The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

DVD - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:
141
13
12
 …
Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late '80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Publisher: [Los Angeles, CA] : Paramount, [2014]
Edition: EnglishFrench version
ISBN: 9781415777053
1415777055
Branch Call Number: Wol
WOLF OF WALL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (180 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,rda

Opinion

From Library Staff

Number 10 Circulation 123

#7 Circulation 114


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

o
oldwestfan
Nov 10, 2018

The true story of Jordan Belfort, who came to be called the Wolf of Wall Street, from his self-penned memoir of the same name: a 3-hour full-throttle drama/comedy spectacular about his time as a 1980's penny stock fraudster and the outrageous excess he and his company engaged in at that time. There are Caligula-like scenes (perhaps 1 or 2 too many) of big office debauchery of such scope and dimension that one expects them exaggerated but wonders how Scorsese so successfully choreographed them, as well as funny and imaginative lower-key scenes that some may choose to revisit. The Scorsese Midas Touch has created another unique masterwork with an accomplished cast performing bravely and sometimes hilariously at the top of their game; the eye-popping camerawork and spot-on soundtrack keep pace with the excess of the subject matter, keeping you pinned to your seat and barrelling along for the ride.

However, unlike Ray Liotta's likeable bad guy Henry Hill in Scorcese's Goodfellas, Belfort is NOT a likeable bad guy and elicits no sympathy. Yet you stay with it riding shotgun despite this, or perhaps because of it, as the story relentlessly propels you forward in anticipation for the whole thing to implode, with a well-deserved denouement for Belfort, which would have made me happier had it come 15 minutes or so sooner.

o
ottawafan
Nov 07, 2018

Just disgusting, with no redeeming value, other than to suggest what the new Washington DC is driven by. Martin S is obviously still overwhelmingly obsessed with boyhood sex fantasies that he can't get out of his system, mistaking nudity for artistic effort. Sex is sex, drugs are drugs and we all make our choices about what we chose to pursue. And yes, I realize he based this on a real person's book. My question is why?
We decide as we go through life what we value and where our moral compass points. How important money is in the scheme of things. Is the 'lesson' to be learned if you cheat, lie, trample and steal from hard working people, get caught, go to jail...its all OK if you are rich. And even if you aren't caught, its still OK because you are rich? Also, if you are rich, that is the reward, doesn't matter how you got there?
The oceans are dying, our climate is changing beyond the worst possible predictions, oceans are rising and threaten some of the largest cities in the world, animal populations are disappearing. I think we have to turn our critical eye away from a 19th century fixated Martin S., to others with value statements that really matter, reflect our times, and are really making important statements about our outliers.

n
Nursebob
Oct 15, 2018

In the hands of Martin Scorsese, Wall St. Legend Jordan Belfort’s tell-all autobiography is turned into drug-fuelled frat boy’s fantasy which is as repulsive as it is morbidly fascinating. Starting as a manic comedy, Leonardo DiCaprio’s standout performance paints Belfort as a naif with great expectations who is quickly seduced by dollar-grabbing mentor Matthew McConaughey. But as the 180-minute epic proceeds he becomes a charismatic modern day Don Giovanni only too eager to sell his soul for earthly comforts and the power to control a stable full of greedy meathead brokers who would cheat their own grandmother’s out of their pensions in order to receive his approving nod. Earning a record for the most swear words in a film (almost 700 instances) as well as being banned or censored in several countries for its pervasive sex, nudity, and drug use—at one point a cloud of cocaine drifts over a mass of writhing bodies, at another point a dangerously stoned Belfort crawls towards his Lamborghini on all fours—Scorsese’s hedonistic, often brutal look at one man’s glorious self-destruct is a master class in cinematic hyperbole with DiCaprio routinely breaking the fourth wall to address his audience directly. Even the cameras seem stoked on crystal meth as they swoop and spin, barely keeping up with DiCaprio’s manic energy right up until the final fall. Jonah Hill puts in an Oscar calibre performance as Belfort’s right hand man, a schmuck in way over his head, while Margot Robbie plays his trophy wife and Kyle Chandler puts those clean-cut good looks to use as the g-man intent on crashing the whole house of cards.

s
steresem
May 21, 2018

The Wolf of Wall Street is tremendous fun, but be warned: It is not for the faint of heart. The levels of debauchery that surrounds Jordan is almost the stuff of legend. Hookers and wild sex, enough drugs to put Keith Richards to shame, and piles of low-down, dirty m-o-n-e-y. It is unfortunately a very long film, and despite how much I enjoyed it, it really could have been edited down from it's 3hr running time.

r
reginator_22
Jan 23, 2018

LOVE THIS MOVIE.

e
Ebeacham
Feb 05, 2017

I love this movie. Its hilarious. I laughed so hard my stomach hurt.

j
JOSEPH SARDO
Oct 28, 2016

I could tell from the outset it was going to be a fun ride and even for being three hours long it was. It was enjoyable to be enlightened to the exploits of Jordan Belfort and even after the movie I found myself following up and googling Belfort, reading reviews and wanting to read his memoir. Interesting

m
minivenkat
Oct 25, 2016

Way too much sex scenes, worst than a XXX-rated movie and language. This is the worst way of making a movie from auto biography book. I read the book and the book has lots of interesting situations as well but it is shame that this director chose all X rated situations from the book. Only 10% of scenes are made with out sex and vulgar.
I expected high level from the great actors like DiCaprio. I think the director wanted to make a celebrity XXX movie. Very disappointing. This movie is simply worth to flush through the toilet.

n
No_Stalkers4Me
Oct 03, 2016

Man of poor character makes money, loses money. Could have been OK with some editing ... wwwaaayyyy too long for an unremarkable story. If you have nothing better to do, it can be watched; brace for misogyny.

j
JesusGeek
Sep 11, 2016

Way too much gratuitous sex much closer to what should be x-rated than r (imo), language, decadence. I can understand some of that was needed for the story, but it was way, way (way) too much.

