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Boiler Room (2000)

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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.

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Ben Younger

Writer:

Ben Younger
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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 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 anonymous

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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Seth Davis: [Narrating] 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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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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Keepin' the Faith
Written by Prince Paul, Trugoy The Dove, Vincent Mason, Posdnuos, Mark Adams, Steve Arrington, Mark Hicks, Raymond Turner, Dan Webster, Starleana Young, Thomas Locket, Bob Marley and Rod Temperton
Performed by De La Soul
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Music
Contains samples of "Just a Touch of Love" performed by Slave, "Could You Be Loved" performed by Bob Marley and "Sign of the Times" performed by Bob James
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Don't see it for the wrong reasons
21 February 2000 | by danger-15See all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

18 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,742,129, 20 February 2000

Gross USA:

$16,970,581

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,780,255
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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