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Bonfire Of The Vanities And “The Wolf On Wall Street”

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The movie “The Wolf On Wall Street” was a Martin Scorsese interpretation on a memoir by Jordan Belfort, a millionaire who managed to out con his way to the top at any cost. The film, as well as the book, share precise details of Jordan Belfort’s life, and how he managed to cheat, lie, and out smart his way into millions. Jordan Belfort read the book The Bonfire Of The Vanities and used it, as well as the writing style of Hunter S. Thompson, as his inspiration to write his own book, which then became the movie. Although the movie was not directly based on Tom Wolfe 1987 classic The Bonfire Of The Vanities, it does share several similarities, as well as differences, to the memoir.
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The millionaire wrote his memoir in prison, where he did 22 months. Belfort is now a motivational speaker, which also is how the movie ends, and had to pay a $110 million dollars in restitution. The movie depicts his story in a manner of which it deserves, however there was one complaint made by Andrew Greene. Andrew is filling a lawsuit in which he claims that a character in the story (Nicky “Rugrat” Koskoff) was obviously based on him self. “Andrew Greene's lawsuit is also asking for "in excess of" $25 million in damages from the filmmakers, who he said made him look like "a criminal, drug user, degenerate, depraved, and/or devoid of any morality or ethics." (Duke, Page 1) This was the only known complaint made about the comparison of the movie to the truth.
The movie “The Wolf On Wall Street,” and the book The Bonfire Of The Vanities both star a young male who dreams of nothing more than to make money. The movie was not directly based off the book, but they share several similarities, and some key differences that change the movie from the book. The first thing is, obviously, that there is no racism issue in “ The Wolf on Wall Street” like there is in the book. In The Bonfire Of The Vanities Sherman McCoy and his mistress, Maria, get involved in a car accident with two African American men. They flee the scene and agree not to tell anyone what has happened. However, a civil attorney named Albert Vogel finds out about the accident and sends it to the news. The news reporter, Peter...

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