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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)
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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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Welcome to the New American Dream. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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18 February 2000 (USA)  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Ben Affleck and Nicky Katt appear alongside Giovanni Ribisi's twin sister Marissa in Dazed and Confused (1993). Giovanni appeared in SubUrbia (1996), also directed by Richard Linklater. See more »

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Harry Renard could've pressed criminal charges against Seth and J,T. Marlin. 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 Workaholics: Fat Cuz (2012) See more »

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Wait Gekko
from Wall Street (1987)
Written by Stewart Copeland
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Depressing, yet hard edged
23 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

This film owes a credit to Glengarry Glenn Ross and Wall Street, but I actually liked this better. Why? Because it seemed more real to me (the script and acting probably did it) than the other films. I liked the Giovanni Ribisi character, who changes slightly through the film, but eventually we see the real side of him, which is great. Funny, thrilling and cool, this film may not be for the weak at heart, but it is for anyone who can afford the tickets. Ben Affleck appears (in one of his better performances) as Ribisi's showy and pushy boss at the stock place. One of the better films (top 20) of the new year. A+


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