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Billionaire Boys Club (2008)

Judd Nelson , Fredric Lehne , Marvin J. Chomsky  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Judd Nelson, Fredric Lehne, Brian McNamara, Raphael Sbarge, John Stockwell
  • Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky
  • Writers: Greg Critser, Gy Waldron, Sue Horton
  • Producers: Marvin J. Chomsky, Ann Weston, Donald March, Marcy Gross
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016OKQOE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Billionaire Boys Club" on IMDb

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Based on the case that captivated the country in the early '80s, the BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB tells the shocking true story of Joe Hunt, a charismatic financial whiz kid who refused to let anything or anyone stand in the way of his pursuit of immense wealth.Starring Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire) in one of the most compelling performances of his career as the brazen and ambitious Joe Hunt, and Ron Silver (Ali, The West Wing) as the con man who ultimately becomes his victim, the BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB is a thrilling expos‚ of an era of excess and what happens when the desire for cold, hard cash trumps all.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Based on a TRUE STORY February 3, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
What makes this movie so interesting is that it is based on a TRUE story. The story line stays close to the actual court transcripts, and as the story unfolds there are frequent scene cuts back to the courtroom testimony.

Joe Hunt was the "nerd" kid who went to a prestigious school on a scholarship. He was a smart kid, and on the debate team, but no one paid much attention to him back then. When he returned to town a few years later, he contacted some of his old classmates, who were all from wealthy families. They discussed how when your parents are highly successful, it is difficult or impossible to live up to your parents' expectations. Joe Hunt convinced these former classmates that they should "start at the top." Join his organization called the BBC.

This newly formed organization was involved in various business ventures, but primarily commodities trading, attracting investors with a new invention they bought the rights to, and importing gray market vehicles. This BBC was both a business venture and a classy social club. Joe Hunt convinced his new business partners to invest their personal money in the BBC too, presumably for the commodities market, but actually Joe Hunt used the money to cover other business expenses of the BBC.

Joe Hunt promoted his "paradox philosophy," which is basically that it is okay to tell lies if it helps advance your position. It follows that Joe Hunt was severely lacking in any business ethics. When the BBC started to run out of money, a plan was hatched to extort money from someone, and then kill him. This was done, and then Joe Hunt called to staff meeting to say, "We bumped off Levin, and if anyone goes to the police, you will be dead too." This was a strange way to resolve corporate debt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A recipe for murder September 27, 2008
By Kerry D
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Judd Nelson is excellent as Joe Hunt in this true story about greed and murder amongst the rich and privileged of Los Angeles.

Joe Hunt came from a poor family and was considered by his former "privileged" classmates as being nerdy, unpopular, and a scholarship kid. After college, Joe became reacquainted with some of his rich former classmates through Dean Karny. He convinced this group of guys that he was an expert in commodities trading and he had a "risk free" strategy that would produce big returns. The guys were very impressed so they gave Joe all of their inheritances to invest in the commodities markets. But instead of investing the money, Joe used their money to rent office space and hire employees for his new company, the Billionaire Boys Club.

Joe scammed money from wealthy businessmen, spent some of the money to maintain his lavish lifestyle and the rest he lost in the commodities market. And to keep his investors from getting suspicious, Joe mailed out fake statements that showed a small profit but eventually the investors started asking for their money back. Joe was desperate to find new investors.

Joe met Ron Levin, who was a wealthy businessman and con-artist himself. He was hoping to scam Ron Levin out of enough money that he could bail out the BBC. But as it turned out Ron scammed Joe. Joe was furious and decided to kill Ron Levin. Joe's biggest mistake was leaving a hand written "to-do list" at Ron's house. The police found this list and later used it in court. The prosecutor proclaimed, "It's a recipe for murder".

In Joe's continual pursuit for more cash, a plot was hatched to kidnap Hedayat Eslaminia, a rich former Iranian official and hold him for ransom.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great "lost 80's" gem! Should be released in NTSC! August 13, 2006
Format:DVD
Probably the best "post breakfast club" work by brat-packer Judd Nelson. You'll also spot a lot of other great 80's talent in this film. Great acting, perfect casting and excellent story telling - all based on real events.

This is a very good film and should certainly be available on NTSC (region 1) DVD.

If you're a fan of courtroom drama's, films based on real events, and like movies with an 80's feel... you'll enjoy this "lost 80's" gem.

-JM
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect portrayal of a sociopath by Judd Nelson March 24, 2013
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I was doing graduate work in psychology when I saw this movie. Judd Nelson's portrayed a charismatic psychopath perfectly. Would love to have it available on Amazon Instant Video!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 80's movie March 15, 2011
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I first saw this movie back in the late 80's and was hoping that it would come out on DVD. I originally had this on VHS but we all know what happened to that.

I would add this movie to your Wall Street, Rogue Trader, Trading Places, Other People's Money and Barbarians at the Gate movie collection.

It's over 3 hours long but the suspense will keep you watching.

Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate example of "Follow the Leader' August 27, 2009
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Although this made for tv film is over 20 years old, it is riveting to watch. The true story of Joe Hunt,an ambitious and brilliant young man with distorted values climbing the corporate ladder and convincing all those around him to knowingly cross moral boundaries, holds your interest from start to finish. The lead actor "Judd Nelson" is absolutely mesmerizing in every scene. The fact that you even feel some measure of sympathy for him is a true test of his topnotch acting. In my opinion, he should have been nominated for an emmy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie but creepy people and it's true!
Published 1 month ago by Leslie Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't play entire film....
Great film from the golden age of made for TV dramas, that is the '80s. HOWEVER our copy doesn't play the second half of the movie!!! very frustrating!!!!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter Zaremba
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 2 months ago by Ross Rock
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
thank you
Published 2 months ago by Robert J. Anglin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Judd Nelson is very good in this movie. Great acting for being so young at the time. Very entertaining and interesting plot. Although, real life is always stranger than fiction.
Published 3 months ago by Dawn R. Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars judd nelson was excellent
this movie is a little long but well worth watching....judd nelson plays the evil executive wannabe to the hilt
you can hardly wait until the end to see what finally happens... Read more
Published 8 months ago by carol mcgorman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Price. Excellent Shipping. Excellent 80s film
This film held up well over the years, particularly in sync when this crime occurred. Marvin J. Chomsky never disappoints, an excellent director of his day and I wish he would... Read more
Published 8 months ago by KittyScratchesBooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Differet Version Than The Original
The movie is good, however, the edited version I received from AMAZON was very strange with parts of the story missing, and I am not not happy about it.
Published 10 months ago by james hardin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
This movie is as relevant today as it was when it was first released. Shows the depth of lust for money and power that lies beneath the surface in some people. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Princess Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to own the DVD
Loved this flick and recorded it on VHS when it first aired. Haven't seen it in a few years...glad I found it on dvd...just watched it again. Wow. What a story!
Published 16 months ago by Barbara M.
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