Note: This is the overall critique. For scene by scene critique click here
Note: This is the synthesis. See scene by scene analysis here
|Concept||8.3||89||Pinocchio: 8.2||Deadpool: 8.3|
|Plot||8.4||81||Everything Everywhere All at Once: 8.3||Knives Out: 8.4|
|Pacing||8.64||81||Back to the future: 8.61||The Wolf of Wall Street: 8.64|
|Overall||8.5||80||Thor: 8.4||Inception: 8.5|
|Dialogue||8.1||79||Everything Everywhere All at Once: 8.0||The Wolf of Wall Street: 8.1|
|Characters||8.4||73||Mo: 8.3||American hustle: 8.4|
|High Stakes||7.9||70||Breaking bad, episode 306: 7.8||Spy kids: 7.9|
|External Goal||8.13||65||Thor: 8.11||The Wolf of Wall Street: 8.13|
|Internal Goal||8.13||60||Breaking Bad: 8.11||The Wolf of Wall Street: 8.13|
|Structure||8.38||55||Stranger things: 8.36||The Wolf of Wall Street: 8.38|
|Originality||6.73||53||Birdman: 6.71||The Wolf of Wall Street: 6.73|
|Story Forward||8.0||52||Mo: 7.9||Labyrinth : 8.0|
|Conflict Level||7.5||45||Mo: 7.4||the boys (TV): 7.5|
|Character Changes||5.8||41||Requiem for a dream: 5.7||Labyrinth : 5.8|
|Engagement||8.51||36||Mr Robot: 8.44||The Wolf of Wall Street: 8.51|
|Emotional Impact||7.1||36||Suits: 7.0||Good Will Hunting: 7.1|
|Formatting||8.91||26||Everything Everywhere All at Once: 8.90||The Wolf of Wall Street: 8.91|
|Story Content||Character Development||Scene Elements||Audience Engagement||Technical Aspects|
|Scene Number||Full Analysis||Tone||Overall Grade||Concept||Plot||Originality Score||Characters||Character Changes||Internal Goal||External Goal||Conflict||Opposition||High stakes||Story forward||Twist||Emotional Impact||Dialogue||Engagement||Pacing||Formatting||Structure|
|1||The Wild Life of Jordan Belfort||"energetic"||8||7||8||8||8||3||8||8||5||0||7||8||0||6||7||10||8||9||7|
|2||Jordan's Addictions||"darkly humorous"||8||9||7||8||9||4||9||8||5||0||7||7||0||6||8||9||8||9||9|
|3||First day at work||"Humorous, fast-paced"||9||9||8||8||9||3||8||8||5||0||5||8||0||6||9||9||9||9||8|
|4||Jordan Begins His Career on Wall Street||"Upbeat, Hedonistic, Fast-paced"||8||8||8||6||9||5||7||8||7||0||7||8||0||6||8||8||8||8||7|
|5||Jordan Belfort's First Day on the Job||"confident"||8||8||9||8||7||5||9||8||7||0||6||8||0||6||9||9||8||10||9|
|6||Jordan Starts to Rise||"Fast-paced and exciting with a hint of danger"||9||10||9||6||9||6||9||9||7||0||8||8||0||7||8||10||8||10||9|
|7||Jordan Recruits Friends for His Penny Stock Brokerage||"Humorous"||9||8||8||7||10||2||9||7||5||0||6||7||0||4||10||8||9||9||8|
|8||Jordan's Sales Pitch Techniques||"Motivational"||9||9||9||7||8||3||8||10||5||0||6||7||0||4||9||9||10||10||9|
|10||Jordan's rise to fame||"Excited"||9||8||8||9||9||6||8||9||6||0||7||7||0||7||7||10||9||8||8|
|11||Boastful and Wild Workplace||"Hedonistic and shocking"||8||9||7||6||7||5||8||8||7||0||9||8||0||8||8||7||9||9||8|
|13||Jordan Addresses His Brokers||"Celebratory, Hedonistic"||9||8||7||6||9||5||9||8||4||0||6||6||0||7||8||7||9||9||8|
|14||A Beach House Party||"Hedonistic"||8.5||9||8||6||9||6||8||7||7||0||6||7||0||8||8||8||9||9||8|
|15||Jordan and Naomi's Seductive Encounter||"exciting"||8||9||8||6||9||4||8||6||6||0||7||9||0||8||9||7||8||9||9|
|16||Jordan's Infatuation with Naomi||"Hedonistic, passionate, regretful"||9||8||9||7||9||8||9||8||8||0||7||9||0||9||8||8||8||10||9|
|17||Confrontation and Retribution||"tense"||10||8||9||7||10||7||9||7||10||0||9||9||0||9||7||9||9||8||8|
|18||Bazooka Firing Under Their Noses||"Outrageous"||9||8||9||8||9||6||9||10||7||0||8||9||0||8||9||10||8||9||8|
|19||The High Life Continues||"Extravagant"||9||8||9||7||8||6||8||9||7||0||6||8||0||6||8||7||9||10||10|
|20||Jordan's morning routine||"tense"||8||9||8||7||9||6||6||7||8||0||7||6||0||7||7||8||9||9||8|
|21||Jordan and Naomi's Morning Ritual||"Seductive, Manipulative"||8||9||7||9||10||7||8||8||9||0||7||8||0||6||9||8||8||9||9|
|22||Power Play and Inappropriate Behavior||"intense"||9||9||8||9||9||7||5||8||8||0||9||9||0||8||8||7||8||9||8|
|23||Jordan Motivates the Brokers||"energetic"||10||9||9||8||8||5||10||10||7||0||8||9||0||7||9||10||10||9||9|
|26||Swiss Cheese and Ludes||"humorous"||7.5||8||7||6||8||4||8||8||6||0||6||6||0||5||7||8||9||9||9|
|27||Negotiating Swiss Bank Secrecy Laws||"Tension-filled"||9||8||9||3||8||6||9||10||8||0||9||9||0||7||10||9||9||9||8|
|28||Swiss Banks and Family Affairs||"tense"||8||8||9||7||8||7||9||8||7||0||9||8||0||8||9||8||9||9||8|
|29||Taping Up Chantalle||"Humorous"||8||9||8||7||8||6||8||6||7||0||7||9||0||5||8||8||8||9||9|
|30||The Drug Deal Goes Awry||"tense, comedic"||8||8||9||7||8||6||8||8||10||0||9||9||0||7||7||9||9||8||8|
|31||The Secret Phone Call||"suspenseful"||8||7||9||7||7||2||8||7||6||0||6||7||0||5||8||9||8||9||8|
|32||Jordan's Close Call||"Tense"||8||7||9||6||7||5||9||8||8||0||9||9||0||7||8||8||9||9||9|
|33||Jordan Saves Donnie||"Tense"||8||7||7||6||9||8||6||8||9||0||10||8||0||8||8||9||9||8||7|
|34||Jordan's Lucky Break||"tense"||8||7||8||9||9||7||8||8||8||0||8||8||0||6||8||7||9||8||8|
|35||Jordan's Speech and Change of Heart||"upbeat"||9||8||9||5||9||8||8||7||7||0||6||9||0||9||8||9||8||9||9|
|36||Betrayal and Loss||"tense"||8||7||9||7||8||6||9||8||8||0||9||8||0||7||8||10||9||9||8|
|37||Navigating Turbulent Waters||"tense"||8||9||9||2||7||6||8||8||9||0||10||8||0||8||5||7||9||9||8|
|38||Danger on the High Seas||"Intense"||8||9||8||5||7||6||8||7||10||0||11||9||0||7||8||8||8||9||9|
|39||Straight Line Persuasion Seminar||"Serious"||9||8||9||6||7||5||8||9||6||0||7||8||0||7||8||9||9||8||7|
|40||Legal Trouble and Tough Conversations||"serious"||8||8||8||8||8||6||9||8||8||0||9||8||0||8||8||9||8||9||8|
|41||Loyalty and Betrayal||"Serious"||8||9||8||6||8||6||8||9||9||0||9||7||0||8||8||8||9||9||9|
|43||Divorce and Custody Battle||"Intense"||9||9||9||8||8||8||8||9||11||0||11||9||0||10||8||10||9||9||9|
|44||Betrayal and Desperation||"tense"||9||8||9||5||8||8||8||9||10||0||10||10||0||9||7||8||8||10||9|
Based on the book
White Shooting Script - September 7th, 2012
Blue Revised Pages - September 25th, 2012
Pink Revised Pages - October 9th, 2012
Yellow Revised Pages - October 15th, 2012
Green Revised Pages - October 16th, 2012
Goldenrod Revised Pages - October 19th, 2012
Buff Revised Pages - March 5th, 2013
1 INSERT - TV COMMERCIAL - DAY 1
Over jungle sound effects, the CAMERA is low, moving
through brush from the POV of a stalking animal. As the
brush parts, revealing Wall Street and the New York Stock
Exchange, we HEAR the resonant voice of GENE HACKMAN.
