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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

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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 »


Harry Renard could've pressed criminal charges against Seth and J,T. Marlin. See more »


Chris Varick: [Over the phone] Hi Dr. Jacobs this is Chris marlin over at JT Marlin
Dr. Jacobs: Marlin?
Chris Varick: [Another broker turns on the speaker phone ] Right, his my father, so my associate tells me you're interested in one of our stocks?
Dr. Jacobs: Yes, MSC sounds like it might be interesting
Chris Varick: Might be? "Might be" doesn't sell stock at the rate MSC is going for, we're talking a very high volume here
Dr. Jacobs: Well, I still have to run it by my people
Chris Varick: That's great doc if you want to miss another opportunity and watch your colleagues get rich ...
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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 »


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Keepin' the Faith
Written by Prince Paul, Trugoy The Dove, Vincent Mason, Posdnuos, Mark Adams, Steve Arrington, Mark Hicks, Raymond Turner, Dan Webster, Starleana Young, Thomas Locket, Bob Marley and Rod Temperton
Performed by De La Soul
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Music
Contains samples of "Just a Touch of Love" performed by Slave, "Could You Be Loved" performed by Bob Marley and "Sign of the Times" performed by Bob James
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Heart and blood of Madoff 's
28 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

There is hardly a movie that after nearly a decade proves even more real than reality itself, thus being perhaps one of the most prescient movies ever. Who would 've predicted that in less than a 10-year time America and the world would have found itself on the brink of a total collapse with eggheads and presidents alike unable to do anything to stop this chaos , having been brought on by that very human quality in its most negative sense , namely one of the basic destructive forces within men –greed ?! Yep , the authors of this film should be immediately named presidents of Harvard Economics Departments for painting a completely real picture of 25year old brokers at a anonymous JT Marlin , where only one rule applies : from now on you are in the world of 'as if ': act as if you were a multi-billionaire,as if you had a 9 inch penis ' , as the sky is the limit , and those selected ,will earn their first million$ within a year , and how - by lying , by selling non-existing stock to 'suckers'or to 'the old and dumb ' .No level of shenanigans , subterfuge, pretense is shied upon , as long as the line is open , and hundreds , perhaps thousands , constantly fed by the Orwellian propaganda of joy , prosperity and progress are virtually standing in line to feed their primordial sin – avarice ! Even though this little known celluloid work of art , propelled with a proper amount of fiercest rap and ingenious shots of Big Apple-sorry , more like the most vicious image of Gotham City and its environs , ends on a bright note, the damage of this philosophy of no work – roof top returns are unfortunately seen today on every corner of the globe with the horrible prospects ahead. Superb acting by everyone , specially by G. Ribisi and V. Diesel and a film that must be shown as lesson number one at all Economics Departments around this planet . With Nobel prize winners for this arcane ' craft ' cum philosophy cum science-Economics in obligatory attendance !

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