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Billionaire Boys Club (2018)

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A group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establish a 'get-rich-quick' scam that turns deadly.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ansel Elgort ... Joe Hunt
Kevin Spacey ... Ron Levin
Taron Egerton ... Dean Karny
Emma Roberts ... Sydney Evans
Ryan Rottman ... Scott Biltmore
Jeremy Irvine ... Kyle Biltmore
Thomas Cocquerel ... Charlie Bottoms
Bokeem Woodbine ... Tim Pitt
Barney Harris ... Izzy Samedi
Waleed Zuaiter ... The Persian / Izzy's Dad
Suki Waterhouse ... Quintana 'Q' Bisset
Billie Lourd ... Rosanna Ricci
Judd Nelson ... Ryan (Joe Hunt's Dad)
Tony Taplin Tony Taplin ... Artsy Friend
Fuschia Sumner ... Sales Girl (as Fuschia Kate Sumner)
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A group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establish a 'get-rich-quick' scam that turns deadly.

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Young, Cunning and Deadly See more »


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Rated R for language throughout, drug use, some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billionaire Boys Club See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$618, 19 August 2018
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Trivia

In the early 1980s, the United States dollar has appreciated greatly against the European currencies, and Europe was a huge bargain for the Americans.

Many European manufacturers often limited the model ranges and options for the American market due to the onerous compliance process of meeting the US automotive safety and emission regulations. Additionally, the European cars sold in the US had higher level of equipment as standard. Both were the factors for higher sales price in the US.

One example is grossly underpowered and overpriced Mercedes-Benz 380SEL sold in the United States from 1981 to 1985 while the Europeans had powerful 500SEL for lower cost than American-marketed 380SEL. The grey importers brought many 500SEL to the United States due to high demand by American consumers.

The grey importers took advantage of weak federal laws with several loopholes. The vehicles could be brought to the United States for personal use as long as they were at least five years old at time of importation and that they were never to be sold in the United States without modifications to meet US regulations. Many grey importers often used their family members, relatives, friends, and colleagues to register the vehicles for 'personal use' then sold them unmodified to the consumers.

The grey importers were responsible for modifying the vehicles to meet the US regulations. This could be done by purchasing the necessary parts from the manufacturers, modifying the equipments, taking photos of compliance, and submitting the documentations to the Department of Transportation for approval. Unfortunately, the manufacturers and sales centres licensed by the manufacturers refused to sell those parts. The grey importers resorted to wrecked vehicles for parting out or questionable modifications. Rather than modifying each vehicle, the grey importers kept the photos on file to be used again and again when submitting the documentations to the DOT. Many grey import vehicles didn't have necessary modifications, putting the consumers in danger.

The fraud committed by the grey importers was so rampant. So much that the manufacturers, led by Mercedes-Benz, pushed the Congress to close all of loopholes and make it difficult for the grey importers to operate. See more »

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Camera reflected on the German grey car as it zooms out of the warehouse. See more »

Quotes

Ron Levin: There are only 17 Bullas on the entire planet, and every single one of them... is locked in a museum.
Joe Hunt: It's a fake.
Ron Levin: But you thought it was an original.
Joe Hunt: Yeah.
Ron Levin: And why?... Because the perception of reality... is more real than reality itself...
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Connections

Remake of Billionaire Boys Club (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Dance
Written by David Bowie
Played during a Christmas party at Ron Levin's house.
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Great acting, poor writing.
5 August 2018 | by TheTopDawgSee all my reviews

The entire cast performed exceptionally well, but the poor writing and major plot issues made this film miss the mark. The directing was decent but also need better editing. Still an enjoyable film based on true events, but could have been much better. It's a 7/10 from me


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