GENE HACKMAN (V.O.)
The world of investing can be a
1A WE SEE a charging, snorting BULL. 1A
GENE HACKMAN (V.O.)
1B WE SEE a ferocious, growling BEAR. 1B
GENE HACKMAN (V.O.)
Bears. Danger at every turn.
Pretentious CLASSICAL MUSIC kicks in.
GENE HACKMAN (V.O.)
That’s why we at Stratton Oakmont
pride ourselves on being the best.
1C-1D VARIOUS SHOTS -- a conservative young MAN reviews a stock 1C-1D
portfolio with a wealthy older COUPLE; a smiling young
WOMAN sits before a computer talking into a headset.
GENE HACKMAN (V.O.)
Trained professionals to guide you
through the financial wilderness.
1E WE SEE the Stratton “team” - an ethnically diverse group 1E
of ACTORS with their handsome, grey-templed “CHAIRMAN”.
GENE HACKMAN (V.O.)
Stratton Oakmont. Stabilty.
1F WE SEE a shot of the black glass Stratton Building, and: 1F
2 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT III - BULLPEN - DAY (FEB ‘95) 2
Absolute bedlam. 300 drunken STOCKBROKERS, most in their
early 20s, chant wildly as JORDAN BELFORT, handsome, 30,
stands beside a DWARF dressed in tights, cape & helmet.
Twenty five grand to the first
cocksucker to nail a bullseye!
The “bullseye” is a large dollar sign in the middle of a
giant velcro “dartboard”.
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Watch and learn, people!
The Brokers go apeshit as Jordan grabs the Dwarf by his
pants and collar. In the Crowd, cash flies as side bets
are made. Jordan winds up, aims for the “dartboard”.
One. Two. Throw!!
The Brokers cheer, and as the screaming Dwarf takes
flight, hurtling toward camera, we FREEZE FRAME:
JORDAN (V.O.) (CONT’D)
My name is Jordan Belfort. No, not *
him, me. I’m a former member of *
the middle class raised by two
accountants in a tiny apartment in
3-3B A SERIES OF POLAROIDS -- (1969) 3-3B
Jordan, 7, smiles as he poses behind a lemonade stand,
his parents Max and Leah behind him; Jordan, 13, stands
holding a styrofoam cooler, selling ices on the beach;
Jordan, 18, smiles as he holds an Amway sales brochure.
The year I turned 26, I made 49
million dollars as the head of
my own brokerage firm--
4 EXT. LONG ISLAND EXPRESSWAY - DAY (FEB ‘95) 4
A CHERRY RED Ferrari Testarossa ZOOMS down the L.I.E.
--which really pissed me off
because it was three shy of a
million a week.
The Ferrari weaves in and out of traffic.
Hey, my Ferrari was white, like
Don Johnson’s in Miami Vice.
We see the same Ferrari, now in WHITE, as it zooms away,
a BLONDE head bobbing up and down in Jordan’s lap.
5 EXT. LONG ISLAND’S NORTH SHORE - DAY (FEB ‘95) 5
A twin-engine Bell Jet helicopter descends over a huge
mansion, with sparkling pool, tennis court and waterfall.
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See that humongous estate down
there? That’s my house.
6 INT. JORDAN’S ESTATE - MASTER BEDROOM - DAY (FEB ‘95) 6
We see NAOMI, 24, blonde and gorgeous, a living wet dream
in LaPerla lingerie.
My wife, Naomi, the Duchess of Bay
Ridge, Brooklyn, a former model
and Miller Lite girl.
Naomi licks her lips; she’s incredibly, painfully hot.
Yeah, she was the one blowing me
in the Ferrari, so put your dick
back in your pants.
Over the following, WE SEE a quick
7-7C SERIES OF SHOTS 7-7C
All taken from TV; a mansion from Lifestyles of the Rich
and Famous; wealthy PEOPLE applauding at a polo match;
a yacht sailing crystal blue seas; Robert Wagner and
Stephanie Powers toasting with champagne on Hart to Hart.
In addition to Naomi and my two
perfect kids, I own a mansion,
private jet, six cars, three
horses, two vacation homes and
a 170 foot yacht.
Sweaty, wild-eyed and naked, Jordan fucks an HISPANIC
HOOKER from behind.
I also gamble like a degenerate,
drink like a fish, fuck hookers
maybe five times a week and have
three different Federal agencies
looking to indict me.
He dismounts, snorts some coke through a straw, then uses
it to blow some into her asshole.
Oh yeah, and I love drugs.
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Jordan looks up suddenly, paranoid, as if he’s hearing
9 INT. HELICOPTER - NIGHT (FEB ‘95) 9
Jordan, drooling and stoned out of his skull, wears a
rumpled custom-made business suit as he mans a set of
controls next to his frantic co-pilot, CAPTAIN DAVE.
Pull up! Jesus! We’re gonna
Jordan’s head bobs as he pulls back on the stick.
The helicopter rises sharply, then levels out, hovering
30 feet above a huge mansion. Down below, through
Jordan’s hazy, DOUBLE VISIONED POV, we see a sparkling
pool, tennis court and waterfall.
Check this out -- despite my
completely fucked-up state, I
could fly straight while still
seeing two of everything.
He closes one eye; his POV sharpens. Putting pressure on
the stick, the helicopter descends slowly over the
driving range... then LURCHES and SLAMS to the ground.
(to Captain Dave)
Ya guzza git hazarous doozy pay,
10 INT. JORDAN’S ESTATE - FRONT DOOR - DAY (FEB ‘95) 10
Morning. Sober now, impeccable in suit and tie, Jordan
heads for the door holding a glass of orange juice.
