This is a good movie about life as a pit trader back in the days before technology started creeping in with computer trading.
A person with just a high school education had a shot at learning the ropes and becoming very wealthy. On the other hand, a person could wind up losing it all and go back to the bottom rung of employment wages.
This was a time before computer charts and one had to be able to stand their ground and compete with others in the trading pit to get the best trades.
With the rise of computers and automation, the need for floor trading was reduced and many former pit trading masters had trouble adapting to the new landscape.
The new age of computerized trading ended the careers of some, but at the same time opened the door for a new generation of traders like myself who can now trade from their home.
The trading opportunities and risks are still there, but the tools and methods of the past have been updated with the progress in technology.