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on February 3, 2005
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.

This put his peers into a moral dilemma. Some had already become disenchanted with the charismatic Joe Hunt. Others were strong supporters. Eventually, a couple of guys went to the police, but the police were slow to react without any evidence. Joe Hunt found out someone had been talking to the police, and declares war on those BBC members who had betrayed him.

You will have to watch the movie to see how this turns out. Again, the amazing thing is that this is a true story. Truth is stranger than fiction.
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on September 27, 2008
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. This plot didn't work either and Joe was losing control over the guys. Two of the guys secretly went to the police and this led to the end of the BBC.

Two especially good books were written about this story. They are as follows:

The Billionaire Boys Club by Sue Horton
The Price of Experience by Randall Sullivan
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on August 16, 2016
I remember when this film was on TV back in the late 80's, and it was absolutely one of the most well written, well acted, well scripted movies on television at that time. Judd Nelson was the stand out as he brought to life to real life murderer, Joe Hunt and the murder of Ron Levin and Reza Eslaminia, and the crazy scheme to rob them of their money, while running a crazy a crazy Ponzi Scheme to pay off his investors. Well worth the money. I hear there is a new movie coming out on this film, staring Kevin Spacey and other younger cast members. Can't wait to compare the two.
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on June 20, 2012
Back in the 80s I was in jr high, and some friends had a computer club called the bbc. I remember them saying they named it after a tv show with "the guy from the breakfast club". I was always curious to find this movie since I am a fan of the 80's music & glamor scene, so I was stoked to order this on DVD from Amazon. Nelson plays Joe Hunt perfectly and I wish they had released a part 2 or even a tv series based on this film, it is that good! And in case you want a trailer to watch , YouTube has one with one of the movies best scenes.
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on March 15, 2011
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.

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on August 13, 2006
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.

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on March 24, 2013
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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on August 27, 2009
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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on February 4, 2016
Haven't seen this movie for years but it is a good cast and riveting story. Both Judd Nelson and Ron Silver were terrific. Judd Nelson does great job of portraying Joe Hunt the murderous con artist. It's a good watch.
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on July 31, 2011
I was sitting in a resturaunt and I heard a the pet shop boys song from this movie and I thought, "Billionaire Boys Club, I remember watching it after I taped the TV miniseries on betamax." I looked it up on netflix and it was not available. I wanted to watch it again, so I looked it up on Amazon and it was available for a very affordable price. My husband and I both remember it from the 80s and it was nice to watch it soon after the thought crossed my mind. It was just as good as I remember it to be:)
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