Yes, on a daily basis I take
enough drugs to sedate greater
11 EXT. JORDAN’S ESTATE - CONTINUOUS (FEB ‘95) 11
He pops two white pills, swigs some juice, then speaks
directly to the camera as he heads for a waiting limo.
I take Quaaludes for my back,
fifteen to twenty a day.
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I use Xanax to stay focused,
ambien to sleep, pot to mellow
out, cocaine to wake up and
morphine because it’s awesome.
12 EXT. STRATTON OAKMONT III - LONG ISLAND - DAY (FEB ‘95) 12
The limo pulls up to the black glass office building.
Jordan gets out, heads inside through a back door.
But of all the drugs under God’s
blue heaven, there’s one that’s my
13 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT III - JORDAN’S OFFICE - DAY (FEB ‘95) 13
Gadgets, computers, oxblood leather furniture. With
the DIN of the brokerage firm bleeding in, Jordan uses
a credit card to cut a line of coke on his desk. As he
peels a crisp $100 DOLLAR BILL off a wad, rolls it up:
Enough of this shit’ll make you
invincible, able to conquer the
world and eviscerate your enemies.
He SNARFS up the line, gestures to the cocaine.
I’m not talking about this. I’m
talking about this.
(Jordan unfurls the
$100 with a SNAP)
Money is the oxygen of capitalism
and I wanna breathe more than any
other human being alive.
He crumbles it into a ball and tosses it into a corner,
where it comes to rest with two dozen others. Over his
back as we TRACK HIM out of his office toward what sounds
like the ROAR of a mob--
Money doesn’t just buy you a
better life -- better food, better
cars, better pussy -- it also
makes you a better person. You
can give generously to the church
of your choice or the political
party. You can save the fucking
spotted owl with money.
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14 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT III - BULLPEN - DAY (FEB ‘95) 14
Arms akimbo, Jordan stands above the bullpen, a huge open
space with tightly packed rows of maple colored desks.
But most of all, in any country in
the world, money can buy you love.
Fuck the Beatles.
His 300 BROKERS, mostly young men with their jackets off,
scream wildly. They worship him.
With that in mind, at the tender
age of 22, after marrying my
14A SCENES 14A - 18 OMITTED 14A
19 EXT. WALL STREET - DAY (MAY ‘87) 19
An express bus pull up -- its sign reads “Wall
--I headed to the only place that
befit my high-minded ambitions...
Jordan emerges, kisses TERESA goodbye, then joins a sea
of Commuters heading to work.
JERRY FOGEL (PRE-LAP)
You are lower than fucking pond
Computers, telephones everywhere. At their desks, 45
shirt-sleeved BROKERS read their Wall St. Journals,
readying for war. Like an eager puppy, Jordan follows
broker JERRY FOGEL, 30, thick-lipped and bow-tied...
You got a problem with that?
(reads name tag)
Nope. No problem at all.
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Your job is ‘connector’, which
means you'll be dialing the phone
over 500 times a day, trying to
‘connect’ me with business owners.
And till you pass your Series 7,
that’s all you’ll be doing. Sit.
Jordan takes a seat at the desk next to Fogel’s.
JERRY FOGEL (CONT’D)
Just so you know, last year I made
over 300k and the other guy you'll
be working for made a million.
A million dollars? I could only
imagine what a douchebag that guy
A manicured hand lands on Jordan’s shoulder. It’s MARK
HANNA, 30s, charismatic, movie-star handsome.
Jordan? Mark Hanna.
Good, you’ve met Jerry. One of
the smartest guys in the office.
Who’s ever sucked a dog’s cock out
Fogel’s smile turns to a frown. He hands Jordan a stack
of 3x5 index cards.
Smile and dial. And don’t pick
your fucking head up till one.
Don’t mind Jerry, his father raped
him as a child. Besides, I'm
senior broker here, he's a
worthless piker. I heard you
pitched stock at your job
Had to do something to stand out.
I fuckin’ love that! Let’s grab
lunch later. Windows good with
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Hanna gives him a wink, looks at the clock on the giant
electronic stock ticker encircling the room -- 9:30 a.m.
RING!!! Absolute pandemonium at the BELL signalling the
opening of the stock market. Feet fly off desks; Brokers
and their Connectors dial phones like mad. The CAMERA
PUSHES IN on JORDAN, mesmerized as he takes in the ROAR.
(to Broker #2)
Miniscribe's a fuckin’ steal!
Thirty eight bucks a share!
Your broker in West Virginia?
What are you buying, a coal mine?
It's the 80s, the game is high-
(to Broker #3)
Fuckface! I got 50,000 July 50s!
You want to know what money sounds
like? Visit a trading floor on
Wall Street. Fuck this, shit
that. Cock, cunt, asshole. I
couldn’t believe how these guys
talked to each other--
Fogel notices Jordan sitting there frozen. He covers his
mouthpiece, kicks the desk violently.
Dial the cocksucking phone!
Jordan snaps out of it, starts dialing.
I was hooked within seconds.
Mark Hanna slams down his phone in victory, scrawls out a
“buy” ticket. He places the ticket into a glass cylinder
which he slips into a plastic pneumatic tube.
It was like mainlining adrenaline.
The tube is WHOOSHED into the ceiling and we’re suddenly--
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CLOSE ON a COKE SPOON whose contents disappear up a
nostril. PULL BACK TO REVEAL...
The lunchtime power spot with panoramic views of the
city. At a corner table, a paranoid Jordan looks around
as Hanna does another bump of coke. None of the other
DINERS seem to notice or care.
(offering the spoon)
Got enough for one more? Tootski?
No. Thanks though.
Hanna slips the vial into his pocket as HECTOR, the
tuxedoed Maitre’D, approaches.
Mr. Hanna, what can I bring for
you on this glorious afternoon?
Hanna surreptitiously palms Hector a $100; Jordan
Here’s the game plan, Hector.
Bring us two Absolut Martinis
straight up. Precisely seven and
a half minutes after you deliver
those you’ll bring two more, then
two more every five minutes until
one of us passes out.
An excellent strategy, sir.
Actually, I’m good with 7-Up.
Jordan might as well have farted at the table.
First day on Wall Street, Hector.
Give him time.
(Hector offers menus)
No thanks, I’m not eating.
Hector heads off.
You can get high during the day
and still function?
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High is the only way to do this
fucking job. Guy who coined the
term “three-martini lunch” was a
woman. Cocaine and hookers, my
friend, the keys to success.
Jordan smiles, not sure if Hanna is kidding.
I gotta say, I’m really excited
about being part of your team.
I wanna do all I can for our
clients and --
(reciting an ad)
“Here at L.F. Rothschild, our
clients aren’t just important,
they’re family.” Just as long as
we get our taste first. Remember
something, Jordan, your top
priority in this job: make us
money. If the clients get rich
along the way, bully for them.
Got a girlfriend?
Wife. She cuts hair.
Mark swallows a comment about that. Gets to business.
OK, first rule of Wall Street.
Nobody -- and I don’t care if
you’re Warren Buffet or Jimmy
Buffet -- nobody knows if a
stock’s going up, down or fucking
sideways, least of all stock
brokers. But we have to pretend
we know. Make sure you stay
relaxed. Nobody wants to buy
something from someone who sounds
like they haven’t gotten laid in a
month. Take breaks when you feel
stressed, jerk off if you can.
