Sondervan, John Wells, Michael J. Werner

  • Associate Producer: Thairin Smothers

  • Distributor:

    Strand Releasing

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SYNOPSIS

Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) has such devastatingly bad luck that it’s infectious — just by bumping into a hot hand, Bernie can instantaneously turn it cold. And so he does by acting as a “cooler” at the gritty Shangri-la Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas, a job forced upon him by the slippery Shelly Kaplow (Alec Baldwin), the casino’s director of operations, in order to pay off an outstanding debt. Once the debt is repaid, Bernie wants nothing more than to put Vegas behind him, much to Shelly’s dismay, since he has become reliant on Bernie’s cooling abilities. In a devious attempt to lure him to stay, Shelly throws a gorgeous waitress named Natalie (Maria Bello) his way, but the plan backfires when Bernie and Natalie end up falling for each other and Bernie’s bad luck begins to turn.

  • "

    I have worked with Ed several times, and he is the best kind of producer: he picks great scripts and great people, and he lets them work. I was in The Cooler because of Ed. He thought it was a great role for me, and after I foolishly passed on the film, he would not take no for an answer until I came to my senses. God willing, I’ll do another project with Mr. Pressman. As a matter of fact, I have a script right now that…

    " - William H. Macy,

CREDITS

  • Director: Wayne Kramer
  • Screenplay:

    Frank Hannah, Wayne Kramer

  • Cast:

    William H. Macy

    ,

    Alec Baldwin

    ,

    Maria Bello

  • Producers: Sean Furst, Michael A. Pierce

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Alessandro Camon, Robert Gryphon, Joe Madden, Brett Morrison, John Schmidt

  • Associate Producer: Andrew Busey

  • Co-Producers: Bryan Furst, Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt

  • Distributor:

    Lions Gate Films

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SYNOPSIS

Once a decent guy, Rick (Bill Pullman) now finds himself a widower faced with an arrogant boss (Aaron Stanford) who is half his age, a distant daughter (Agnes Bruckner), and a corporate job that forces him to act like the brash and sarcastic jerk he suspects he’s becoming. It’s no wonder a cocktail waitress has placed him under a curse. When an old business school buddy offers to end Rick’s woes with what seems to be a perfect plan, Rick is left to make an unconventional decision. The perfect plan is not what it seems and threatens to destroy the only decent thing in his life, leaving him alone in a hostile world. Based on Rigoletto, an opera by Verdi.

  • "

    Daniel Handler’s script has snap, crackle and pop (he’s the author of the popular lemony snicket children’s books), and Curtiss Clayton’s direction is darkly crisp.

    " - New York Post

CREDITS

  • Director: Curtiss Clayton
  • Screenplay:

    Daniel Handler

  • Cast:

    Bill Pullman

    ,

    Aaron Stanford

    ,

    Agnes Bruckner

    ,

    Sandra Oh

    ,

    Dylan Baker

    ,

    Paz de la Huerta

    ,

    Emmanuelle Chirqui

  • Producers: Ruth Charny, Jim Czarnecki, Sofia Sondervan

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, John Schmidt

  • Distributor:

    Vitagraph

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Thank You for Smoking (2006)

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SYNOPSIS

Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), Big Tobacco’s chief spokesman, cleverly works as a spin-doctor on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. Based on the book by Christopher Buckley.

  • "

    Slick, stylish, and sharp-witted, Thank You For Smoking, is an entertaining satire on contemporary morality…

    " - DAVID ROONEY, Variety

CREDITS

  • Director: Jason Reitman
  • Screenplay:

    Jason Reitman

  • Cast:

    Aaron Eckhart

    ,

    Maria Bello

    ,

    Adam Brody

    ,

    Sam Elliot

    ,

    Katie Holmes

    ,

    Rob Lowe

    ,

    William H. Macy

    ,

    Robert Duvall

  • Producer: David O Sacks

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Peter Thiel, Max Levchin, Elon Musk, Mark Woolway, Alessandro Camon, John Schmidt, Michael Beugg, David J. Bloomfield (Co-Executive Producer)

  • Associate Producers: Eveleen Bandy, Stephen Belafonte

  • Co-Producers: Daniel Brunt, Daniel Dubiecki, Mindy Marin, Michael R. Newman

  • Distributor:

    Fox Searchlight

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

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SYNOPSIS

Following a lengthy prison term, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) finds himself on the outside looking in at a world he once commanded. Hoping to repair his relationship with his daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan), Gekko forges an alliance with her fiancé, Jake (Shia LaBeouf). But Winnie and Jake learn the hard way that Gekko is still a master manipulator who will stop at nothing to reclaim his rightful place at the top of Wall Street.

CREDITS

  • Director: Oliver Stone
  • Screenplay:

    Allan Loeb, Stephen Schiff, Stanley Weiser (characters), Oliver Stone (characters)

  • Cast:

    Michael Douglas

    ,

    Shia LaBeouf

    ,

    Josh Brolin

    ,

    Carey Mulligan

    ,

    Eli Wallach

    ,

    Susan Sarandon

    ,

    Frank Langella

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Eric Kopeloff, Oliver Stone

  • Executive Producers: Celia Costas, Alex Young, Alessandro Camon

  • Distributor:

    20th Century Fox

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    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Breakthrough Performance Award (Carey Mulligan)/Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2011

  • Nominated:
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Michael Douglas)/Golden Globes, 2011

  • Excellence in Contemporary Film (Ellen Mirojnick)/Costume Designers Guild Awards, 2011

  • Choice Movie Actor, Drama (Shia LaBeouf)/Teen Choice Awards, 2011

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