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Directed by: Michael Mann.
Actors: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Natalie Portman.
Released: 1995.
MPAA Rating: R.
Length: 171 min .
Drama, Action.

Brief outline (no spoilers):
Neil McCauley (De Niro) is a criminal; his life philosophy is to never get attached to anything or anybody you can not walk away from if you spot the Heat coming at you. McCauley leads a crew of high-tech robbers, and they plot to a couple of huge scores. On the other side of the law there is Detective Vincent Hanna (Pacino) that leads the investigations and tries to catch McCauley and his crew.

Personal opinions
Both Pacino and De Niro have the strength to carry a movie on their own. Now you get both in one movie, and playing against each other. There are parallels between the two characters McCauley and Hanna. They are both very obsessed with their work. McCauley does intentionally sacrifice the idea of a family life because he has realized that it will never work. Hanna on the other side is trying to juggle both family life and work. He manages this without any particular luck since he is currently on the end of his third marriage.

First the cast of this movie is really spectacular. The movie features a lot of big hitters. The movie is a drama movie about the various problems the characters are having, but aside from the traditional boring drama movies, this movie offers a lot of exciting action. The bank robbery scene is a masterpiece-like orgy in guns and shooting.

You may get put off by the long running time. There is a lot of redundant scenes and things happening that probably is not essential to the plot. For example everything that happens to Hanna’s girlfriend’s daughter (Natalie Portman), and the murder of the prostitute. But it is probably there to build up around the characters and environment their in. When the movie starts to float out like that it should be considered if it is really essential to have it in.

Bottom Line
It is a truly good movie; a crime masterpiece with some of the big hitters of Hollywood.
Rating: 8/10 (where 10 is the best).

Wall Street.
Directed by: Oliver Stone.
Actors: Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Darryl Hannah, Martin Sheen, Sean Young, Hal Holbrook .
Released: 1987.
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox.
MPAA Rating: Rated R.
Length: 125 min.

Brief outline (no spoilers):
Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is a young stock broker on Wall Street. He is a very perseverant an finally manages to get in contact with Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas). Gecko is a ruthless business man. Bud Fox soon realizes that he has to cross his own ethical borders to do business with Gecko. This results in Fox having to sell out his friends and family to make deals.

Personal opinions:
I must admit that this is one of the all time favorite movies. I also think it is the best film Oliver Stone has made. A lot of people think the movie is fun because of Gordon gecko being so ruthless, and they admire how he conducts business; the take no prisoners attitude. That is just the surface of the movie. I think it is great because it operates on a much deeper level. It is truly a battle of good and evil. Gordon Gecko represents the evil and tempting. Fox’s father is the ordinary and good man. Bud Fox is really tempted by the lifestyle and money that Gecko represents, but that involves trading in all that is good for evil. Bud Fox has to choose a side, because you can not be both good and evil at the same time.

Michael Douglass is a great actor and he does a very good job portraying the evil Gordon Gecko. When Gecko gets angry you are almost waiting for an artery to pop in Michael Douglas’ head. It also has a lot of funny analogies like “we raise the sperm count on the deal”. It is entertaining on the surface, but has also more serious things between the lines, like being good or evil and how money affects you to do bad things. The story is also told in a very good way, ending in a thriller like climax.

There is not much bad to be said. It is a great business film.

Rating: 10/10 (where 10 is the best).

Some quotes from the movie:
A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.
How much is enough? It’s not a question of enough, pal. It’s a zero sum game, somebody wins, and somebody loses. Money itself isn’t lost or made; it’s simply transferred from one perception to another.
The main thing about money, Bud, is that it makes you do things you don’t want to do.
The most valuable commodity I know of is information.
Greed captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.
It’s all about bucks, kid. The rest is conversation.

Directed by: Sidney Lumet.
Actors: Al Pacino, Tony Roberts.
Released: 1973.
Studio: Paramount.
MPAA Rating: Rated R.
Length: 130 min.

Brief outline (no spoilers):
The film is based on a true story. The film deals with police corruption in NY. Frank Serpico (played by Al Pacino) is a young idealistic police officer doing undercover work. But he finds it increasingly difficult to do his job as police corruptions becomes a problem around him. Serpico is an honest cop and he refuses to take bribes. This puts him in conflict with his colleagues which mostly all of them take bribes. His colleagues find it hard to be able to trust him, and they look upon him as a potential threat. The problem of police corruption goes high in the ranks of the police organization, and even if Serpico tries to inform about the problem, nothing gets done.

Personal opinions:
The movie manages to portray a bit of a depressing reality in a gray and dark New York. This set a good background for the also gloomy story. The movie raises important questions about ethics and moral.
It is fun to see a young Pacino, even if it is early in his acting career you see a lot of his acting hall marks.
I think it was a bit long, and it got a bit hard to stay excited all the way through. But I guess it is worth seeing if you are a fan of Pacino. It is a classic that has become a part of America’s film history. So I guess you have to see it to know what everybody is talking about.

Rating: 6/10 (where 10 is best).

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