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.
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
Seth Davis is never seen making real money as he's still driving around in his station wagon, or driving with other characters with high-priced cars throughout the movie. The assumption is he never makes it as a successful broker, despite being first in his recruiting class to have opened up the required 40 accounts. On Wall Street broker trainees are required to open 40 accounts for their senior broker and are known as account openers. See more »
Jim begins the orientation interview with the new recruits by telling them we expect our coworkers to treat each other with a certain level of respect, yet throughout the film we see and hear the brokers constantly berating and belittling each other with profanity and other remarks and gestures. See more »
[to the new recruits]
You become an employee of this firm, you will make your first million within three years. I'm gonna repeat that - you will make a million dollars.
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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.
The plot in Boiler Room is true to reality. A friend of mine was telling me about an outfit he used to work for in the 80's. Worked just like JT Marlin. They switched name three times in two years. My friend called people who lived far away so he wouldn't have to run into them at the grocery store.
The way the company keeps their brokers hungry is by encouraging excessive spending, such as luxury cars, so they have to make even more money to keep up with the lifestyle.
Boiler Room has a group of young actors that all play their parts well. Giovanni Ribisi makes a good appearance, and Nia Long needs to be in more movies.
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