You like jerking off, right?
Good, jerking off is key. And I
highly recommend cocaine, which
will make you dial faster, which
is good for me. Churn ‘em and
burn ‘em, baby.
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A BUSBOY stops by with a fresh napkin for Mark who thanks
him. Then, discreetly as possible, Mark removes a fresh
vial of cocaine tucked within and takes a quick snort.
Jordan realizes: that’s why he palmed the maitre d’ $100.
For the next six months I learned
the ways of Wall Street.
22 INT. STRIP CLUB - NIGHT (OCT ‘87) 22
As STRIPPERS grind in b.g, Jordan parties with Mark Hanna
and dozens of BROKERS and TRAINEES. Jordan sips a
martini and studies Mark Hanna, hitting on a STRIPPER.
That fall I passed my Series 7.
Finally it was here.
23 INT. ROTHSCHILD BUILDING - LOBBY - DAY (OCT ‘87) 23
Briefcase in hand, Jordan boards the elevator with a
dozen other BROKERS.
My first day as a stockbroker, a
future Master of the Universe.
And as the doors close, on screen WE SEE:
OCTOBER 19th, 1987
24 INT. L.F. ROTHSCHILD - BULLPEN - DAY (OCT ‘87) 24
Total chaos. Jordan dials the phone as all around him
Brokers panic, screaming into headsets.
They called it Black Monday.
By four p.m. the market was down
508 points, the biggest one-day
drop since the crash of ‘29.
4 p.m. The closing bell RINGS; the entire place goes
silent. Brokers look at each other, stunned.
Holy. Fucking. Shit.
And as the Brokers start commiserating with each other...
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L.F. Rothschild, a company that
had been in business since 1883,
closed its doors within a month.
Jordan sits at the table perusing the Times classifieds.
Teresa approaches with two coffees. Sits next to him.
So I’ll take an extra shift, don’t
worry about it.
You work too much as it is.
We could pawn my engagement ring.
We’re not pawning anything. I’m
gonna be a millionaire, Teresa.
You know that doesn’t matter,
He smiles, kisses her. Together, they peruse the ads.
(points to an ad)
“Nobody Beats the Wiz”. I could
be a stock boy.
You’re a stock broker.
No one’s hiring brokers right now,
They go back to the ads. After a few beats, she points--
This place is.
26 EXT. STRIP MALL - PARKING LOT - LONG ISLAND - DAY (DEC ‘87) 26
In a suit, Jordan emerges from an ‘85 Datsun. He looks
around confused, heads toward an unmarked storefront.
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27 INT. INVESTOR’S CENTER - DAY (DEC ‘87) 27
The antithesis of L.F. Rothschild, with cheap furniture
and a dozen misfit “BROKERS” giving loud, obnoxious sales
pitches. Jordan enters, a modern man among cave people.
DWAYNE, slovenly, 35, with a walrus mustache, looks up.
I’m looking for Investor’s Center?
That’s us, hey. Dwayne.
(as they shake hands)
Jordan Belfort, I called earlier.
I was a broker with Rothschild.
Dwayne motions Jordan to a seat. Nearby, a Broker in
ratty Keds, TOBY WELCH, is screaming into his phone.
I’m tellin’ you, this stock is
goin’ up!... Cause I know,
okay?!... I have inside
Jordan looks at him, appalled at what he’s hearing.
Where are your quotrons?
No quotrons, we sell off the pink
sheets -- penny stocks.
Dwayne slides Jordan a large thin book; its pages are
literally pink. He explains as Jordan flips the pages:
Company don’t have enough capital
to be listed on NASDAQ, their
shares trade here.
(points to the book)
Like these guys, Aerotyne? They
make radar detectors out of a
garage in Dubuque.
Six cents a share? Who buys this
Schmucks mostly. Mailmen,
plumbers, people thinking they can
get rich quick. They answer our
ads, Popular Mechanics, Hustler.
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The spread on these is huge.
So’s your commission, that’s the
point. Blue chips stocks you get
what, one percent? Pink sheets
Wait a second. You’re telling me
if I sell two thousand dollars
worth of stock, my commission is a
Technically, yeah, but not even
the biggest schmuck buys two
thousand dollars of this shit.
28 INT. INVESTOR’S CENTER - (LATER THAT) DAY (DEC ’87) 28
As others Brokers bark into phones, Jordan sits, phone
cradled in his shoulder, making notes. A few beats, then:
Mr. Fleming, good morning, Jordan
Belfort with Investor’s Center in
New York City. You recently
responded to one of our ads...
A few of the other Brokers glance over, eavesdropping.
The reason I’m calling is that
an extremely exciting investment
opportunity crossed my desk today.
Typically our firm recommends no
more than five stocks per year:
this is one of them...
A few more Brokers look over...
Aerotyne International is a
cutting edge tech firm out of the
Midwest, awaiting imminent patent
approval on a new generation of
LATER. Now all the Brokers listen in rapt attention.
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-- so if Aerotyne’s shares rise
to only a dollar -- and our
research indicates they could go
much, much higher -- your profit
on a mere three thousand dollar
investment would be upwards of
fifty thousand... That’s right,
you could pay off your mortgage.
Seconds tick by; an eternity, then he starts writing:
Four thousand dollars, will
that be check or money order?...
Thank you, sir.
Jordan hangs up, scrawls out a “buy” ticket.
JORDAN (V.O.) (CONT’D)
Just like that I made two grand.
The other guys looked at me like
I’d just discovered fire.
Toby Welch and the other cave-Brokers stare at him.
How’d you fuckin’ do that?
Jordan sits at his desk in mid-pitch, totally focused.
It’s a rock-solid company, sir,
it’s the next Microsoft...
Six thousand. Terrific.
As Jordan continues talking, wrapping up the sale...
JORDAN (V.O.) (CONT’D)
Though I knew I was selling
garbage, within twelve weeks I
was making a fortune.
And as he starts scrawling out a buy ticket...
And as a wise man once told me,
my only responsibility was to
put meat on the table.
CLOSE ON a 1988 Jaguar, parked outside a diner...
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30 INT. KACANDES DINER - BAYSIDE - DAY (JUN ‘88) 30
Wearing a suit, Jordan sits in a booth reading the Wall
Street Journal as a WAITRESS serves the food. DONNIE
AZOFF, preppy-looking, 25, with horn-rims and bright
white teeth approaches from the takeout counter.
That your Jag in the lot?
Nice ride. Donnie Azoff.
I’ve seen it around. We live in
the same building. Twelfth floor?
What do you do, bro?
Kids furniture, me and my brother-
in-law. Making any money?
Seventy grand last month.
Get the fuck out. You made
seventy grand in one month.
Seventy two actually.
Donnie studies him, isn’t sure if he’s full of shit.
Tell you what. You show me a pay
stub with $72,000 on it, I’m
quitting my job right now and
coming to work with you.
As Jordan retrieves his briefcase to find a paystub -- *
30A SCENE 30A OMITTED *30A
30B As Jordan hands Donnie his paystub and sure enough, it’s *30B
north of seventy-two k. *
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DONNIE (CONT’D) *
Jordan watches as Donnie crosses to a pay phone and
And he did quit his job, which
I thought was a little weird.
