The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

A review - by Shlomoh Sherman
December 27, 2013

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013):Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort (book)
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
Plot Keywords: corruption - stockbroker - new york city
Genres: Biography - Comedy - Crime - Drama
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence
Parents Guide: View content advisory
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: December 25, 2013 (USA)
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
Box Office:
Budget: $100,000,000 (estimated)
Gross: $9,150,000 (USA)
Company Credits:
Production Co: Red Granite Pictures, Sikelia Productions, Appian Way
Technical Specs
Runtime: 180 min
Sound Mix: Datasat - Dolby Digital
References Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984)
Boom Boom Boom - Written by Lamar Hula Mahone and Keith D. Mayberry - Performed by The Outhere Brothers - Courtesy of Unidisc Music, Inc.
Plot Summary: In The Wolf of Wall Street DiCaprio plays Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 20 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scheme that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.


I am a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio and have watched him mature as an accomplished actor.

Having seen the trailer to this film, I was anxious to actually go to see it, and did, the day after it opened. I was not disappointed.

Scorsese has come up with another winner.

The Wolf Of Wall Street is the story of Jordan Belfort, a self-made wealthy stockbroker who devoted his life to money and made it his god. Like most men of his type, Belfort climbed the ladder of success, devouring anyone who got in his way, at the same time raising up with him ordinary people who fell in with his mercenary philosophy of life.

The film takes you through so many changes of emotion that there is never a dull moment, as cliche as that may sound. Much of the film, intentionally or not, causes the audience to simply laugh at the outrageous antics of the protagonist and his cronies. At times, you feel complete identification with their aspirations and at others disgust at there lack of human dignity.

There are so many scenes of sex, drugs, and pure hilarious chaos that one has to take moments to catch one's breath. The overall effect of the movie is to make the audience feel completely overwhelmed.

Belfort might have continued his high living pace of life had it not been for his drug addiction and that of his buddy, Donnie Azoff, his second in command. As it occured, their vice led to their eventual downfall and prosecution by the federal government.

The performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, as well as the rest of the cast are magnificent.

Did You Know?
Trivia: Footage of the real-life 1991 Hamptons beach party shown in the film, with  Jordan Belfort and then-fiancée Nadine Caridi ("Naomi Belfort") can be found
n YouTube.

Quotes [from trailer] : Jordan Belfort: "My name is Jordan Belfort. The year I turned 26, I made 49 million dollars which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week."

Recent Posts:
"Scorsese has made his career glorifying sociopaths and it's not cool" - Coolhandjosh
"gamechanger" - joshua-129
"Not enough explanation of what the illegal part was" - minneapolis_ben
"Is it me?" - ylopez4-1
"Beware! This is one explicit movie and a very hard 'R' rating!" - spideyontherun

Discuss The Wolf of Wall Street on the IMDb message boards

And did Jonah Hill actually swallow a real goldfish in this movie?
See Q&A: Jonah Hill on Working With Martin Scorsese, the Trick of Eating a Goldfish, and the Insanity of The Wolf of Wall Street
By Matt Patches at Did he eat a goldfish?

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio  ... Jordan Belfort
Jonah Hill        ... Donnie Azoff
Margot Robbie  ... Naomi Lapaglia
Matthew McConaughey ... Mark Hanna
Kyle Chandler  ... Agent Patrick Denham
Rob Reiner        ... Max Belfort
Jon Bernthal ... Brad
Jon Favreau       ... Manny Riskin
Jean Dujardin ... Jean Jacques Saurel
Joanna Lumley ... Aunt Emma
Cristin Milioti ... Teresa Petrillo
Christine Ebersole ... Leah Belfort
Shea Whigham ... Captain Ted Beecham
Katarina Cas ... Chantalle
P.J. Byrne       ... Nicky Koskoff ('Rugrat')
Bo Dietl           ... Himself

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