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Boiler Room (2000)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  18 February 2000 (USA)
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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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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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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


$8,000,000 (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 »


When Seth is driving on the Long Island Expressway he says he goes to his interview off exit 53. In the next frame you see Seth driving on Northern Blvd. which is exit 32. Further in this scene we see Seth driving on Northern Blvd. east but then cuts to a scene where he is traveling west on Northern Blvd. which would make him driving the total opposite way of where he wanted to go. See more »


Seth Davis: [Narrating] I had a very strong work ethic. The problem was my ethics in work.
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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 »


Destiny Complete
Written by M. Ludlum and The Angel (as Angel C.)
Performed by The Angel featuring Mystic
Courtesy of Devilishly Good Productions
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A sale is always made...
25 March 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I remember when i had a short stint working for this telemarketing company, my boss used to always say "A sale is made on every call. Either you sell them what you are selling or they sell you an excuse." This is the message that this film hammers through: the lure of fast money and the power of persuation; you can destroy someone's life with one phonecall. Now unlike the characters in Boiler Room, im not trying to scam you out of your life savings- so stop reading these reviews and see the movie. You won't regret it. 8/10

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