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Billionaire Boys Club
cast: Judd Nelson, Ron Silver, Fredric Lehne, Brian McNamara, and Raphael Sbarge

director: Marvin J. Chomsky

175 minutes (15) 1987
Network DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 8/10
reviewed by Jo Johnson-Smith
I grew up in the 1980s and seeing this made all those memories come flooding back, the power suits, the obnoxious way of speaking, the hunger for money, and the total disregard of humanity.

This is a true life story made into a movie for television and, believe me, it doesn't get any weirder than this´┐Ż a group of young turks want to make it big the easy way and so they begin to con, swindle and cheat their way to the top. Only it doesn't go so well and someone ends up being a better shark than them, being lost on the commodities markets and being shafted by older and wiser men brings the inexperienced leader of the group into making really bad decisions, including murder.

The tale is told in retrospect in a courtroom and it's like watching a sinking ship, you can see what's going wrong and you wonder why no one else could at the time. But it was the 1980s and we all wanted the slice of the pie without working for it, thing was someone ended up giving his life for the chance. Ron Levin was the actual con man who went missing and whom the main protagonist Joe Hunt was supposed to have killed using a list of dos and don'ts making it the almost perfect murder.

What this movie is best at is telling people that whatever you think is too good to be true really is too good to be true and you're going to be lucky if you come out the other end wearing the clothes you're stood up in. One to watch when the weather's bad and you want to scare the teenagers you have in the house, with 'this is the real world kids get used to it.'

Not too bad, but something I'd like to send to the bankers in London.
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