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Corporations & Wall Street in Film in the Movies

American Psycho (2000)

Directed by Mary Harron. Cast: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Samantha Mathis, Matt Ross, Bill Sage, Chloe Sevigny, Cara Seymour, Justin Theroux, Guinevere Turner, Reese Witherspoon. A young, handsome man with a Harvard education, a stunning fiancee and success on Wall Street appears to have everything. But his circle of friends doesn't know his other side of terrible urges that take him in pursuit of women, greed, and murder. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. 101 min.

Au bonheur des dames (France, 1930)

Directed by Julien Duvivier. Cast: Dita Parlo, Ginette Maddie, Andree Brabant, Pierre de Guingand. Denise, an orphaned girl, moves to Paris where she hopes to find work at her uncle's store. But the glamorous department store 'Aux Bonheur des Dames' across the street crunches all the little businesses around. She finds a position there despite the fact that the store is threatening to put her uncle out of business. Based on a novel by Emile Zola.

Baby Boom (1987)

Directed by Charles Shyer. Cast: Diane Keaton, Harold Ramis, Sam Wanamaker, James Spader, Pat Hingle, Britt Leach, Kristina & Michelle Kennedy, Sam Shepard. An over-achieving businesswoman's life is changed by the arrival of a twenty-two pound bundle named Elizabeth. She tries to juggle a high-pressure career and instant motherhood in this fast-paced comedy about a woman who discovers what's really important in life. 110 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Barbarians at the Gate(TV, 1993)

Directed by Ben Younger. Cast: James Garner, Jonathan Pryce, Peter Riegert, Joanna Cassidy. In the 1980s, everyone was making the big bucks and F. Ross Johnson, CEO of RJR Nabisco, wants to make his fortune. He decides to buy out the Nabisco shareholders and take over his company in order to escape the tyranny of the stockholders. Johnson is introduced to the master of the leveraged buyout, Henry Kravis, but afraid of losing the company to this sharp dealer, he decides to make his move with Peter Cohen. Kravis mounts his own buy-out campaign, which leads to a battle for control of Nabisco.

Boiler Room(2000)

Directed by Ben Younger. Cast: Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, Nicky Katt, Scott Caan, Ben Affleck. Seth runs a small-time casino operation out of his apartment. With his streetwise business smarts, he's recruited to join the city's newest and hottest stock brokerage firm, and quickly takes to his new job's instant riches and fast-life pleasures. When he wins the eye and heart of Greg's ex-girlfriend, everything seems too good to be true.

Citizen Kane (1941)

Directed by Orson Welles. Cast: Welles, Joseph Cotten, William Alland, Everett Sloane, Agnes Moorehead. When one of the world's richest and most influential men dies muttering the word "Rosebud", a newspaper's managing editor insists that Kane's obituary film is missing something and "needs an angle." He orders his top reporter Thompson (Alland) to discover what "Rosebud" means. Thompson searches for, finds, and interviews five key figures, but ulimately does not solve the mystery.

Class Action (1990)

Director, Michael Apted. Cast: Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Colin Friels, Joanna Merlin, Laurence Fishburne. A court of law becomes a battleground for a father and daughter as they find themselves facing each other as opposing attorneys in a multimillion dollar law suit involving a potentially defective auto design that could involve corporate corruption and violations of legal ethics. 110 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Death of a Salesman(1966)

Director, Alex Segal. Cast: Lee J. Cobb, Mildred Dunnock, James Farentino, Albert Dekker, Edward Andrews, George Segal. A made for television version of the dark drama of a failed man, Willy Loman, whose life did not measure up to his expectations. Based on the play by Arthur Miller. 120 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Death of a Salesman(1985)

Director, Volker Schlondorff. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Charles Durning, Kate Reid, Stephen Lang, John Malkovich. A made for television version of the dark drama of a failed man, Willy Loman, whose life did not measure up to his expectations. Based on the play by Arthur Miller. 136 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Desk Set (1957)

Directed by Walter Lang. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gig Young, Joan Blondell. A classic Hepburn-Tracy romance, about the head of the research department at a TV network and an absent-minded computer genius. Sumner, inventor of the Electromagnetic Memory And Research Arithmetical Calculator, is hired by the network to help computerize operations, with orders to keep his mission secret. Soon the rumor mill is working overtime as everyone fears being replaced by the computer. 103 min.

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