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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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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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$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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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 »

Goofs

When Michael is talking to the room full of brokers to tell them about the party, his tie pin is alternately closed/open between shots. See more »

Quotes

Judge Marty Davis: [Over the phone] Hi Seth how are you?
Seth Davis: Dad?
Judge Marty Davis: Yeah can I change your mind about doing this IPO scheme?
Seth Davis: No I've already gone in with somebody
Judge Marty Davis: Then I'll help you out with this
Seth Davis: You're going to do it with me?
Judge Marty Davis: No I can't do that but I can at least make sure you don't get caught, I know somebody over at Ellis Proud he can talk to you about it so why don't you come over the house tomorrow night?
Seth Davis: Thank you dad I'm so glad you called
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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 »

Connections

References The French Connection (1971) See more »

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Funky Child
Written by Marley Marl, Tank Wardrick, Du Kelly, James Brown, Casey James, Charles Bobbitt, Fred Wesley, Thom Bell
Performed by Lords of the Underground
Courtesy of Pendulum Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
Contains samples of "My Thang", "Mind Power" and "Take Some Leave Some" performed by James Brown
Contains sample of "Moses Theme" performed by Frankie Bleu
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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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