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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:

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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?


Second Collaberation between Vin Diseal and Giovanni Ribsi, the first one a year before in " Saving Private Ryan" (1999) See more »


When Seth is pulling into the parking lot we see the front license plate on his Volvo is New York QAG836. When Seth arrives at the party where the boys are watching "Wall Street" he parks across the street and walks behind a black sports car with the same license plate - New York QAG836. See more »


Jim Young: [to the new recruits] Anybody who tells you money is the root of all evil doesn't fucking have any.
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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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New York (Ya Out There)
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
Courtesy of Universal Music Special Markets
Contains a sample of "Wild Style Dixie Battle"
Performed by Chief Rocker Busy Bee
Courtesy of Pow Wow Productions
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Very impressed
26 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Although Giovanni Ribisi is the main character, Seth, one of the most outstanding performances is by Vin Diesel as Chris. In Boiler Room he shows that he is more than muscle as he acts his pants off! If you like Wall Street, you will love this - there is even a tribute to it in the movie. An intelligent movie dealing with the desire to get rich quick, regardless of the consequences. A must see!

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