A college dropout, attempting to live up to his father's high standards, 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 first appeared to be.
Seth Davis is a college dropout running an illegal casino from his rented apartment. Driven by his domineering father's 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 Jim (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 newfound career. As he begins to excel and develop a love for the hard sale and high commission, a few chance encounters lead 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 Wall...Written by
On Wall Street broker trainees actually make $300 a week, but in the film Ben says they make $150 a week, during his speech. These are called cold callers. See more »
When the FBI arrests Seth, they tell him to go to work the next day and copy his C Drive onto a floppy. This would be impossible as a floppy disc only holds 1.5 megabytes and his hard drive would hold Gigabytes, at least. See more »
I was making good money with the casino but these guys were "macking" it hard, that's the level I wanted to be operating on so I drove out to Long Island, the office was a good hour from Wall Street, somebody forgot to tell the guys who worked there though, they looked and acted like they took the sixth train to Fulton Street every morning but it wasn't Wall Street it was exit fifty three on the Long Island Expressway, a good hour from the New York Stock Exchange, "Group interview my...
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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 »
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.
Boiler Room is good, but not great. But most people misunderstand the plot or buy into the marketing. This is NOT ABOUT day-traders. It is about so-called Boiler Room brokerage houses ("Chop Shops").
Boiler Room has very little to do with either the GlenGary Glen Ross or Wall Street movies. Yes, it happens to quote them a few times and the "greed is good"/"ABC -- Always Be Closing" themes are part of Boiler Room, but the movie is not those movies. If you really want to know what this movie is about, read "License to Steal".
This movie is basically LtS-lite. You'll learn a lot more about how scrappy brokerages manipulate fake IPOs to make millions for their employees.
And this is not a love story and Ben Affleck is mediocre at best. You might say it is a story about the relationship between a son and father.
To sum up: If you want to learn about day trading, see Wall Street.
If you want to learn about stock chop shops, read License to Steal.
If you want a decent movie with alot of hip hop but basically an unlikable protagonist, see Boiler Room.
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