R | | Biography, Comedy, Crime
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
The movie's opening scene showing the Stratton Oakmont T.V. advertisement is a direct homage to the iconic Dreyfus Fund T.V. spots in 1958 that famously featured a lion.
Nobody knows if a stock is going to go up, down, sideways or in circles. You know what a fugazi is?"
Jordan Belfort: *Fugayzi*, it's a fake.
Mark Hanna: *Fugayzi*, fugazi. It's a whazy. It's a woozie. It's fairy dust. it doesn't exist. It's never landed. It is no matter. It's ...
Jordan tells the agent that he "got the real stuff, Lehman Brothers, collateralized debts obligations." Lehman Brothers was usually referred to as "Shearson Lehman" from 1984 to 1994. CDOs were extremely obscure at the time and not very widely traded by major firms such as Shearson Lehman.
The film opens with a Stratton Oakmont advertisement hosted by Jordan Belfort. The film title appears only at the ending.
$18,510,000 (USA) (27 December 2013)
$116,866,727 (USA) (28 March 2014)
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