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Boiler Room (2000)

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A college dropout, attempting to win back his father's high standards he gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm, which puts him on the fast track to success, but the job might not be as legitimate as it once appeared to be.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Griesemer ...
David Younger ...
Kid (as Russell Harper)


Seth Davis is a college dropout running an illegal casino from his rented apartment. Driven by his domineering fathers disapproval at his illegitimate existence and his desire for serious wealth, Seth suddenly finds himself seduced by the opportunity to interview as a trainee stock broker from recent acquaintance Greg (Nicky Katt). Walking into the offices of JT Marlin, a small time brokerage firm on the outskirts of New York - Seth gets an aggressive cameo performance from Jay (Ben Affleck) that sets the tone for a firm clearly placing money above all else. Seth's fractured relationship with his father and flirtatious glances from love interest Abbie (Nia Long) are enough to keep Seth motivated in his new found career. As he begins to excel and develop a love for the hard sale and high commission, a few chance encounters leads Seth to question the legitimacy of the firm's operations - placing him once again at odds with his father and what remains of his morality. With homages to ... Written by mikal

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There's no such thing as making too much money or taking too many risks See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 February 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vruća linija  »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,722,884, 20 February 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,938,179, 4 July 2000
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ratner's, the famous Lower East Side restaurant, in which Seth and his family eat dinner, is also a restaurant that Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider stake-out in The French Connection (1971). See more »


When Greg gives Seth his first orientation meeting he tells him each potential client card has only their name occupation, and phone number, however when Seth attempts to pitch Harry Reynard he asks him what he does for a living. See more »


Richie: Get the fuck out of here before I put you in a mayonnaise jar.
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Crazy Credits

At the start of the film, the New Line Cinema studio logo features the faces from various U.S. Dollar bills, and the studio fanfare music uses a hip-hop "scratch" sound effect. See more »


Referenced in Bull: Name Game (2017) See more »


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The real thing
23 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

The plot in Boiler Room is true to reality. A friend of mine was telling me about an outfit he used to work for in the 80's. Worked just like JT Marlin. They switched name three times in two years. My friend called people who lived far away so he wouldn't have to run into them at the grocery store.

The way the company keeps their brokers hungry is by encouraging excessive spending, such as luxury cars, so they have to make even more money to keep up with the lifestyle.

Boiler Room has a group of young actors that all play their parts well. Giovanni Ribisi makes a good appearance, and Nia Long needs to be in more movies.

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