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Boiler Room [VHS] [2000]

Giovanni Ribisi , Vin Diesel , Ben Younger    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, Nicky Katt, Scott Caan
  • Directors: Ben Younger
  • Writers: Ben Younger
  • Producers: Claire Rudnick Polstein, E. Bennett Walsh, Jennifer Todd, Pamela Post, Richard Brener
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • VHS Release Date: 26 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XQT0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,930 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The intense soundtrack of Boiler Room is a fitting underscore for this movie, which pulses with the vigour of young, rich, amoral men wreaking havoc. This is not the anti-societal havoc of Fight Club, but the more deliberate mayhem that comes from greed run amok. The testosterone-junkie brokers of JT Marlin (the only female in the office is Abby, the receptionist and love interest, played by Nia Long) are out to make the sale, and whether that sale is legal or ethical doesn't matter.

Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi) is a 19-year-old college dropout who strives for approval from his father (Ron Rifkin), a judge who is horrified that his son operates a 24-hour illicit casino. When an old friend visits the casino with a fellow broker, Davis is impressed by their wads of money and yellow Ferrari, and decides to join the firm. In no time he's making sales and settling into the groove of the office and all the after-hours perks, but the dream fades when Davis discovers the scam that is making all of the brokers wealthy beyond their dreams.

Borrowing heavily from Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross, Boiler Room is at its best when dealing with matters of money, and powerful scenes of Davis learning to be a "closer" showcase the significant talent of Ribisi, Nicky Katt, and Vin Diesel. The movie flounders when developing the relationship between Davis and his father, becoming sentimental and trite. However, as a fable of modern society and a nostalgic vehicle about the days of yuppies past, Boiler Room is right on the money. --Jenny Brown, Amazon.com --This text refers to another version of this video.

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19-year-old New York college drop-out Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi) has always been a disappointment to his father, Marty (Ron Rifkin), but seems to have at last earned a little grudging respect when he passes his broker's exams and becomes employed at J.T. Marlin. Inspired by the ambitious approach of his new colleagues in the 'boiler room', Seth sets out to make his first million, at the same time embarking on a romance with company secretary Abby (Nia Long). However, it isn't long before Seth realizes that he is in fact defrauding his new clients; the stock he is selling is worthless, and the whole J.T. Marlin operation is an illegal scam. Unable to talk to anyone, Seth's dilemma over whether to expose the operation and so lose his new-found friends and status is heightened when the FBI become involved...

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Boiler Room follows in the tradition of Wall Street and Glengarry Glenross (both mentioned in the film). It tells of the pitfalls and perils of the cruel, cold world of hard sales. Having worked in that industry, I can relate to so much of it.

I first watched it while working in one of those sales jobs with my work mates and we laughed at the similiarities between J.T. Marlin and our own company (NOT the illegal parts). The self-centred, unbearably conceited sales reps and the testosterone charged relationships between them were all too familiar.

The film tells the story of Seth (Ribisi), a young, college dropout who runs a small casino in his living room. Desperate to win the respect of his father and believing that 'honour's in the dollar' he takes a job at a stock broking firm - J.T. Marlin. Working his way up the ranks he learns the art of the hard sell but soon begins to see that everything is not as clean and legal as it first seemed. Before he knows it, he is sucked into a world he hates and he is ruining lives.

The acting is first class. Giovanni Ribisi is easy to sympathise with and Ben Affleck gives the best performance of his career and in general, the rest of the cast are excellent. The script and story are very engrossing and make an excellent film for all.

The DVD is also very good. Although the commentary is AWFUL and best avoided, it does include the trailer and four deleted scenes, two of which were clearly cut for a reason and the other two are great, especially the alternate ending, which I feel works better than the one in the film - much darker.

For me, having worked (past tense, thank God!) in hard sales, I love the film on a personal level.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gangsters without guns 30 Jan 2014
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'Boiler Room' brings together several of the 'Saving Private Ryan' cast and serves up a fast-moving drama that explores the dark marriage between greedy underground stockbrokers and their gullible clients.

Seth Davis is a college dropout who continually disappoints his father (a federal judge). When his illegal casino is uncovered, he tries to follow the respectable route into stockbroking - but picks the wrong horse and slowly becomes embroiled in a scam outfit that rips off their client list through hard-sell tactics.

This film is from the year 2000, so it's not a swipe at the finance industry after the 2008 crash. It's a useful drama and a watchable 1 hour and 50 minutes. The 'Boiler Room' plot captures the testosterone-fuelled frenzy that stirs the heady cocktail of money and power. The human element is included throughout and the party gradually comes unstuck as the FBI close in on their suited and booted prey.