Which is too bad, because if you took out 90% of the over-the-top decadence and just suggested, hinted and made clear it was there without having to show it, then it would have been a Class A movie (with a lot of GREAT acting). I think it is true that DiCaprio did his best acting job ever in this film.

Too bad it was made to entertain some imagined mass of decadent people. Very, very disappointing, but it flushed down the toilet just like the Wolf of Wall Street's life.

View All Comments

Age

Add Age Suitability

j
JihadiConservative
Apr 25, 2016

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

K_ROK Mar 09, 2015

K_ROK thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

p
PearlyKayAm1
Feb 13, 2015

PearlyKayAm1 thinks this title is suitable for 21 years and over

d
Dreamstime
Sep 23, 2014

Dreamstime thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

s
Shane A WICKMAN
Jul 25, 2014

Shane A WICKMAN thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

h
Happy_24
May 08, 2014

Happy_24 thinks this title is suitable for 21 years and over

v
vcc
Apr 21, 2014

vcc thinks this title is suitable for 21 years and over

j
jonzo
Apr 16, 2014

jonzo thinks this title is suitable for 40 years and over

a
audreyWanner
Apr 08, 2014

audreyWanner thinks this title is suitable for 51 years and over

i
Irontap
Apr 07, 2014

Irontap thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

View All Ages

Notices

Add Notices

o
oldwestfan
Nov 10, 2018

Other: Not for kids, and not for adults who have moral objections, or are otherwise fragile and easily discombobulated by depictions of sex/nudity, profanity, greed, drug use, and general debauch.

j
JihadiConservative
Apr 25, 2016

Other: Extremely graphic use of drugs throughout. Some quite disturbing.

j
JihadiConservative
Apr 25, 2016

Sexual Content: Extreme, graphic and prolonged. Im surprised it wasn't NC-17

j
JihadiConservative
Apr 25, 2016

Coarse Language: Extreme 10/10. Record for F-bombs clocking at 619. And thart's just the F-bombs...

b
britprincess1
Mar 05, 2014

Sexual Content: I couldn't count how many acts of sex occur in this film. It's a lot.

b
britprincess1
Mar 05, 2014

Violence: There are a few scenes that may be considered violent, but I don't think that's the main issue in this film (see sexuality, coarse language, drug use).

b
britprincess1
Mar 05, 2014

Coarse Language: It holds the Guinness World Record for the most utterances of the F-bomb in cinematic history at 506 (averaging over 2 per minute). It's your call.

b
britprincess1
Mar 05, 2014

Other: Excessive and frequent drug use is depicted.

b
britprincess1
Mar 05, 2014

Violence: There are a few scenes that may be considered violent, but I don't think that's the main issue in this film (see sexuality, coarse language, drug use).

b
britprincess1
Mar 05, 2014

Coarse Language: It holds the Guinness World Record for the most utterances of the F-bomb in cinematic history at 506 (averaging over 2 per minute). It's your call.

View All Notices

Quotes

Add a Quote

r
reginator_22
Jan 23, 2018

Jordan Belfort: My name is Jordan Belfort. I'm a former member of the middle class raised by two accountants in a tiny apartment in Bayside, Queens. The year I turned 26, as the head of my own brokerage firm, I made $49 million, which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week.

aaa5756 Jul 19, 2014

"And people in hell want slupees." -Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon

j
jimg2000
May 20, 2014

Mark Hanna: The name of the game, moving the money from the client's pocket to your pocket.

Jordan Belfort: But if you can make your clients money at the same time it's advantageous to everyone, correct?

Mark Hanna: No.

b
britprincess1
Mar 05, 2014

"Most of the Wall Street jackasses I bust are douchebags, just like their fathers before them. But you ... you, Jordan, got this way all on your own."

b
britprincess1
Mar 05, 2014

"Most of the Wall Street jackasses I bust are douchebags, just like their fathers before them. But you ... you, Jordan, got this way all on your own."

b
britprincess1
Mar 05, 2014

"You show me a pay stub for $72, 000, I quit my job right now and work for you."

b
britprincess1
Mar 05, 2014

"You show me a pay stub for $72, 000, I quit my job right now and work for you."

b
britprincess1
Mar 05, 2014

"I'm a former member of the middle class raised by two accountants in a tiny apartment in Bayside Queens. The year I turned 16 as the head of my own brokerage firm, I made 49 million dollars, which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week."

b
britprincess1
Mar 05, 2014

"I'm a former member of the middle class raised by two accountants in a tiny apartment in Bayside Queens. The year I turned 16 as the head of my own brokerage firm, I made 49 million dollars, which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week."

Summary

Add a Summary

A man has ambition. He has opportunity. He puts those two together, adds illegal drugs and mixed up ethics. He and his colleagues go to prison.

aaa5756 Jul 19, 2014

One word can sum up this movie DUMB.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at BPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top