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Boiler Room (2000)

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A college dropout, attempting to live up to his father's high standards, 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 first appeared to be.

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Ben Younger

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Ben Younger
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovanni Ribisi ... Seth Davis
Vin Diesel ... Chris Varick
Nia Long ... Abbie Halpert
Nicky Katt ... Greg Weinstein
Scott Caan ... Richie O'Flaherty
Ron Rifkin ... Judge Marty Davis
Jamie Kennedy ... Adam
Taylor Nichols ... Harry Reynard
Bill Sage ... FBI Agent David Drew
Tom Everett Scott ... Michael Brantley
Ben Affleck ... Jim Young
John Griesemer John Griesemer ... Concierge
David Younger David Younger ... Marc
Herbert Russell ... Kid (as Russell Harper)
Mark Webber ... Kid
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Storyline

Seth Davis is a college dropout running an illegal casino from his rented apartment. Driven by his domineering father's 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 Jim (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 newfound career. As he begins to excel and develop a love for the hard sale and high commission, a few chance encounters lead 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 Wall... Written by anonymous

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Where would you turn? How far would you go? How hard will you fall? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

18 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El nuevo sueño americano See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,742,129, 20 February 2000

Gross USA:

$16,970,581

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,780,255
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Chris (Vin Diesel) and Seth (Giovanni Ribisi) are waiting outside Greg's (Nicky Katt's) house, we never see the car move or get started. Before they shot the scene, Ben Affleck was sitting in the car, listening to music. He accidentally took the car keys home with him. They had to shoot the scene that night, and couldn't find Ben. They shot the scene, with the car where it is, and lit up the house, so there wouldn't be a reflection of the camera and crew. See more »

Goofs

When trying to save his father's career Seth says it'd be worth going to jail for, however he was charged with violating of 26 FCC, and NAS regulations, his only under the assumption he would go to jail, even though the judge would be deciding factor for his sentence, his point is that he would rather be prosecuted than let his father. See more »

Quotes

Chris Varick: [Waiting outside Greg's house in Chris's Range Rover] Fucking guy's probably got more rooms than his ever been in
Seth Davis: I was wondering, do you ever wonder how we make the rips we do? That we make rips that pay out more than any other major firm?
Chris Varick: You're kidding me right? That's the wrong question to be asking, the only thing you should be worried about tonight is how you're going to get laid
Seth Davis: I'm serious, FCC regulations state that maximum rip allowed is five percent allowed and we're making four times...
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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 »

Alternate Versions

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.
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Connections

Referenced in Casual: The Magpie (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Impress the Kid
Written by Slick Rick and Shampalla Everett
Performed by Slick Rick
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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These Guys Can Act!
3 August 2006 | by TimeaSiestaSee all my reviews

The large and well-selected cast turned in very powerful performances. They crafted a convincing range of emotions, from cunning cut-throat manipulators of their clients' personal wealth during office hours, to brief examples of their "boys will be boys" shenanigans after hours. The story line is built completely around their personal financial greed, the hapless victims they scammed to realize it (with the greatest focus on one of them), and a well-sustained sense of mystery that plants seeds of possibilities along the way. The ending was not at all predictable; it could have gone in any of several directions. The viewer gets the impression that if these predators could yank even the last remaining penny out of a client on his (they targeted males) deathbed, they'd gleefully do so and view it as a major coup giving them full bragging rights. There's a hint of information about how legitimate stockbrokers earn their credentials and that was enlightening. The romantic angles are minimalized and that serves to benefit the film. The language is consistently coarse, but certainly seemed realistic for the characters' ages, their business sector and their work ethic. For everyone who enjoyed "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Wall Street" (both of which are alluded to in the film), or even more appropriately "The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron," this feature will really score a bulls-eye.


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