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Billionaire Boys Club (1987)

Based on a true story: Ron Levin, a wealthy businessman has disappeared. No body is found, but there was a list with instructions in his house - a recipe for murder. Its author Joe Hunt is ... See full summary »

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Based on a true story: Ron Levin, a wealthy businessman has disappeared. No body is found, but there was a list with instructions in his house - a recipe for murder. Its author Joe Hunt is the defendant. The successful young business man had formed a team of prestigious former fellow students for a risky project which should make them all rich. His partners claim they didn't know about the means. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.i.suck.juicy.plumsZoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Based on the true story of the Billionare Boys Club which formed in 1983. See more »

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When Hunt jumps from the roof into the pool, it's shown in slow motion, and it's an obvious stuntman for actor Judd Nelson. See more »

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Referenced in DuckTales: The Billionaire Beagle Boys Club (1989) See more »

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Tell me, tell me. How to be, how to be. A Billinionaire?
4 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Billionaire Boys Club is based on the true story of Joe Hunt (Nelson), a shady investor who built an empire on B.S back in the early 80s. Known as the BBC, the story involves a couple of guys recruited into Hunt's company on the promise of making millions. However, everytime Hunt's lapdogs think his boss has used his cleverness to make them filthy rich, they instead find themselves with financial losses. Trying to recoup a mounting pile of debt made from giant b.s. deals, the ruthless Hunt involves select members of the BBC to aid in the worst of crimes to get what they want. But, a few, scared of how far Hunt will go, try to stop Hunt's brutal reign of terror possibly before real damage begins.

The bulk of the story is told in flashback in accordance with testimony of various witnesses at Hunt's murder trial. Most of the testimony comes from Hunt's closet collegue and accomplice, Dean Karney(MacNamara) who was offered immunity in exchange for his testimony. As the story of fraud, greed, kidnapping, and murder unravels, it is unusual how lightly those other than Joe (who naturally behaves with such cruelty) react knowing all the crimes they've committed. A murder here and there, but they can still have such good times at a birthday party, for example. And what's even more disgusting is how the defense team for Joe Hunt tried to write off everything as immature gimmicks, simply stating that Hunt was innocent despite the large number of witnesses testifying against him and the vast paperwork trails that reinforce his guilt. If that was the actual closing arguments offered by the defense, my only guess was it was a last hope that Hunt could get off. And what is even more laughable is how brazen Hunt was about absolutely everything. He is not a sympathetic character in any light. Neither are too many others in the BBC, except for the three responsible for setting off the case that eventually brought down Joe Hunt. And what is much more sickening than that Joe Hunt wasn't the first and isn't the last in the game of greedy ambition (recall that 'Boiler Room' based on a true story that occurred many years after the case of Joe Hunt and the BBC).

I think part of the attraction, too, to this movie is the cast of young actors: Judd Nelson, Brian MacNamara (always an enjoyable actor), John Stockwell, Raphael Sbarge, and many others.

It is an insight into much of the corporate greed that went on particularly in the 1980s.


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