I mean I had just met this
A few beats, then into phone:
Yo Paulie, it’s Donnie... Yeah,
listen, I quit.
Jordan studies Donnie as he continues his conversation...
There were other things about him
too, like his phosphorescent white
teeth and the fact that he wore
horn rims with clear lenses to
look more Waspy. He also married
his first cousin --
31 SCENE 31 OMITTED 31
32 INT. BAR - DAY (JUN ‘88) * 32
Jordan sits in mid-conversation with Donnie over beers.
No problem, if we have a kid who’s
a retard, we’ll just leave it on
the steps of some institution.
And as they continue drinking...
He was also a closet drug fiend.
I’d known him less than a week
before he talked me into smoking
33 EXT. BACK OF BAR - DAY (JUN ‘88) * 33
Jordan and Donnie get high. Donnie holds a flame under a
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The weird thing was when he’d do
crack, his face would contort into
this bizarre, frozen mask like the
Phantom of the Opera.
Donnie does a hit of crack; his jaw twitches, then his
facial muscles contort, locking up like a stroke victim.
After a few beats, he hands the pipe to Jordan.
You now, take a hit!
Jordan takes a deep hit and holds it. A beat, then:
Omigod, I fuckin’ love you!!
I knew I had to make him my
34 INT. INVESTOR’S CENTER - DAY (SEP ‘88) 34
Jordan looks on as Donnie works the phone like a madman.
Which turned out to be a great
move - Donnie was a fast learner
who transitioned into the penny
stock business quickly.
35 EXT. STRATTON OAKMONT I - AUTO SHOP - DAY (SEP ‘88) 35
Jordan and Donnie pull up to a defunct auto body shop,
which has a “For Lease” sign in the window.
So within months we started our
own firm out of an abandoned auto
Jordan sits with CHESTER MING, ROBBIE FEINBERG, ALDEN
KUPFERBERG (”SEA OTTER”) and BRAD, muscular and bald,
with a Fu Manchu mustache.
In addition to Donnie, I also
recruited my friends Sea Otter, *
Chester and Robbie, who were at *
the time all middling pot dealers.
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As a WAITRESS serves cheeseburgers:
--see everyone wants to get rich,
so you’re already half way there
by the time the call starts.
I sold weed once to this Amish
dude, had one of those beards with
He only wanted to make furniture.
What’s that got to do with
He just said everyone wants to
That’s true, you did.
Buddhists too, they don’t give a
shit about money either.
Man I could sell weed to anybody,
get a convent full of nuns fucking
And as Brad looks at Jordan and shakes his head:
37 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT I - AUTO BODY SHOP - BULLPEN 37
We see the above guys working the phones.
Brad, the guy I really wanted,
took a pass, since he’d become the
Quaalude king of Bayside.
38 EXT. BRAD’S HOUSE - BACKYARD GYM - DAY (OCT ‘88) 38
Bare-chested, wearing kung fu pants, Brad sells ludes to
a couple of HIGH SCHOOL KIDS.
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They were absolute morons, my
friends, but like I always said--
39 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT I - AUTO BODY SHOP - BULLPEN - DAY 39
Jordan emerges from his office into the garage area
(the bullpen), looking on as Donnie, Chester, Robbie, Sea
Otter and four other BROKERS (now including RUGRAT and
Toby) make sales calls from the cheap desks.
Give me them young, hungry and
stupid and in no time I’ll make
40 EXT. MARINA - LONG ISLAND - SUNSET (MAY ‘89) 40
On lounge chairs at the edge of a dock, bottle of wine
nearby, Jordan sits with Teresa. He smiles as she opens
a jewelry case -- inside is a diamond tennis bracelet.
You like it?
Jordan helps her try it on. She smiles, but he detects a
wave of... something.
They’re small, I know, but the
stones are really high quality.
No, no. I love it.
They sit in silence. Finally:
I don’t know, it’s just -- these
stocks, these crappy companies.
In five years the Corleone family
will be completely legitimate.
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Why can’t you be legitimate now?
It’s not illegal, Teresa,
technically. I mean they’re real
stocks, they’re just...
Never gonna make anybody money.
(a few beats; then)
Wouldn’t you feel better selling
this junk to rich people, who can
afford to lose the money at least?
Rich people don’t buy penny
And on Jordan’s look:
Because they’re too smart, that’s
CLOSE ON Jordan, brow furrowing as his wheels turn.
I mean what person of any
substance would trust this bunch
of jerk-offs? Like the Pinhead, *
42 SCENES 42 - 46 OMITTED * 42
46A INSERT ID PHOTO - TOBY WELCH *46A
JORDAN (V.O.) *
Toby Welch. I mean, look at this *
fucking Cro-Magnon, I wouldn’t *
trust him to pick up a rock. *
JORDAN (V.O.) *
Toby Welch. I mean, look at this *
fucking Cro-Magnon, he couldn’t *
even think without moving his *
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46B INSERT ID PHOTO - ROBBIE FEINBERG 46B
Or the Sea Otter.
46C INSERT ID PHOTO - THE SEA OTTER 46C
Chester Ming even, the Depraved
Chinaman, with his giant panda
46D INSERT ID PHOTO - CHESTER MING 46D
Or Nicky Koskoff, who I called
46E INSERT ID PHOTO - RUGRAT 46E
Well, you can probably figure that
out for yourself.
47 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT I - AUTO BODY SHOP - REAR - NIGHT 47
The camera PUSHES IN on Jordan as he stands before a
large dry erase board.
But what if they didn’t sound like
jerk-offs? What if I took this
bunch of nincompoops and molded
them in my own image? I
reinvented the company, gave it a
new image, a new name. Something
patrician, blue-blooded, something
that reeked of tradition and anti-
And as his Brokers settle in to folding chairs--
Gentlemen, welcome to Stratton
Oakmont. The clients we’ve gone
after in the past -- they’re done.
We will now target exclusively the
wealthiest one percent of
Americans. The methods we’ve used
-- over. Loud, obnoxious sales
hype is worthless with these
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In military terms it’s like carpet-
bombing -- noisy, menacing and
only marginally effective. As
Stratton brokers you will be laser-
guided smart-bombs aimed at high-
priority targets. You will
establish an initial relationship
with your clients selling only
blue chip stocks -- then and only
then will you attempt to sell the
pink sheets, where the real money
is. Now the key to every sale is
Jordan writes the word “URGENCY” on the board.
No one buys stock unless he thinks
it’s going up and going up now.
You must convince your client to
buy before the takeover happens,
before the lawsuit is settled,
before the patent is granted.
If he says I’ll think about it and
call you back, it’s over, you’re
dead! No one calls back! So you
have to create urgency --
48 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT I - AUTO SHOP BULLPEN - DAY 48
Another day. With Stratton Oakmont signage visible in
the b.g., Jordan is on speakerphone with a potential
CLIENT, the other Brokers listening in.
--and once Kodak settles the
lawsuit, institutions will be
permitted to buy their shares in
large blocks again. And when that
happens, which is any day now,
what do you think will happen to
the price of Kodak stock?
It’ll go up?
