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BOILER ROOM (2000)

Seth Davis is a college dropout running an illegal casino from his rented apartment. Driven by his domineering fathers 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 Jay (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 new found career. As he begins to excel and develop a love for the hard sale and high commission, a few chance encounters leads Seth to question the legitimacy of the firms operations – placing him once again at odds with his father and what remains of his morality… Ratner’s, the restaurant Seth and his family eat dinner in, is the same restaurant that Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider stake out in The French Connection. Greg tells Chris to get his “One Race” hands off his money. Chris is played by Vin Diesel, who’s production company is called One Race Productions. In the scene where Chris (Vin Diesel) and Seth (Giovanni Ribisi) are waiting outside Greg’s (Nicky Katt) house, we never see the car move or get turned on. 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 absolutely 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.

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