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Boiler Room (2000)

Giovanni Ribisi , Vin Diesel , Ben Younger  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, Ben Affleck, Nicky Katt
  • Directors: Ben Younger
  • Writers: Ben Younger
  • Producers: Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Richard Brener, Claire Rudnick Polstein
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 11, 2000
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780631536
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,751 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Boiler Room" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary - Director Ben Younger and producer Jennifer Todd
  • Deleted Scenes and Alternate Ending

Editorial Reviews

Giovanni Ribisi, Nia Long. A college dropout pleases his father and his bosses with his success at a brokerage firm-but his scruples soon go out the window. 2000/color/120 min/R.

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104 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More realistic than you may think! March 13, 2005
Format:DVD
I am a Stockbroker with 15 years of experience. I began my career working for a firm that was like the firm portrayed in the film in many respects. In fact, I have heard this film was based on a firm that ended up merging with the one I worked for.

The film provides a very accurate portrayal of a Small Cap firm from the late 80s to early 90s. For example, the recruitment process was perfect. You didn't need a resume, you didn't need an education and they didn't want people who already had licenses. They wanted raw recruits that didn't know anything and they made money on the testing process.

After you passed the test, you received no training, you got a list (any way you could) and cold called until you opened an account on what they told you to buy. If you didn't open accounts within a month you were out. In the film, they cut off Riblisi's tie as a right of passage. In my firm, the first time you did $1000 in commissions in a single day they cut off your tie.

Other things are realisitic as well; the fact that the firm has positions in the stocks that they sell and there is extra commission at certain moments, the Brokers all know every word of the movie- Wall Street, that they have big houses or apartments with no furniture, they drink and get into scrapes as a group, that all happened at my firm.

There are many more examples of parallels between the firm in the movie and the experiences of the main characters and my own real life experiences. This movie may seem outrageous or over the top to some, but, it is as accurate as a movie about this subject could be.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gen X Wall Street October 3, 2000
Format:DVD
At first, I was a little apprehensive about "Boiler Room" thinking it was just gonna be "Wall Street: Part 2". I finally rented it on tape and loved it. One of this year's most underrated films, Boiler Room is a smart and energetic film with excellent performances from it's right cast. The film tells the story of Seth Davis, a decent college dropout earning a living by running a casino inside his house, much to the strong dismay of his frustrated judge father. In order to impress his dad, Seth takes on a job at a stock brokerage firm where he becomes a fast tracking stock broker and making good money. Only later does he find out that his job isn't what it's cracked up to be. The performances are strong, particularly from lead Ribisi and supporting characters Nicky Katt as a two faced co-worker, Ron Rifkin as his dad, and Scott Caan as a hotheaded co-worker. Vin Diesel does quite well as the good guy to Ribisi's Davis. The film definitely has the testosterone feel of a Generation X movie with The Angel's rap/classical score. There's even an homage to "Wall Street" that I don't want to spoil. If you're in the mood for a really good film, rent "Boiler Room". Look for the director Ben Younger in a cameo as a stock broker.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Boiler Room May Boil Your Nerves July 9, 2006
Format:DVD
Some folks might rent or buy this DVD for its well known names, but Vin Disel and Ben Afflec play very small roles It is Giovanni Ribsi that shines. He plays a young college drop out, who turns to an in-house, illegal gambling den to help him release his inner rage and built up anxieties towards his demanding father.

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But it is his discovery of a Boiler Room operation hawking non-existent stocks and bonds for non-existent companies that really steers this movie.

Fantastic interactions between the main character, and Vin Disel character. I appreciated the relationship beteen Giovanni and the secretary character, but I felt it was under-developed and weak. Could have been left out, or developed better.

I saw this one in the theater, and now own on DVD, and would recommend it to any Pre-MBA student, or Wall Street wannabe. It is great training.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Boiler Room' goes through the roof! July 22, 2000
Format:DVD
This film seems to cover all of the bases-fast-paced action, peerless performances, and hysterical dialogue (but a warning, they are all saturated with the vernacular of stressed-out, potty-mouthed stock brokers). Although some reviews have said the script is convoluted and lacks direction, I entirely disagree. The script contains scenes that reveal the many dilemmas that plague Seth (Giovanni Ribisi) - his struggle to gain the approval of his inhibited father, a federal judge; his fight to live with himself; and his need for redemption. It is obvious that it is quite difficult to find films that are so tightly and expertly woven these days, but overlooked films like `The Boiler Room' confirm that there are still writers and directors out there who know how to do their job competently.
Ben Affleck has a memorable cameo as the guy who motivates the young brokers-to-be. Vin Diesel's role is small but he most definitely makes the most of all of his scenes. Nia Long plays Abby, whose role (if I must nitpick) I felt could have been developed a bit more and contained more connecting scenes with Seth. The kudos really goes to Giovanni Ribisi, who is proving that he is fast becoming one of Hollywood's hottest and most talented stars. Enigmatic in appearance and disquieting in demeanor, he takes command of every scene and delivers his lines with emotion and bite. I cannot think of another actor who could play the role of Seth as well as he did. His performance in the role of a young man struggling to come to terms with himself keeps you nailed to your seat for the entire duration of the film.
The rap music and slightly annoying cinematography chiefly in the beginning of the film can be easily forgotten once all the primary elements are established. Don't miss this film!
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I saw this movie on TV and ordered it because I wanted to study the story in greater detail. My impression of the story is closely related to all the sales calls I get from... Read more
Published 13 hours ago by P. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Good watch
Interesting plot and worth an evening view. I enjoyed the NYC shots and the storyline around the buying and selling of stock. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Hilgeebaby!
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie for collection.
What can I say? I like the movie. The DVD delivers what it promises. Probably not the best acting in the world but the movie opens with a bang & keeps the viewer interested... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Budwick
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine flashback -- or is it just history ripe for repeating?
Amazing, the similarity between Boiler Room and The Wolf of Wall Street. Each is a riveting, terrific film which only reaffirms the idea that, "plus ça change, plus c'est la même... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Gary E. Osius
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie
The movie is a classic sales movie and one I would highly suggest for anyone trying to get into the industry. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Fred Bartolomei
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Boiler room is one of my all time favorite movies about white collar crime. The story line is great, the cast was awesome give, or take a couple, and it's interesting to watch
Published 28 days ago by Mj
2.0 out of 5 stars It's Not "Wall Street"
Very predictable and campy. It has its moments but the poorly set up conflict between Giovanni Ribisi's character and his dad wears you out; and then they drop the old "When... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Vernon Eckleberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldy but Goody!!
I really like this movie, it's obviously not new but it has a twist in the ending and I don't think anyone would ever guess what happens. I love movies like that. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shanel Stewart
3.0 out of 5 stars The first half is a very fun, engaging, entertaining ride, but the...
The main reason I was drawn to this movie to begin with was Ben Affleck having a small role. He's always been fun to watch even when he's in a bad movie, not to say this is a bad... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nicholas Parr
5.0 out of 5 stars Cogiendo
I've been eating three years to watch this movie. Well worth it. I love the dad son relationship. Part two please.
Published 1 month ago by manuel i leon
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