The Wolf of Wall Street

  • 18
  • Martin Scorsese (2013)
  • US
  • 172 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Martin Scorsese's fifth collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio is the closest the director has come so far to duplicating the career-defining highs of the eight films he made with his former favourite collaborator, Robert De Niro. Charting the rise and fall of high-flying New York finance executive Jordan Belfort, who became a multimillionaire in the 1990s through fraudulent share trading and stock-price manipulation, this is an exhilarating story of decadence and debauchery, made all the more thrilling by DiCaprio's charismatic and physical lead performance. Around him, Scorsese has assembled a sterling cast that keeps the demented momentum hurtling forwards, notably Jonah Hill as Belfort's larger-than-life sidekick Donnie. Together, DiCaprio and Hill create a whirlwind of havoc that recalls the hectic, cocaine-fuelled energy of GoodFellas but without the brooding, omnipresent threat of violence. Instead - unusually for a Scorsese movie - the tone is flat-out black comedy, with farcical X-rated laughs, most of them coming from Belfort's various sex and substance addictions, which perfectly offset the savagely funny, Sopranos-style dialogue.

Plot Summary

A New York stockbroker rises from unemployment to become one of the richest men in the city's financial elite through an illegal scheme to defraud investors. His wealth brings him an outrageously debauched lifestyle, but comes at a price as the FBI become suspicious of his manipulation of the markets. Martin Scorsese's fact-based drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey.

Cast and crew


Jordan Belfort
Leonardo DiCaprio
Donnie Azoff
Jonah Hill
Naomi Lapaglia
Margot Robbie
Patrick Denham
Kyle Chandler
Max Belfort
Rob Reiner
Mark Hanna
Matthew McConaughey
Jon Bernthal
Jean-Jacques Saurel
Jean Dujardin
Manny Riskin
Jon Favreau
Aunt Emma
Joanna Lumley
Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff
P J Byrne
Spike Jonze
Toby Welch
Ethan Suplee
Captain Ted Beecham
Shea Whigham
Leah Belfort
Christine Ebersole
Chester Ming
Kenneth Choi
Stratton Oakmont commercial
Edward Herrmann
Auckland Straight Line host
Jordan Belfort
Agent Hughes
Ted Griffin


Martin Scorsese

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 17 Jan 2014
Certificate 18