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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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Ben Younger

Writer:

Ben Younger
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovanni Ribisi ... Seth Davis
Vin Diesel ... Chris Varick
Nia Long ... Abbie Halpert
Nicky Katt ... Greg Weinstein
Scott Caan ... Richie O'Flaherty
Ron Rifkin ... Judge Marty Davis
Jamie Kennedy ... Adam
Taylor Nichols ... Harry Reynard
Bill Sage ... FBI Agent David Drew
Tom Everett Scott ... Michael Brantley
Ben Affleck ... Jim Young
John Griesemer John Griesemer ... Concierge
David Younger David Younger ... Marc
Herbert Russell ... Kid (as Russell Harper)
Mark Webber ... Kid
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Where would you turn? How far would you go? How hard will you fall? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

18 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vruća linija See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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New Line Cinema,Team Todd See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Having known the FBI are going to raid the office why would Seth go to Chris to ask him to sign a sell ticket so Harry Reynard could "dump" his shares on the open market and make his money back. Seth confirms this goof by saying "what's the difference?" The FBI would cancel all transactions made long before the raid, the same goof occurs when Seth asks Michael if they can give Harry Med Patent IPO, also before the raid knowing ahead of time the FBI was going to raid the offices. See more »

Quotes

Seth Davis: [Last lines] I ran casino. I've got to figure what I'm going to do next because I'm not a lottery winner. I tried "slinging crack rock" and I never had a jump shot, I've got to find a job.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

DVD features deleted scenes not included in original theatrical version:
  • After the toast at the hotel, you see the guys in the hotel room with the prostitutes and guys outside the room cheering and hollering.
  • When Seth, Chris, and the guys go out to celebrate Seth passing the series 7, there is several minutes worth of footage of the guys just driving around and then going into the restaurant where Richie offends the Hostess .
  • A scene with some of Seth's customers talking in school.
  • An alternate ending showing Seth leaving the building and passing Harry who is carrying a gun on his way into the office.
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Soundtracks

Brand Nubian Rock the Set
Written by Sadat X and Lord Jamar
Performed by Brand Nubian
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Heart and blood of Madoff 's
28 April 2009 | by antileftSee 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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