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Boiler Room (2000)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Seth Davis
... Chris Varick
... Abbie Halpert
... Greg Weinstein
... Richie O'Flaherty
... Judge Marty Davis
... Adam
... Harry Reynard
... FBI Agent David Drew
... Michael Brantley
... Jim Young
John Griesemer ... Concierge
David Younger ... Marc
... Kid (as Russell Harper)
... Kid
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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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Rated R for strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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$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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Trivia

Giovanni Ribisi and Vin Diesel appeared in Saving Private Ryan (1998). Also, Giovanni Ribisi and Scott Caan appeared in Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000). See more »

Goofs

Greg tells Michael he has a list a clients that have taken heavy losses and continued to trade stock with him, that makes no sense because no client would continue to do business with a broker and their firm if they're constantly losing money. See more »

Quotes

Seth Davis: [Over the phone] You got a call from an associate broker of mine and I wanted to know if you enjoyed the information we sent you?
Harry Reynard: What information?
Seth Davis: If you get as much mail as I do you'd probably brush it to the side but more importantly we made a commitment to get back to you. I'm presenting you with a business opportunity that I think you'll find very interesting
Harry Reynard: I'm not really in the market right now.
Seth Davis: Tell me, are you married? Are you happy?
Harry Reynard: Actually I've been married for ten years.
Seth Davis: [...]
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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 »

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Referenced in Don't Be an Asshole (2013) See more »

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New York (Ya Out There)
Written by Rakim, DJ Premier, Bodie Chandler and Barry De Vorzon
Performed by Rakim
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
Contains a sample of "Down & Out in NYC"
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Music Special Markets
Contains a sample of "Wild Style Dixie Battle"
Performed by Chief Rocker Busy Bee
Courtesy of Pow Wow Productions
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The real thing
23 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

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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