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Why did Aunt Emma specifically mention living through the '60s?

Aunt Emma has spotted that Jordan has cocaine on his nose and makes a joke about it being sugar powder to spare them both the embarrassment. As he leans in to hug her, Aunt Emma spots some white ...
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Why does the person who speaks first lose?

As we see in the film's screenplay Jordan is teaching his guys client-management skills, in particular using an upcoming event to try to show that they're 'in the know' about what shares will do. If ...
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Why is Jordan Belfort using a dwarf instead of darts to aim at the dartboard?

Unfortunately, this was an actual thing back in the 1980's when the movie was set particularly amongst such spoiled people such as the protagonist. Dwarf-tossing, also called midget-tossing, is a pub/...
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What exactly is going on when the brokers place a cylindrical object into a box that is attached to the wall, and then close it?

This is a pneumatic tube, used to quickly internally transfer some data/money. Used in banks, supermarkets and other places... Mark Hanna slams down his phone in victory, scrawls out a “buy” ticket. ...
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Why did Jordan dislike the millionaire?

Based on the source novel, it's that he thinks that Scott (Jerry in the film) is a yuppie arsehole. By definition, Scott's superior must be an even bigger arsehole. I bit my lip and said nothing. The ...
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Why is Jordan Belfort using a dwarf instead of darts to aim at the dartboard?

This actually happened, according to the source novel by Jordan Belfort. They discuss the pros and cons of dwarf-tossing (as a means of motivating their workforce) at considerable length. It was less ...
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What's the meaning of "Tootski"?

Taken from Urban Dictionary: Slang for cocaine. Code word used by Bill Murray in early SNL scenes. Wearing sunglasses and acting shady, he'd offer "tootski", then quickly glance around for ...
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Why did Jordan Belfort need people with Swiss passports to smuggle money?

I think I may have found the answer in the Wolf of Wall Street Collection by Jordan Belfort But how could I work around Swiss banking laws? ... The simple fact was that if I were to open an account ...
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What exactly is going on when the brokers place a cylindrical object into a box that is attached to the wall, and then close it?

That's a pneumatic tube system. The movie's source novel has a little more info about what it's used for and where it goes. Every so often a broker would slam his phone down in victory and then fill ...
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Did the Duchess steal the $50,000 at the butler's gay party?

Patrick (Nicholas in the film), or more likely one of his 'guests', probably stole the money. In the source novel by Jordan Belfort we learn that the butler hosted an orgy with 21(!) guests. All of ...
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What was Stratton Oakmont doing that was actually illegal?

Primarily, securities fraud. Keeping in mind that the film is based on a true story, with Jordan Belfort being a real person, we can find out what charges sent him to prison. Wikipedia states that ...
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How does the name "Rugrat" fit with a hairpiece?

In the source novel, Belfort's friend was 'Wigwam', rather than 'Rugrat', so named because his hairpiece looked like a prototypical Native American wigwam. Andy was wearing the typical Stratton ...
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Why does it show them arguing about TNE vs. TNA?

The four men are acting like children. They're trying to make each other laugh, because dad is so angry and they're supposed to be taking the situation seriously. Donnie says "T&A" (which is ...
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What's the purpose of this small editing effect?

I can only posit a theory. It's a 'cut for time'. As is common knowledge, the movie runs long. Initially it ran even longer, so some decisions had to be made as to what to lose. We may never know ...
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Were there any legal issues due to McDonald's references?

Update related to first question, from Wikipedia's "defamation" entry: For McDonalds to have a claim, McDonalds would have to be able to prove it was damaged by the statements. And to the extent the ...
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Why did people continue to trust Stratton in the Wolf of Wall Street?

Well, it is all pretty much explained in the movie. Also, a few points should be noted: This all happened between 1989 and 1996: Stratton Oakmont operated between 1989 and 1996, this was the pre-WWW ...
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What does it mean to “give somebody a pass”?

You're correct; I don't remember the specific context of this scene other than Brad and Donnie don't like each other. Donnie thinks he is an important part of Jordan's Wall Street operation, and that ...
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If Mark tells them not to dial at 9:30, why are they dialing at 9:30?

He is not telling them not to dial at 9:30. He is reminding them that 9:30 is way too late to start dialing. The place emphasis on the word start. It is another way to say the early bird catches the ...
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Why wouldn't Jean Jacques cooperate with the U.S. Justice Department for an account under a different name?

You're overthinking this one. The Swiss banker is just saying that they'd be forced to cooperate with a subpoena in Belfort's name. If he operates the account in someone else's name, they can happily ...
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How does being in first class help in Jordan’s drug situation?

In the source novel, Belfort tried to sexually assault a stewardess. Luckily, his friends had brought plenty of 'walking-around money' and with the assistance of their government contacts they were ...
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Did Jordan Belfort really own the most expensive real estate in the world?

Belfort's house was on the Gold Coast of Long Island, NY, USA. Look online for lists of the most expensive house or real estate in the USA or in the world. If you look at different lists from ...
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Why is Merrill Lynch taking money from Jordan Belfort and his team?

Underwriters charge a fee for their services. Merrill Lynch are not taking all of anyone's money, that's hyperbole, but they are charging for what they do. The character is saying that if they ...
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Who was Naomi dancing with after the yacht sinks?

You are talking about the girl with Naomi in this scene, right! She is indeed Donnie Azoff's wife Hildy Azoff played by Mackenzie Meehan. Wiki says: Jordan, Donnie, and their wives are on a yacht ...
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Why did Jordan dislike the millionaire?

He didn't dislike him. It's just a way to say: "this guy would do anything (anything!) to make money." No matter the cost, he'll do it. No moral limits or obstacles. No feeling of guilt (no ...
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Why are Stratton Oakmont employees making fun of Steve Madden?

Because Stratton Oakmont are a rowdy, uncouth bunch of man-children who represent the modern, corporate version of Lord of the Flies. Steve Madden was famous for designing shoes. And, not the toxic ...
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Why would investing in rising stock not give profit?

[For a brief answer, skip to the bottom] @F1Krazy gave a great explanation of how early investment in rising stocks before they start rising makes the client a higher profit. Investing in a stock ...
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Why would investing in rising stock not give profit?

I think you misunderstood, but you do actually hint at the answer in the question: by the time you read about rising stocks in the newspapers, it is already too late to invest in those stocks to get ...
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Why does it show them arguing about TNE vs. TNA?

He says T&A because they spent the money on strippers and hookers. I mean escorts, like the real life person whom the film is based on was known to do. He literally means he spent it on Tits and ...
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