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A college dropout 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 sounds.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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FBI Agent David Drew
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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 firms operations - placing him once again at odds with his father and what remains of his morality. With homages to Wall... Written by mikal

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Where would you turn? How far would you go? How hard will you fall? 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:

$6,722,884 (USA) (18 February 2000)


$16,938,179 (USA) (7 July 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The building JT Marlin is located in is actually in Westbury / Garden City NY and is the same building that one of the two companies the movie is based on, Continental Broker Dealer Corp, was housed in before it was shut down. It was not located at exit 53 off the LIE, which is where the other company was located. See more »


Greg is introduced as "Greg Weinstein" by Michael, yet moments later the leader board names him as "Greg Feinstein". See more »


Jim Young: There's an important phrase that we use here, and think it's time that you all learned it. Act as if. You understand what that means? Act as if you are the fucking President of this firm. Act as if you got a 9" cock. Okay? Act as if.
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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 Film Geek (2005) See more »


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Written by Rakim, DJ Premier, Bodie Chandler and Barry De Vorzon
Performed by Rakim
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
Contains a sample of "Down & Out in NYC"
Performed by James Brown
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Contains a sample of "Wild Style Dixie Battle"
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These Guys Can Act!
3 August 2006 | by (Mexico City, Mexico) – See all my reviews

The large and well-selected cast turned in very powerful performances. They crafted a convincing range of emotions, from cunning cut-throat manipulators of their clients' personal wealth during office hours, to brief examples of their "boys will be boys" shenanigans after hours. The story line is built completely around their personal financial greed, the hapless victims they scammed to realize it (with the greatest focus on one of them), and a well-sustained sense of mystery that plants seeds of possibilities along the way. The ending was not at all predictable; it could have gone in any of several directions. The viewer gets the impression that if these predators could yank even the last remaining penny out of a client on his (they targeted males) deathbed, they'd gleefully do so and view it as a major coup giving them full bragging rights. There's a hint of information about how legitimate stockbrokers earn their credentials and that was enlightening. The romantic angles are minimalized and that serves to benefit the film. The language is consistently coarse, but certainly seemed realistic for the characters' ages, their business sector and their work ethic. For everyone who enjoyed "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Wall Street" (both of which are alluded to in the film), or even more appropriately "The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron," this feature will really score a bulls-eye.

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