Gecko's Revenge: Worldcom and Xerox
Oliver Stone's testosterone-and-sermon-laden Wall Street was both commentary on the seductive wealth of the 1980s and, perhaps a glimpse into the 1990s. The reason you don't hear the Left decrying the 1990s in the same way that they do the Dark Ages of the 1980s is because there was a Democrat in the White House from 1993-2001. The accounting chicanery of Worldcom and Xerox came at the high time of the Clinton economy, which itself was a maturation of the Reagan-Bush economy of the previous decade. Plus, it reveals the flaws of individuals, flaws that rippled throughout the stockholding and consumer communities. Eventually, the faux success of the large and established companies faded to the reality of losses. If the 1980s was about the accumulation of wealth, then the 1990s were about its manufacture. It seems that politicians have their spin doctors and large corporations their Andersen accountants. Interestingly, the fall after the pride usually takes place after or during an economic slowdown. This isn't new, it's just more and more expensive for the people involved.
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Ok, now let's get to the portion of the book-to-movie translation that is also not a difficult fix. Late in the book KGB Chairman Gerasimov orders the kidnapping of a missile defense scientist as a pawn in his power play in the Kremlin. You can fix this in one of 2 ways -- either you keep the Russian angle, OR you have al Qaeda or some other undesirable do the dirty deed. I don't want to paint Tom Clancy as clairvoyant, but many of his books deal with domestic terrorism. Patriot Games, Sum of All Fears, Debt of Honor, and Executive Orders all have portions dedicated to extensive terrorist operations in the U.S. Indeed, given recent events, kidnapping is rather low on the scale. Still, it makes for some interesting fiction. In the book, the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team is presented with an operational dilemma -- do you emphasize the rescue over the hostage over everything else and take down the kidnappers, or do you operate to capture at least one of them to figure out who employed them in the first place? The FBI's HRT looks great in this book, dated Cold War epic that it was.
So there we go -- 5 different plot points. Put them together -- the Russians, missile defense, Afghanistan, and terrorism -- and what kind of film do you get? Tomorrow we'll find out.
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