Exactly. Which is why you should
pick up 5000 shares today, a
49 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT I - AUTO BODY SHOP - REAR - NIGHT 49
Jordan stands addressing his Brokers.
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Then you lower your voice.
50 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT I - AUTO SHOP BULLPEN - DAY 50
Jordan pitches the client, his voice lowered.
Believe me, sir, you will not be
51 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT I - AUTO BODY SHOP - REAR - NIGHT 51
Jordan stands before the Brokers.
Then you wait. Whoever speaks
first loses. At this point, where
are we in the sale? Chester?
About to close?
No, you sweet and sour douchebag!
We’re at the beginning of the
beginning! This is where the sale
starts. You as a salesman are
almost hoping he says no so you
can finally do your fucking job!
52 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT I - AUTO SHOP BULLPEN - DAY 52
Jordan sits at the phone, waiting for a response.
I don’t know, I don’t think so.
Jordan stands before the Brokers.
He doesn’t know, he needs to
think, he’s gotta ask his wife!
The fact is it doesn’t matter what
the fuck he says! If he’s already
agreed that the stock’s going up,
then the only real objection he
has at this point is he doesn’t
trust you! And he shouldn’t trust
you, you’re a fucking salesman!
So what do you say?
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54 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT I - AUTO SHOP BULLPEN - DAY 54
Donnie talks on the phone to a Client.
Let me ask you this, sir -- had I
been your broker for the past
three to four years and made you
money on a consistent basis, you
probably wouldn’t say you need to
think about it, you’d probably say
pick me up three or four thousand
shares, am I right?
CLIENT #2 (O.S.)
55 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT I - AUTO SHOP BULLPEN - DAY 55
The place is crowded; now 20 Brokers make up the sales
force. Sea Otter pitches a client.
Wait a second. You mean to tell
me if I put you in Union Carbide
at 7 and took you out at 32--
56 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT I - AUTO SHOP BULLPEN - DAY 56
Even more crowded, with 30 Brokers.
If I put you in Texas Instruments
at 11 and took you out at 47--
57 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT I - AUTO SHOP BULLPEN - DAY 57
More Brokers still - now there’s 45.
--Walmart at 16 and took you out
at 95, you wouldn’t say Chester
pick me up 10,000 shares? C’mon.
CLIENT #3 (O.S.)
Well yeah, in that case I would.
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58 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT II - BULLPEN - DAY (NOV ‘90) 58
New offices now, a real brokerage firm. The bullpen is
large, with 75 Brokers at polished maple desks, sitting
before computers talking into headsets.
So the problem is that I don’t
have the luxury of a track record.
Sir, let me reintroduce myself to
you. My name is Donnie Azoff--
58A CUT TO: 58A
--Nicky Koskoff-- *
58B CUT TO: 58B
58C CUT TO: 58C
Peter DeBlasio from Stratton
Oakmont in New York City--
58D CUT TO: 58D
--and I plan on being the top
broker in my firm this year.
58E CUT TO: 58E
So what about this? We start
small with 500 shares, a cash
outlay of $20,000.
58F CUT TO: 58F
If the stock goes up 10%, will
that make you a rich man? Of
58G CUT TO: 58G
If if goes down 10%, will it make
you a poor man? No..
58H CUT TO: 58H
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What this trade will do is serve
as a benchmark for future
58J CUT TO: 58J
The downside is minimal and the
upside is a long-term relationship
with a broker on Wall Street who
will consistently make you money.
58K CUT TO: 58K
Your only regret will be that I
didn’t call you six months ago.
58L CUT TO: 58L
CLIENT #1 (O.S.)
(to Robbie Feinberg)
58M CUT TO: 58M
CLIENT #2 (O.S.)
(to Sea Otter)
Give me 300 shares.
58N CUT TO: 58N
CLIENT #3 (O.S.)
(to Peter DeBlasio)
58P CUT TO: 58P
CLIENT #4 (O.S.)
I’ll take 5000 shares.
4PM the place goes nuts as Jordan emerges from his office *
holding a spread sheet. He addresses the crowd of 100
BROKERS, which now includes a dozen WOMEN.
Everybody have a good week?
Applause; war whoops.
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I’d like to read you something.
(reads spread sheet)
Month end, March 1991! $28.7
million in gross commissions - all *
in Stratton issues. Not bad for *
penny stocks, huh boys? Not bad *
for dumpin’ penny stocks. *
The place goes WILD with applause.
And to celebrate with a weekly act
of debauchery, I have offered our
lovely sales assistant Danielle
Harrison ten thousand dollars to *
have her head shaved!
Jordan motions to DANIELLE HARRISON, 19, pretty, sitting *
in a chair nearby. Behind her, Rugrat uses clippers to
shave her thick brown mane. The place goes nuts.
FYI, Danielle tells me she’s using
the money for breast implants! Is
this a great company or what?!!
More wild applause as Jordan signals across the bullpen
to Donnie. We hear the opening strains of “Stars &
Stripes Forever” as he opens the door to a
COLLEGE MARCHING BAND
dressed in underwear and hats. The music continues as
somersaulting GYMNASTS and BATON-TWIRLERS bring up the
rear. As they march through the bullpen to cheers--
FROM THE KITCHEN -- two dozen TUXEDO-CLAD WAITERS emerge
carrying trays of champagne and hors d’oeuvres. The
music continues as two dozen STRIPPERS bolt in, gyrating
among the BROKERS. As Jordan surveys the insanity:
Word spread throughout Wall
Street -- I was becoming a legend.
Forbes Magazine even called to do
a profile on me...
60 SCENES 60 - 67 OMITTED 60
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68 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT II - JORDAN’S OFFICE - DAY 68
Jordan finishes up an interview with a FEMALE FORBES
REPORTER - ALIYAH FARRAN. They shake hands, then he
smiles for the camera - CLICK!
A total fucking hatchet job.
69 INT. JORDAN’S MANHATTAN APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM - MORNING 69
A gorgeous place; city views. As Teresa sits nearby, a
distraught Jordan paces, holding the copy of Forbes.
That conniving little twat!
“The Wolf of Wall Street”.
(on the bright side)
Your hair looks good.
“Jordan Belfort, a twisted version
of Robin Hood who takes from the
rich and gives to himself and his
merry band of brokers”.
There’s no such thing as bad
70 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT II - BULLPEN - LATER THAT DAY 70
Bustling with activity. Jordan enters, crosses toward
his office. Off to the side of the bullpen, he notices
three dozen YOUNG MEN in business suits. He approaches
his assistant JANET, 20s, dressed all in black.
The hell’s all this?
The Forbes article. They’re
applying for jobs.
They spot Jordan, start clamoring, waving their resumes.
Mr. Belfort! Over here! Sir!
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Forbes had made me a superstar.
Every day dozens of money-crazed
kids beat a path to my door with
resumes they hadn’t even bothered
Jordan crosses through the packed bullpen, where 150
BROKERS, no older than 22, are crammed elbow to elbow
talking into phones. Some have pets, which they tend to
while they work -- iguanas, snakes, turtles, even a
chimp. Others are getting shoulder rubs by Masseuses
or being fitted for suits by a TAILOR. Over the above:
If we hired ‘em, they dropped out
of college overnight and blew
whatever allowance they had on a
new suit from our in-house tailor.
The median age of our brokerage
couldn’t get served in the bar
down the street.