Extras include 4 deleted scenes and a commentary.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly, a 'chick' who liked this flick 12 Feb 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
A film with some fantastic acting and passionate performances from some of last years most promising new stars, especially Giovanni Ribisi and Vin Diesel. Ben Affleck provides a charismatic performance and has an amazing screen presence (despite the fact that his total screen time can't be more than 10 minutes), a fast, clever and convincing script, (with a brand of humour its best not to take too seriously) and perfect sound track, all come together to create the testosterone packed world of the J T Marlin Stock Broker's. This film, however, often moves too quickly over important plot points and spends too long on relationships that go no where. And (with out giving anything away) I found the end a let down after the promising build up. This is however a fast moving film, with immense attitude, that might just convince you to hang up on the slick, phone salesmen...if you're lucky...or female.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded even my best expectations 26 Dec 2007
I'd heard a fair bit about this film since it came out quite a few years ago, and finally I got my hands on a copy of it and this didn't disappoint. With great performances from Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Affleck and Vin Diesel, a great story, a really good old school hip hop soundtrack and very well filmed this has to be seen as a modern classic. Based around the illegal stockbroking business this film plays out like a gangster movie without actually being a gangster movie. By this I mean it is similar in the way it is about organised crime and we follow the rise of the central character(Ribisi) from a nobody who makes a bit of cash setting up illegal poker games to becoming the pinnacle of the illegal stockbroking business. Though having resemblences with gangster movies it leaves out the unnecessary shootings and violence and replaces it with a well-thought and effective piece about the ins and outs of city and business life and the fraud and other illegal activities within it. It prevails in being a cool, stylish movie featuring some well-known actors who are all on top of their game. This is a must-see movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable movie 4 May 2013
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Some movies can present really useful training material. As someone who has been of the receiving end of callers from boiler rooms,I found that watching this film gave me some insight into the mentality and behaviour of the kinds of people who work in them. Since watching this movie, I have learned that it is a favourite film for the kind of people portrayed in it. If you ever receive a cold call offering you a once in a lifetime investment that will earn you a lot of money, it is likely that the caller would have watched this movie and learned some tricks from it.

The boiler room in this movie is a firm based in an out-of-town office building an hour's drive outside New York. Despite this, all the employees dress and speak as if they are Wall Street brokers. In this movie, the firm is called J.T. Marlin, which sounds a bit like J.P. Morgan, the massive US investment bank. The similarity of names is deliberate. The employees then cold call potential customers and reel them in to buying speculative investments, which in this movie turn out to be worthless.

The key behaviours of brokers in these boiler rooms are: a hunger for money, a complete lack of any scruples, aggression (often enhanced through drug taking) and a readiness to use any number of rebuttals to make a sale. The firm in this movie specialises in corporate stock but nowadays, boiler rooms are just as likely to sell development land, carbon credits, vintage wine and coloured diamonds etc, which turn out to have far less an investment potential than the 'brokers' claim.

Although I have experience of boiler rooms in Britain and Europe, I could see so many parallels with the US firm in this movie. It is very well acted movie with superb sense of pace and atmosphere, which helped show the viewers the human price exacted by such scam artists.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Boiler Room DVD
Not sure about this DVD as I bought it for a friend of a friend who is into stock market etc. not seen it myself!!
Published 4 months ago by Jackie Sumner
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the favourite films.
Love Giovanni Ribisi, think he is really understated.

And don't let Vin Diesel put you off, he doesn't just punch people all the way through it, probably his best acted... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul G
This is a must for wanabee up and comming Tele sales people ,and what can happen if you join an unregulated company
Published 6 months ago by louise mcnab
5.0 out of 5 stars Will use again
Quick delivery and product of good quality and as described . Good all round service and a good film. Will use again
Published 7 months ago by Anthony Gilmour
5.0 out of 5 stars easy come and easier go
I wanted to see this movie way back when, at a time we were much involved in the market. While never involved with this sort of thing, it was very interesting to watch this. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jayd
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tk u, arrived promptly and its fine, tk u very much, i will order again from u, tks v m
Published 12 months ago by ryan meli
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay film.... a bit mixed up
Based on the historic madness of those times. I used to get monthly calls from these so called brokers.
A much better film in this genre is Margin Call...! Watch that one..
Published 15 months ago by Frosty
4.0 out of 5 stars J.T. Marlin.
Its quite amusing. - You can tell the film is from the early 2000s by some of the rap music that is played throughout! Read more
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