John McTiernan’s Predator was a manly movie. Most 80’s action movies would be satisfied with having a bunch of commandos shooting up a gang of insurgents in the jungle. But that’s Predator‘s starting point. From there, the military guys find themselves hunted by an alien creature. By comparison, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street is a lot more grounded. In his still-topical drama, greedy men do whatever it takes to make themselves just a little bit richer.
In 1987, Michael Douglas was having a very good year. He had the biggest hit of his career to date (adjusted for inflation, Fatal Attraction remains the highest-grossing movie in Douglas’ filmography) and he would go on to win Best Actor (not Best Supporting Actor) for a supporting role in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. Douglas’ one-two punch of 1987 pushed him into the A-list and fueled his career as a leading man into the next decade.
Our two headliners today are married, making it very easy to find a photo of the two of them together.
Michael Douglas, son of actor Kirk, turns 72 today. In the 1970s his acting career took off on television’s Streets of San Francisco, but during that decade his greatest fame came as a producer, when One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest won Best Picture for 1975. He produced and co-starred in The China Syndrome, but he did not emerge as a convincing leading man until another film he produced in 1984, involving a map, a fabulous emerald, and Kathleen Turner: