The biographical crime drama and black comedy film The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) tells the life story of motivational speaker, author, former trader, and wall street stockbroker, Jorden Belfort, who was convicted for different crimes and spent 22 months in a minimum-security prison. Renowned Hollywood director Martin Scorsese directed The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), while Leonardo DiCaprio co-produced and starred as Jorden Belfort. The film is based on a memoir named The Wolf of Wall Street, written by the man himself, Jorden Belfort. The film also stars Margot Robbie as Naomi Lapaglia, Jonah Hill as Donnie Azoff, and Kyle Chandler as Patrick Denham, the FBI agent.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) premiered on 17 December 2013 in New York City. The film’s distribution company Paramount Pictures released the film in the United States on 25 December 2013. The Wolf of Wall Street was the first film ever to be entirely distributed through digital distribution means. The film was a huge commercial success. With its budget of $100 million, it grossed over $392 million on its theatrical release worldwide. Though it raised a lot of questions for its extremely abusive language, sexual content, full nudity, the morally arguable portrayal of events and hard use of illegal drugs, and the use of animals in production, it was very well received by the critics and the public. Some critics criticized the film for a glorified and lauded portrayal of immoral behaviors and infamous individuals.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) is one of the highest-rated films on movie rating websites. It holds a 79% approval rate on Rotten Tomatoes, an 8.2/10 rating on IMDb, and 75% ratings on Metacritic. The Wolf of Wall Street received several awards and award nominations from different award show such as Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, BAFTA awards, and more.
Awards and Nominations
- The Wolf of Wall Street received five academy award nominations in different categories; Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing for Martin Scorsese, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Performance by an Actor in Supporting Role for Jonah Hill, and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay for Terence Winter.
- The Wolf of Wall Street received two Golden Globe nominations; Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Drama, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for Leonardo DiCaprio, which he won.
- The Wolf of Wall Street received four BAFTA Awards nominations; Best Leading Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Adapted Screenplay for Terence Winter, Best Editing for Thelma Schoonmaker, and David Lean Award for Direction for Martin Scorsese.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) received more than 200 award nominations from several local and international award shows, of which it won 37 awards.
The Plot of The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The film is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who enters wall street at the lowest levels and rises to become a wealthy wall street giant, through illegal and corrupt means. Jordan Belfort starts his own company called Stratton Oakmont initially with 20 employees but soon leads his company to staff more than 250. As their company grows, so does their lifestyle and they are noticed by different business magazines which makes them famous. The Forbes magazine publishes an article on Jordan Belfort and calls him The Wolf of Wall Street. With their millions of dollars’ suspicious earnings every day, they draw the attention of the FBI.
Belfort and his friend Azoff are aware of the danger they are in, so they try to save their money and save themselves from being convicted by putting their money in foreign banks but the FBI is noticing their every move. FBI is ready to take action against them and seize all their assets and money and put Belfort in jail.
Amazing Facts about The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
- The Wolf of Wall Street was the most abusive language film of all time, it set the Guinness World Record for most instances of swearing in a movie.
- The actors used crushed B vitamins as cocaine, in the cocaine-snorting scenes.
- Most of the important scenes in the film were improvised by the actors.
- The humming scene of Matthew McConaughey where he beats his chest while making a humming sound was improvised by him. This humming ritual is actually McConaughey’s warm-up practice before acting.
- The scene in which Naomi (Margot Robbie) comes in front of Belfor (Leonardo DiCaprio) totally naked, was actually her own choice. Film director Martin Scorsese offered her to wear a bathrobe in this scene but she said that she would do the scene fully nude. This was her first fully nude scene.
- The scene in which Belford is totally impaired on Lemmons (drug), and opens his car’s door with his foot, was totally improvised by DiCaprio on the day of filming. He strained his back in the process and could only do it once.
- The renowned Hollywood director and producer Steven Spielberg visited the set of The Wolf of Wall Street on the day the Steve Madden speech scene was being filmed. According to Scorsese, Spielberg gave advice to actors and crew members and basically directed the whole scene.
- DiCaprio was so nervous during his kissing scene with Joanna Lumley that they had to take around 27 takes to get it right.
- To play his character right, DiCaprio sought Belfort’s advice on how he (Belfort) would react in certain situations and how he would react to drugs.
- For playing the role of Jorden Belfort, Leonardo DiCaprio received $25 million which was 25% of the $100 million budget of the film. He was the highest-paid actor that year.
Production Company: Red Granite Pictures, Sikelia Productions, Appian Way Productions, EMJAG Productions
Producer: Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Joey McFarland, Riza Aziz, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Director: Martin Scorsese
Film Duration: 180 minutes
Release Date: December 17, 2013 in Ziegfeld Theater New York City, December 25, 2013 in the United States
Cast of The Wolf of Wall Street
as Jorden Belfort
as Naomi Lapaglia
as Donnie Azoff
as Brad Bodnick
as Max Belfort
as Agent Patrick Denham