71 INT. FBI BREAK ROOM - DAY (OCT ‘91) 71
PATRICK DENHAM sits sipping coffee as he reads Forbes.
Not this guy though -- what the
fuck is he even doing here? He
read the Forbes article, too, but
he already had a job.
72 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT III - DAY (MAR ‘92) 72
CLOSE ON two BROKERS wrestling while others cheer them
on. PULL BACK to reveal the place from the opening. 300
young Brokers and their hot ASSISTANTS work the phones.
Within months, we doubled in size,
moved to even bigger offices.
Two other Brokers pump themselves up, chest-bumping and
screaming like football players.
It was a madhouse, a greed-fest,
with equal parts cocaine,
testosterone and body fluids.
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73 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT III - MEN’S ROOM - DAY (MAR ‘92) 73
In a stall, two Brokers snort coke, while another Broker
fucks a Sales Assistant perched on the sink.
I had to declare the office a fuck-
free zone between the hours of 9
and 7, but even that didn’t help.
Taped to the mirror we see a MEMO -- inside a red circle,
two anatomically correct stick figures fuck doggy-style,
a red line slashing through them.
Actually the madness started on
our very first day, when one of
our brokers, Ben Jenner,
christened the elevator by
getting a blowjob from a sales
Two dozen Brokers cheer, watching through the rising
glass elevator as BEN JENNER, 25, gets a blowjob from a
brunette SALES ASSISTANT. *
Her name was Pam and to her
credit, she did have an amazing
technique, with this wild twist
and jerk motion.
75 INT. STRATTON OAKMONT III - JORDAN’S OFFICE - DAY 75
As Pam blows Jordan, Donnie fucks her from behind.
Eventually Ben married her, which
was pretty amazing considering she
blew every guy in the office.
75A INSERT POLAROID - (JUN ‘92) 75A
A wedding photo of Ben and Pam.
He got depressed and killed
himself three years later.
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75B INSERT POLAROID - (JUN ‘95) 75B
A crime scene photo; Ben in his underwear, dead on a
bathroom floor, a gun near his head, which oozes blood.
Anyway, in an attempt to maintain
order, I hired my dad Max as
defacto CFO and head of the
75C INT. JORDAN’S PARENTS’ APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 75C
MAX BELFORT sits smoking, watching a rerun of “The
Equalizer” on TV. His wife, LEAH, does needlepoint.
We called him Mad Max because of
his hair-trigger temper, which
could be set off by something as
innocuous as a ringing telephone.
The phone RINGS.
Who the hell has the goddamn gall
to call this house on a Tuesday
But then the weirdest thing would
happen. Though he’d never been
near England, he’d pick up the
phone and affect an ever-so-slight
Greatly agitated, Max stomps toward the phone.
This was his other persona -- the
super polite, ever-gracious Sir
Hello?... Yes, Gene, right-eo.
Good-good then... Cheerio.
It was absolutely bizarre. He’d
(hangs up phone)
Goddamn fucking halfwit!
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And become Mad Max all over again.
Max curses a blue streak as he stomps back to his chair.
76 SCENE 76 OMITTED 76
Holding a HEADSHOT of the Dwarf from the opening, Jordan
sits talking with Donnie, Robbie and Rugrat.
What if he gets hurt?
He’ll be wearing a helmet. Plus
they’ve got, like, superhuman
I did hear you're not supposed to *
make direct eye contact. If you *
look at them too long in their *
eyes they get freaked out - their *
wires cross. *
I think there’s a limit to how far *
we can go... I mean we can throw *
shit at him and - *
They have a lot of feelings. *
There’s a specific thing that *
they’ll do - You can throw him at *
a dart board but if you want him *
to show his cock or - *
Yes, that’s what this guy does. *
That’s his gift. *
Can we also bowl with him? *
His brother is actually the *
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They strap a skateboard to him and *
throw him down an alley. *
They’re ornery, too, the little
pricks. You gotta be careful.
Get some tranq darts.
A little straitjacket. *
What’s the liability on something *
That's a whole different thing. I *
can get on the phone with some *
people. I can talk to the *
insurance company and tell them *
exactly what we're going to do. *
But I think we go back to the same *
plan - loophole - if we don't *
really consider them people I *
think we are in the clear. *
I think we should keep one in the *
office because I think they’re *
good luck. *
Treat it like the fuckin' thing it *
is. He's coming in. We're paying *
him for something. Treat him with *
respect. And you just shake his *
hand like you don't even think *
anything's wrong. *
You just look like something else *
is going on. *
You don’t look at his eyes. *
Say “thank you for being here”. *
You don’t turn your back on him. *
It’s a sign of disrespect. *
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If you want a cracker or something *
- I’m gonna have some treats in my *
pocket. I want to be in a strip *
club with you guys. Literally pull *
out a brief case and have a little *
fuckin' guy pop out of there. You *
know how much fuckin' pussy you *
The point is get it out. *
Get the jokes out now. Get the *
fuckin’ jokes out now. *
You’re gonna fuck it up. Purge all *
this shit right now. *
That’s what I’m saying - *
When he comes in the room, I want *
him to feel like a human being - *
Business. Business. It’s fuckin’ *
business, bro. *
I want him to feel just like a *
normal human being. Cause you know *
- like one of us. One of us. *
Like he’s an actual human being. *
One of us. *
Gobble, gobble we accept you, one *
of us! One of us! *
One of us. *
Janet pokes her head in. *
Your dad’s coming. With the
American Express bill.
Can you stop him?
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Fuck you, you stop him.
The guys straighten up and head to desk, settle in. Max *
blows in past her, waving a 3-inch-thick bill:
$430,000 dollars in one month!!
dollars in one month!!
Hello, Father. *
They’re business expenses. Just *
The guys titter at “business expenses.”
If you bastards don't wipe those
smug fucking looks off your faces,
I swear to God I'm gonna wipe ‘em
off for you!
(back to Jordan)
Are you insane?
Actually, Max, my portion of the
bill is hardly anything, so I’m on
the same page as you --
Shut the fuck up, Feinberg, you
only have a portion because of my
son, you worthless twerp!
You zip it, too, Azoff, those
boiling teeth of yours are hurting
my fucking eyes!
(turning to Jordan)
My own son! From my very loins!
What do you think this is? *
Will you calm down --
You don't think there's any end in
sight, do you? It's all one giant
party to you schmendricks!
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(holds up AMEX bill)
$26,000 for one dinner!!
Donnie ordered sides.
Yeah, that was... Sorry.
What is EJ Entertainment? What is
(restraining a grin)
You tell me, Dad.
It’s a goddamn prostitution ring
is what it is!!
Jordan feigns shock, turns to Donnie: did you know it was
a prostitution ring?!
Doesn’t the IRS allow for T&A?
It’s T&E and stop fucking with me!
What kind of hookers take credit
Jordan takes the bill, starts flipping through it.
In Stratton parlance, there were
three kinds of hookers. There
were blue chips, the top of the
line. Model material. They were
priced between $300 and $500 and
made you wear a condom unless you
gave them a hefty tip, which I
77A A “BLUE CHIP” HOOKER FLOATS THROUGH, SURROUNDED BY *77A
STRATTON BROKERS. *
Then came NASDAQs, who were
pretty, but not great, usually
in the two to three hundred
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77B A “NASDAQ” HOOKER DANCES THROUGH BULLPEN. STRATTON *77B
BROKERS WATCH. *
Finally there were pink sheets,
skanks, the bottom of the barrel.
77C A “PINK SHEET” HOOKER, COVERED IN TATTOOS, IS ON ALL *77C
FOURS AS SEA OTTER RIDES HER LIKE A PONY. *
They usually cost a hundred or
less, and if you didn't wear a
condom, you'd get a penicillin
shot the next day and pray your
dick didn't fall off.
77D THE ABOVE-MENTIONED “PINK SHEET” HOOKER SITS ON A STOOL, *77D
AS SEA OTTER FUCKS HER. *
Not that we didn’t fuck them, too.
Believe me, we did.
Behind him, the other guys wait their turns. *
77E BACK TO SCENE 77E
Max continues to steam so Jordan ushers Robbie, Rugrat
and Donnie out the door.
Give us a minute, will you, guys?
He closes the door, then stretches a bit, exaggeratedly,
letting out a little moan.
What’s the matter?
Nothing, just... My back’s been
killing me. Pain shooting down my
leg. Not to worry, it’ll pass.
What do the doctors say?
Doctors, what do they know? I’m on
like twenty different medications.
(re: the Amex bill)
Look, I know it's hard for you to
make sense of these expenses, but
there's a method here, okay? *
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Max waits to hear it; Jordan gestures to the bullpen *
And you have to lead by example,
is that it?
I’m tellin’ ya, kid, one of these
days... one of these days the
chickens are gonna come home to *
In order to keep these guys *
working, I gotta keep ‘em *
spending. I need to keep them *
chasing the dream. You flash some *
cash, they do the same. It keeps *
them motivated. *
Pissing away money? That’s what *
motivates you kids? *
I could afford to pay them more, *
but then they wouldn't need me as *
much. And as long as they need me *
they'll always fear me. I know it *
sounds crazy. *
Crazy? This... is obscene. *
He turns and exits. Jordan watches him go, thinking.
It was obscene -- in the normal
world. But who wanted to live
Massive, with an Olympic-size pool overlooking the beach.
Dozens of luxury cars parked outside. On a balcony,
Jordan is mid-speech, in a bathing suit, addressing the
Strattonites below, Teresa at his side.
-- so enjoy yourselves, you all
deserve a celebration. ‘Cept for
Kimmie, she’s lazy and she steals. *
(off laughter, Kimmie *
flips him the bird;
he blows her a kiss)
But, everybody, keep this in mind.
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JORDAN (O.C.) (CONT'D)
As my friend Donnie Azoff says,
“If you wanna party with the boys,
you gotta wake up with the men.”
Monday morning I want you all
looking razor-sharp. Cuz
Stratton’s got a few things on the
horizon, things that’re gonna take
it right up into the fucking
The Crowd goes nuts. One Broker lets loose a wolf-howl,
and the crowd toasts Jordan, chanting his name.
Jor-dan! Jor-dan! Jor-dan!
As Jordan looks down smiling like a benevolent dictator --
Fuck Merrill Lynch, this way we
become the underwriters.
ROBBIE (PRE-LAP) *
Like an investment bank.
GORGEOUS PEOPLE dance/drink/snort coke. Upstairs, Jordan
plays pool with Sea Otter, Donnie, Robbie, Toby and
Rugrat, assigning ludes with every pocketed ball.
Exactly. We do our own IPO’s and
we will print money.
Eat like a bird, shit like an
They can take their Harvard asses
under our desks and suck our
How soon can you get the paperwork
Can’t we talk about this Monday?
It’s a simple fucking question.
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Except I’m looking at three of you
We’ve got Arncliffe National,
they’re looking to go public,
we’ve got --
Oh, oh, Steve... Steve...
Donnie gesticulates wildly. The guys crack up. WE PUSH
IN ON Donnie, practically drooling, as Jordan gives us a
quick tutorial on ludes...
79A QUAALUDE TUTORIAL *79A
CUT TO: Extreme close up of guys doing drugs. *
The quaalude was first synthesized
in 1951 by an Indian doctor --
that’s dot Indian, not feathers --
as a sedative, and was prescribed
to stressed housewives with sleep
disorders. Pretty soon someone
figured out that if you resisted
the urge to sleep for fifteen
minutes, you got a pretty kick-ass
high from it. Didn’t take long
for people to start abusing ludes,
‘course, and in 1982 the U.S.
Government Schedule One’d them,
along with the rest of the world.
Which meant there was only a
finite amount of these things
left. No shit, you can’t even
find ‘em anymore today. You
people’re all shit outta luck.
79B BACK TO SCENE *79B
What’re you saying, buddy?
(to the others)
Shhhh... listen to him...
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Jordan suspects Donnie may actually be onto something.
But just then...
Jordan peers over the balcony where Sea Otter’s looking.
NAOMI LAPAGLIA. 22, the hottest blonde ever, has entered
the party with her date BLAIR. She smiles, full lips
parting over perfect white teeth, a ridiculously short
dress barely covering her long tan legs and full breasts.
My nutsack’s about to explode.
Someone’s gotta take that down.
There’s no debate who that someone should be. Eyes
locked on Naomi, Jordan makes his way downstairs.
WITH NAOMI taking in the party, her eyes flitting to
things: art, chandeliers, crystal, etc.
A lotta people would look at me
and think: “golddigger, she’s out
to land the richest husband she
can.” But you see, I came from
nothing. Like, below the poverty
line. And when you come from
nothing, being rich means never
having to go back to that.
Jordan approaches CRISTY, 20s, one of his guests.
(he smiles; Cristy
picks up his intent)
Have you met my friend Naomi?
Jordan takes Naomi’s hand, doesn’t let go.
You have an awesome house. I
don’t think I’ve ever been in a
house like this.
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You like it? I just got it. I
guess it’s okay. Six bedrooms,
two hot-tubs, one off the master
suite overlooking the water. You
like to jet-ski?
Naomi’s date Blair offers his hand to break them apart.
Toby Welch lurks behind him, giving him the evil-eye.
Hi. Blair Hollingsworth.
Jordan barely acknowledges him, focused on Naomi.
Outside, HILDY AZOFF chats with Teresa. Her eyes stray
to Jordan chatting up Naomi. Teresa’s eyes follow hers
and sees them. Ouch. Hildy goes.
You’re telling me you’ve never jet-
ski’ed in your life?!
Y’know, we really should hit it,
there’s two other parties we’re
s’posed to get to --
What? You just got here. Stay.
Naomi looks like she’d like to. Hildy approaches,
introduces herself, then:
Jordan, Teresa needs your help.
I dunno, you’ll have to ask your
wife what she wants.
Jordan sees: Teresa is watching from afar.
Oh sweet Jesus!
Jordan turns to see a drunk Donnie, cock in hand, jerking
off to Naomi. Hildy comes running over.
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Donnie! What the fuck are you
During the melee that follows -- Hildy admonishing
Donnie, Blair removing Naomi from the party --
The day I met Naomi was the day I
truly became the Wolf. Every guy
wanted her -- so I had to have
-- Jordan watches her go. Naomi shoots a glance back to
him and, like that, he’s hooked.
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